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Through The Gate We Go - Suns Of Arqa  
Through The Gate We Go
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For twenty years since the birth and subsequent worldwide spread of the experimentally oriented genre of downtempo electronic, SUNS OF ARQA has been one of the greatest behind-the-scenes pioneers. Their music is the sum of a vast and widely variable equation of musical connection and imagination.

The Arqa story begins in 1979 in Manchester, England, with a man named Michael Wadada, who was destined to mastermind one of the most obscure yet influential acts in the genre to date. Three years after his musical beginnings, Wadada attracted notice from Peter Gabriel, and performed alongside, such varied inventive geniuses as poet John Cooper Clarke, linguist Professor Stanley Unwin, flautist Tim Wheater, Adrian Sherwood and the legendary Jamaican DJ, Prince Far-I, as well as many others.

Just over half a decade later, Wadada produced "Land of a Thousand Churches" featuring many of his old musical friends as well as new ones, such as James Young, Helen Watson and afro-jazz star Feso Trombone. This album was in many ways a fusion of the two seemingly different musical and spiritual spheres of the Celtic and Hindu. The results were deemed by many as revolutionary within music and quickly came to be identified with Wadada's pioneering musical style.

By the mid-nineties, SUNS OF ARQA was in full swing, having begun to delve into the emerging electronic genres of drum and bass and jungle, dub and others, working with names such as Guy Called Gerald, 808 State, Zion Train, John Leckie, Youth, Muslim Gauze and the infamous Astralasia. The Arqa stage setup was more diverse and worldly than ever before, encompassing sounds of Scottish bagpipes, hurdy gurdy,Indian strings and vocals, reggae percussion, just to name a few.

Today, Michael Wadada is still hard at work under the Arqa banner, this time in the studio, delving deeper into the musically yet-unperceived. Having released a slew of albums under various labels, exposing and promoting styles from every corner of the globe into one harmonious amalgam. SUNS OF ARQA’S latest release, a dual disc compilation containing mixtures of the sounds which span and define their career to now, all seamlessly blended into a globetrotting safari of eclectic musical fusions and collusions.         After almost thirty years of innovations that have truly set this name onto its own level, the future can    hold nothing but limitless potential for the genre-bending and genre-forging vehicle known as
SUNS OF ARQA.



CD Track List:  
Track Title Artist
CD1 01 Mongolian Lullaby Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 02 Lama Geshe Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 03 Magiczna Mitose Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 04 Lamudia Dub Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 05 Off To Pluto Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 06 Tarang Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 07 Govinda’s House Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 08 Basant Dhrupad Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 09 Durga Dub Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 10 Rosin + Reed Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 11 Bhairavi Alap Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 12 Through The Gate We Go Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 13 Misra Pahvadi Suns Of Arqa Play
CD1 14 Tomorrow Never Knows Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 01 Cradle Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 02 Ageng Mimansa Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 03 Durga Dub Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 04 Whirling Full Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 05 Bharavi Alap Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 06 Bha Ravi Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 07 He Did Not Die Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 08 Cosmic Jugalbandi - V1 Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 09 Cosmic Jugalbandi - V2 Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 10 Cosmic Jugalbandi - V3 Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 11 Cosmic Jugalbandi - V4 Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 12 Fomorian Suns Of Arqa Play
CD2 13 Kalavati Alap Suns Of Arqa Play
Label ProfileLabel: Arka Sound
Sales NotesFormat: 2CD
Further InformationBarcode: 5060147121674
Track ListingRelease Date: 2008-04-25
Genre: World FusionCatalogue Number: ARKACD33133CD