Sarathy Korwar – More Arriving [The Leaf Label; July 2019]
The uniqueness of Sarathy Korwar’s sound is conducive to his ability to strike the right balance between the contemporary and the traditional.
As a protest record, surprisingly enough, More Arriving falls short of its high standards due to bland generalisations, such as “Which racist do you want on your bank note?” And not least because the English painter J.M.W. Turner – the new face of the 20 pound note – campaigned for the abolition of slavery. Needless to say, this takes nothing away from the album’s riveting personal accounts of the multicultural Britain, that resonate politically as well.