Krosswindz - The legendary World Music band - Exclusive WBRi Feature by Frontman Tuki

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In this article, Vikramjit Banerjee (popularly known as Tuki) writes about Krosswindz - the World Music Band based in Kolkata. Listen to the latest music of Krosswindz and watch WBRi exclusive Music Videos and Photogallery, and a very interesting talk show from KKNW 1150 AM Radio Station broadcasting from Seattle.

Krosswindz is a hugely popular and respected folk-fusion band composing and performing the music of Bengal with a blend of folk music traditions from around the world. Krosswindz is renowned for the musical dexterity and virtuoso skill of their legendary guitar player Vikramjit Banerjee (Tuki) and the unique and mellifluous vocals and gayaki of Chandrani. Krosswindz in based in Calcutta.


(Krosswindz on Lake Michigan during their Chicago tour in 2007)

VIDEO: Krosswindz - Losing my Head

Two of the most famous Bangla songs of Krosswindz are Prithibita Naki Choto Hote hote written by Gautam Chatterjee performed by Krosswindz in the album Abar Bocchor Kuri porey and Jhiko Jhiko from the album Jhiko Jhiko Krosswindz.

The band was formed in 1990, and has toured all over the south-Asian sub-continent, as well as 6 cities in USA playing at major festivals, concerts and clubs and has officially released 12 albums.

 

Krosswindz are:

Vikramjit (Tuki): lead guitar,dotara,khamak backing vocals/songwriter producer
Chandrani: lead vocals/songwriter,percussion
Ratanjit: keyboards/guitar
Rajiv: Vocals-rhyhm guitar
Robi: bass
Jeffrey: drums

VIDEO: Krosswindz - One World

Krosswindz Discography

krosswindz singles- bmg crescendo india,1994
krosswindz poth geche benke-sagarika,1996
krosswindz one world-kosmic music,2002
krosswindz bhebe dekhecho ki-kosmic music,2002
krosswindz jhiko jhiko-sagaika,2004
krosswindz misiki misiki-sagarika,2005
KROSSWINDZ DHOWA-Sagarika,2006

Compilation albums:

aabar bochor kooree porey mohiner ghoraguli,1994
khyapar gaan mohiner ghoraguli,1999
moni chara shunno laagey various artists,2002
THE MUSIC OF THE GLOBE-JOE ANTHONY PRODUCTIONS(USA),2003
Tribute to Eric Johnson various artists, produced-VAL SERRIE TEXAS USA,2004
GIR-VOL1 and VOL2 RSJ Records Delhi
Smokin guns-RSJ RECORDS Delhi

Among a long list of domestic and international achievements, the band has performed and collaborated with internationally reputed names like HERBIE HANCOCK(USA),SKY HIGH(SWEDEN),RAG FOUNDATION(ENGLAND WALES),TIZIAN JOST(GERMANY),PANDIT RAMESH MISHRA(INDIAN SARENGI PLAYER OF INTERNATIONAL REPUTE),SANJAY MISHRA(CLASSICAL GUITARIST USA),THE JAZZ AMBASSADORS(USA),DAVID DYKSTRA(THE BAUTISA BAND SAN-FRANSISCO).

VIDEO - Krosswindz - Tomar Opekkha

The album TRIBUTE TO ERIC JOHNSON USA(GRAMMY winning guitarist from Austin Texas)features the dazzling guitar work by Tuki(KROSSWINDZ) on the track SPACE GUITAR. Available in USA and at Val Serrie productions site.

VIDEO - Krosswindz - Jajabor Pokkhi

"I don't want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any." These words of Mahatma Gandhi (said in a different context) may well be the description of the Kolkata band Krosswindz.

Washington Bangla Radio proudly presents a recorded radio talk show from Seattle's KKNW 1150 AM and clips from a couple of songs by Krosswindz.

 

Audio Clips

  • Kevin McDonald Presents - Krosswindz - the radio show heard on KKNW 1150 AM in Seattle on Oct 10, 2007 - Parts 1 and 2
  • Jajabor Pakhi
  • Morihe Shyam
  • Prithimite Jol Nayi
  • Radhe Cholilo Re


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