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Our Picks from Nariyal Paani 2017

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Nariyal Paani music festival is back with its third edition this January. Hidden in a corner of Alibaug, the venue is just a ferry ride away from the Gateway of India. With tents peppered across the beach, this festival has all the makings of an ideal getaway from the city life. From hip hop to electronic, reggae to indie fusion, the line up promises a trippy ride to your music heaven. Let the waves crash ashore as you sway to the tunes and stargaze all night long. Read about the five acts that should give you enough reason to travel to the festival this month.

Bellatrix
Having collaborated with Feyago at Nariyal Paani 2016, the four-time beatboxing champion Bellatrix will be back to conquer the stage all by herself. Unlike most beatboxers, Bellatrix has a degree in jazz double bass from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. Her broad palette of influences from hip-hop to jazz, folk, and as she says – the downright weird, is apparent across her music and character. She has an unusual and distinctive singing voice and uses live looping with her voice, bass and synth to ‘conjure images of an abstract world drenched in sounds you can taste’.

Suman Sridhar & The Black Mamba
In her new avatar, Suman Sridhar & The Black Mamba perform music off her forthcoming solo album, an international yet rooted sound that is Hip-Hop / Afro-Indian / Neo-Soul.  Integrating the synchronised chaos of her hometown Bombay, Sridhar raps in English, Hindi, Marathi and sings operatic runs weaving themes of dehumanisation, gender, globalisation, love, ecology. Sridhar has carved out a place for herself and she presents her latest work in the contemporary fashion that she’s renowned for, ‘urban and feisty, yet smoother than the richest of velvets’. She is accompanied by Joe Panicker (beats, drums) and Maarten Visser (saxophone). 

Parekh & Singh
Fresh from the international success of their internet sensation single I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll, the pop duo from Kolkata – Nischay Parekh and Jivraj Singh – are bringing their whimsical sound to Nariyal Paani. Their debut album Ocean comprises of ‘nine glowing tracks of cosmic pop that shimmer like an Indian sunset.’

Goa Reggae Sunplash All-Stars
Inspired by Goa Sunsplash Festival, this is a band comprised of some of India's finest reggae musicians with an eclectic mix of traveling artists from all corners of the Earth – Bulgaria, Cambodia and Washington DC to name but a few – each of them lending their experience to the sound. Blending musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a premier rhythm section, GRSAS is a reggae/dub band with influences of world music.

Coconut Water Band
A musical collective of giants in India’s indie scene, coming together and named just so for the purpose of this music festival: Ankur Tewari, Sidd Coutto, Clayton Hogermeer and Nathan Thomas. A tailor-made gig, and definitely one to look forward to.


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