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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Chandu Mattani
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Musician: Chandu Mattani

Location: Leicester

Instruments: voice

Music: Indian Classical / Gujerati

HOW I CAME TO THIS MUSIC          WHERE I PLAY          A FAVOURITE SONG Click here for Hande Domac's storyClick here for Mosi Conde's storyClick here for Rachel McLeod's story


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Chandu performed as part of Radio 3's World Music Day on 1st January 2003

More World On Your Street from BBC Leicester

Listen  Listen to (7'13) 'Gwaal: Tame Charaacavaa', sung by Chandu Mattani, from the album, Jai Jai Shrinathji

Listen  Listen to (8'55) Chandu Mattani talk about his music

Listen  Listen to (27'43) Chandu Mattani perform live from Leicester on Radio 3's World Music Day, introduced by Lucy Duran, Andrew McGregor and Dj Ritu

'Devotional Indian singing is very satisfying especially when you involve the audience as that gives them a wonderful feeling to be part of the concert'

How I came to this music:

My roots are in the folk music of Gujerat and Indian classical music. During my school days, one of my older brothers was a very good singer and a very keen lover of Indian classical music. As a result, I picked up my hobby through him. At the school I performed in various concerts. When I was in India I used to listen to many folk musicians in our province which is well-known for folk music.

I spent my good years in central Africa - 24 years in Zambia. I met many artists there and picked up the tricks of the trade. I finally arrived in Leicester in 1977. There was no limit then because the opportunities were great. England is such an attractive place. Artists from the subcontinent used to visit and they are still visiting England. I met many of them through my musical interests, not least through my role as a promoter of Indian classical music. Together with some of our friends, we formed Shruti Arts and started promoting Indian classical music.

Chandu and his grandaughter, Sefali

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