Sw Ravi

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(Justin P. Freeman aka Ravi Ji)


Described by Songlines as "a walking testament to the success of multi-cuturalism", Ravi is a multi-instrumentalist and one of the longest established European players of the kora. His music is the result of a lifetime exploring the edges of music through songwriting, world music, overtone singing and a personal journey that has taken him from India to The Amazon. As well as over 20 CDs, international performances and workshops & the invention of the electric/stereo kora, Ravi has worked with artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Jon Lord, Phil Manzanera, Baaba Maal, Ronu Majumdar and Marlui Miranda.

The kora is a harp from West Africa made from a gourd, skin, fishing line and wood. The instrument has been played for many hundreds of years by hereditary troubadour musicians from the Mandinka tribe, playing a repertoire of traditional pieces. The last twenty years has seen this instrument brought from its traditional musical setting into new fusion projects by traditional kora players such as Toumani Djabate and Fode Masa Suso.

Contact Details

1991 : Terra Incognita : No Goal But The Path
1991  : Kora Colours
1992 : Terra Incognita : Tribal Gathering
1998 : The Overtone Choir : Sound & Light
1999 : Korus
1999 : African Kora: Journeys of the Sunwalker
2000 : The Overtone Choir : Spirals
2002 : Kora So Far
2003 : This Dewdrop World
2004 : The Afro-Brazilian Project
?? : New Kora Music
?? : New Kora Music 2
?? : Forest of Bliss
?? : Divine Passion
?? : Ten Songs About Love
?? : Kora Chronicles
2011 : Chakra Dance Meditation
2012 : Two Rivers
2014 : Songs for the Golden Age
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  • videography
    Ravi's YouTube channel
    see also
    My journey into Indian music and other related stories
    The Overtone Choir
    Anjali Orchestra
    Terra Incognita
    The Medina Satsang Band
    Ravi on Soundcloud
    Ravi Ji on Facebook
    Ravi on Google+
    Ravi on the Overtone Network
    Ravi on mySpace
    Ravi on Osho News
    Ma Shivam Suvarna, Ravi's sister