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September 21, 2016
Canada’s genre bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING earn nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT
[Toronto, ON] Canada’s genre bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING earn a nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards press event in Toronto today for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, Subcontinental Drift, featuring special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi).
“We are honoured to receive this nomination from the CFMAs for our new album! We could not have made this recording without the support of the whole Canadian roots community, and our special collaboration with Anwar”, states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “there is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”
Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.
“Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we experience living here in Canada, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”
The nomination comes on the heels of a whirlwind summer UK Subcontinental Drift tour including a special Canada Day appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. The album hit #1 in Canada on Earshot’s international/world charts, and the top 10 on CMJ in the U.S. It also got picked up there (CEN/SONY) and in Europe (Proper) for distribution.
Sultans of String, Bruce Cockburn, The Ennis Sisters, Colin Linden, Klô Pelgag, and Red Moon Road will be the feature performers at the Awards Gala on December 3rd at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre.
The band has a non-stop Fall/Winter CD Release tour in Canada and the United States, and will make their debut in The Netherlands this summer.
“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)
“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
“Blowin’ In The Wind” (Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
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“Sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)
“The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group.” ~ Mariposa Folk Festival
“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show—one of my favorite bands on the planet!” ~ Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY
“You get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.” ~ Midwest Record, Chicago