Best Of 2016

Best world music: WAHH WORLD FUSION BAND

Best world music

Esteemed tabla player Shankh Lahiri and local bass banger Ray Villadonga are the visionary sound ambassadors leading WAHH’s brand of world fusion: rooted in Hindustani musical traditions but drawing heavy influence from jazz, funk and rock n’ roll, with Indian ragas underscoring modern Western harmonic melodies and rhythmic qualities drawn from both Eastern and Western soundscapes. The results are heady and inherently exotic, while remaining intriguingly listenable. Leilani Polk