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Heavenly Voices 20 – Chandra Sheila

Chandra Sheila

UK / India

One of the most unusual and successful singers of the ’80s and ’90s that has attempted to fuse the music of non-Western cultures with Western pop, Sheila Chandra began recording as a teenager in Monsoon. Of Indian ancestry, but born and raised in Britain, Chandra took lead vocals in the band, which pursued a sort of new wave-tinged raga-rock along the lines of George Harrison’s explorations on Beatles tracks like “Love You To.” The combination yielded an album and an unexpected British hit single, “Ever So Lonely,” in the early ’80s. Chandra, however, felt limited by the label’s pressures for more commercial product, and signed to a small indie label, Indipop, which she felt would offer more freedom for her explorations as a solo artist. In the mid-’80s, Chandra was astonishingly prolific, releasing five solo albums over a period of about two or three years that drifted away from the Asian dance-pop of Monsoon into a more personal sort of world fusion. Chandra also began to write much of her own material, usually in collaboration with producer and husband Steve Coe; Coe had also helped produce, write, and perform the music in Monsoon with Martin Smith, who also assisted on Chandra’s early solo records. Indian instruments were still usually employed, and electronic rhythm tracks still sometimes used to guarantee some measure of danceability and pop-rock appeal. But with increasing frequency, Chandra was pushing herself beyond the parameters of pop-rock with wordless pieces of both melismatic singing and percussive mouth noises, ambitious song cycles, interwoven overdubbed

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Lament of McCrimmon/Song of the Banshee

Ever So Lonely

“Ever so lonely

ever so lonely without you

your ocean

your ocean refuses no river”

Shehnai song


The Tongue Song

Ever So Lonely [Live]

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2 responses

  1. Does she look nice enough??

    October 28, 2008 at 17:03

  2. Above all she has a Heavenly Voice


    October 28, 2008 at 18:21

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