Wandering Minstrel Comes to India

It was about two decades ago that musician Eric Mouquet, who calls himself "a folklorist", began recording and sampling music from the world over. The result was a series of albums, which not only gave the often-confused term of "world music" a new dimension, but also won him and his outfit, Deep Forest, the hallowed gramophone for the album Boheme. After recording sounds and poring over texts from various countries, Mouquet who is based in France has found inspiration in Indian sounds and collaborated with santoor player Rahul Sharma for an album titled Deep India (Sony Music).

"India has a rich cultural heritage and the appreciation for music is immense here. The diverse nature of the country's music is what made it an excellent destination for innovation. That's how Deep India came into being," says Mouquet, 52, who recently performed in Bangalore. He will play in Delhi later this month, at the Sulafest in Nasik, and Blue Frog, Mumbai, early next month.

Mouquet is one of the two headlining acts at the sixth edition of the annual festival, Sulafest. He's scheduled to be the penultimate act of the two-day festival, which will be held on February 2 and 3 this year. The Deep Forest set will be followed by Gaudi + Indubious a collaboration between Gaudi, a DJ from the UK and Indubious, a three-piece reggae act from the US who will close the festival. Besides them, the festival includes five other international names DJs Mescalito and Sashanti from Russia, Dutch DJ Baba Robijn, Serbian reggae act Irie FM and French DJ Saint Germain.

In addition to the main stage, this year, a stage dedicated to DJs, called Electrozone, will make its debut. DJs Baba Robijn and Gaudi will play on both the main stage and the DJ stage over the two days of the festival, while Indian acts at this stage include B.R.E.E.D and DJ Ankytrixx.

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