The sounds, stories, and philosophies of the Himalayas, Benaras, Persia and Tibet through song.
Regarded to be one of pioneers in the genre of natural trance, Ludo Ji is one of the founding members the critically acclaimed band, Hilight Tribe, with whom he has toured the world and released six studio albums. Being a composer, singer and percussionist who has lived, learned and spent considerable amounts of time in various places including Texas, California, France, Africa, Iran and India, his music is a direct reflection of these varied experiences.
Nashe in Persian and Nasha in Hindi describe a state of elevation. Organic Nasha could be interpreted as natural high. Conceptualized as a result of Ludo Jis many trips, experiences and learning in Tibet, Himalayas, Benaras and other parts of India, Organic Nasha features lyrics in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and brings a with it a message of peace. On this album, Ludo Ji collaborates with commended Indian artists to create unique sound-scapes that take the listener on a spiritual journey. The album was recorded in Ibiza and Delhi is quite literally a world music encounter between east and west.
1. History of India - 5:58
A voyage throughout india's musical treasures. Under the direction of Ludo ji, Vocals, Sitar, Sarangui, Djembe, Tablas , kick-bass and Synth fusion together in a modern jugalbandi. The singer Chetina Shukla offers us divine vocal moments as she sings about "Bharatya Itihas" thereby awakening the spirit of Shiva and of the sacred Ganga.
2. The Guide - 4:55
Even in the darkest of times, there will always be a light to guide us out of the tunnel. Through this song, one is guided by the interaction between LudoJi's meditative vocals, the Sarangui's soothing vibration and the percussion section lead by Gio Petillo.
3. Rise - 3:33
This acoustic reggae ballad was composed in the Himalayas where "we may have met in another life". Caution: when "Rise's" catchy refrain enters your head, you could risk an excess of good mood! The background guitar and drums incarnate the "roots sound" and the lyrics transport us to the heart of the organic nasha...
4. Saregama - 5:51
Saregama, the album's radio hit is illustrated by a video clip in which Ludo Ji travels to the Kumbh Mela and encounters exceptional musicians, poets and saddhus. This song's dynamic arrangements, sounds and melodies make us forget the absence of synths, samples or digitally sequenced rhythms.
5. Ram Lila - 3:50
This song samples the voice of Jungly Baba alias Ram Neela, a happy hermit living in a cave in the Himalayas. One winter night, close to the Baba's cave, Ludo Ji sung and played this tune before the vast and infinite landscape. In this song, the guitar arpeggio and Shehnai mingle with mystic chants and sarangui while the bhajan rhythms of parvez hussain on tablas enlighten the ensemble.
6. Ustad Truffy - 5:21
Alain Truffy was a disciple of the great Vilayat Khan. He left Europe in the 60's to become the Ustad's student but it first took him ten years of musical study in Varanasi to finally realize his dream and be accepted at the foot of the master of sitar. Ludoji met Truffy a few years later in Ibiza. This song is an ode to Ustad Truffy.
7. Dam Dam - 10:12
In the mid 90's, Ludo Ji and his band, Hilight Tribe discovered and absorbed various ancient cultures and languages. They eventually developed their own vocabulary, beliefs and sacred songs expressed in a new musical style they named Natural Trance. Dam Dam is one of the mother songs born from this process.
8. Yang Chen Ma - 5:33
In the Tibetan culture, Lhamo Yang Chen Ma is the goddess of music known by the Hindus as Saraswatti. This song interpreted by Ludo Ji (vocals, keyboard and prog.), Ahsan Ali (sarangui) and Gio Petillo (djembe) brings forward very special guests: Osel and Kunkyen Hita, two Hispano Tibetans who spent their childhood in the "Sera Je" Buddhist monastery located near Mysore Karnataka.
9. Panch Hess - 4:19
Panch Hess is a slow and meditative song about transcending our senses in order to attain a new state of perception. The Persian vocal rifts and Hindustani desert sounds are here incarnated by the Vocals, Sarangui and Dhumbak inspired drum beats. In this track, Eric Nagel the producer, realizes a perfect balance between the natural drum bass, crystal strings and Sufi like chants.
10. Lama Puja - 3:39
In 2003, Ludo Ji first met Lama Chodak, a Nyingmapa Buddhist monk who had to flee Tibet many years ago. Everyday he settles outside on his carpet to perform his puja and send out blessings, wishes of long life and happiness to all beings. It is the first time that his voice and very peculiar liturgy was ever recorded on tape.
11. Saddhus & Musicians - 3:15
On the occasion of the Haridwar 2010 Kumbh Mela, the Organic Nasha team encountered singing saddhu musicians, Monkey baba aka Mithi Giri, Maya Giri his Chelli and a mysterious Baul singer called Shudangshu Halladhar. This song is a sonic illustration of these encounters, interviews and exchanges that took place in that magic place and time. The Nagara drums are interpreted by Nathu Lal from Pushkar.