Rahul Nair and Harish Alagappa, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Bloggers
The transformative and unifying power of music, art, and culture was on display on the second night of the Music Stage, with performances that energized the senses as music seeped into the soul.
The electronic-infused dub of Bombay Bassment had the crowd jumping and stomping to tunes that spoke of peace and freedom. ‘You’ve got to jump, you’ve got to sway’, they sang, and the audience obliged, driven by one of the Indian independent music scene’s hottest emerging acts. It was Bombay Bassment’s first performance in Jaipur, and they were as enthralled by the crowd as the crowd was with their signature mix of reggae, hip-hop, funk, and drum and bass. ‘When we found out we were coming to Jaipur, we were excited, but we didn’t know what to expect’, said lead singer MC Bobkat after the show, ‘But after getting so much love, we are blown away. The crowd were responding everywhere we wanted them to. This is a pleasant surprise, and we couldn’t ask for a better beginning for 2017.’
African instruments laced on an intense deep house vibe, and a luscious voice that refuses to let your attention wander is what made Inna Modja’s performance extra special. While there were only three people on stage, the sound couldn’t have been fuller if they had brought along an orchestra. A native of Mali, she brought a unique ambiance to the stage at Jaipur with songs that were journeys through diverse soundscapes; sometimes dark, at other times ecstatic, but always full of life. Despite many of her songs incorporating lyrics in French or the Malian language of Fulfulde, the crowd found common ground in the bass heavy beats and scintillating use of traditional African drums. Towards the end, Inna Modja as so moved by the crowd’s reaction that she abandoned the stage to dance with them. It was an exhilarating evening and a brilliant way to end the second day of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.