Fable​:​Time

by Shama Rahman

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    The album includes hidden tracks, bonus items, individual photos per track and the option to buy a physical CD and/or a DVD of 8 music videos.

      £8 GBP  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a lovely digipak with beautiful hand-drawn artwork by Kimberley Alexander and a poem leading you through the album journey lyrically

    Includes unlimited streaming of Fable:Time via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 10 days

      £10 GBP or more 

     

  • DVD + Digital Album

    All 8 music videos of the album following the journey of the character with hidden clues from the artwork, in a series of short films that continue on from each other.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Fable:Time via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 10 days
    edition of 100 

      £8 GBP or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This package includes both the physical album, with beautiful hand-drawn artwork by Kimberley Alexander and poem illustrating the lyrical journey of the album, and the DVD containing all 8 music videos in a series of shorts following the story of the character in the album. A free download of full album plus hidden tracks is also included.
    This will be a saving of £12 for all three products.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Fable:Time via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 10 days
    edition of 100 

      £15 GBP or more 

     

1.
04:10
2.
04:25
3.
05:02
4.
5.
6.
04:13
7.
05:52
8.

about

This is a storytelling album with a twist:you can choose your own journey through it or alternatively, put it on shuffle. After all, it is about Time which is in essence, non-linear. Told in parables, these are human stories about how Time affects us, its illusions, deceptions and myths.

The album is also a journey of the adventures,tales,loves,losses and ultimately hopes, of a single character at different stages of her life.
Look in all the hidden places and you'll find the key to explore these facets inside all of us.

The clues lie in the hand-drawn Album Artwork itself. To find these and follow the journey of this character, there are 8 short films in a series that continue on from each other which will be released on Youtube in the coming months on www.youtube.com/TheShamaRahman.
You can also buy these as a DVD package.
*********************************************************
"Love It All. Brilliant!"-Gilles Peterson
Tweet about Reflections:
"Love this song and video by Shama Rahman"-Gilles Peterson
"Beautiful and Intoxicating. I've completely fallen for this lady. I love it", Michelle Hussey, BBC Introducing.

This project uses sitar in the context of storytelling, musically arranged to sit within layered harmonies and complex grooves of a 6-piece band ranging within keys, sax, violin, guitar, double bass and percussion.

From jazz to dubstep, punk to folk (bulgarian, bengali and english!), spoken word, trip hop to hip hop, swing to bosa nova, Shama writes and arranges all music and lyrics from her poems and the focus is cross-genre storytelling. Poetic Music or Musical Poetry if you will-with a whole heap of energy!!

Having been born in UAE to Bangladeshi parents, widely travelled and living at least a triple life of a scientist, neurophilosopher and actor, her songs dont fail to deliver on originality, startling insightfulness and an over-riding sense of playfulness.

The album features musicians from Bengal, Britain and around the world, and Shama herself is in the tutelage lineage of Pt Ravi Shankar. It was recorded in support from Gabriel Prokofiev's Non-Classical studios. There are electronic/dubstep remixes from Hit by A Rock and BasTheProducer.

This band has debuted to acclaim at The Alchemy Festival, Southbank, 2011:
"..impressively inventive debut of Shama Rahman’s band performing quirky, intelligent tunes",-theartsdesk

credits

released July 1, 2013

All tracks written, composed, recorded, mixed and produced by Shama Rahman.

Recorded at: Non-Classical Studios, Rural Studios, Bangladhoon Studios, Bengal Studios, Guildhall Studios
Mastered by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering

CD Design: Jeremie Garcin
Artwork drawn: Kimberley Alexander
Photography:Ty Faruki

Thanks:
To my Mother and Father

All the musicians who have played on this album: Davide Pasqualini, Peter Edwards, Christopher Lane, Felix Higginbottom, Will Pearce Smith, Mak Murtic, Hayden Prosser, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Faizan (Buno) Ahmed , Maher Khan, Roberto Manzini, Eivind Loedel.

Invaluable thanks to Gabriel Prokofiev and the Non-Classical Studios for recording support.

All those who have believed in the project and supported me, notably: Ian Blackaby, State of Bengal, Roger Bonnici, Anthony Willis, George Harris, Adnan Hemani, Jeremie Garcin, Dominic Coddington and Zeen Rachidi.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Shama Rahman London, UK

Shama weaves stories, sitar and song seamlessly in her forthcoming album "Fable:Time" and combines influences from everywhere she has lived and loved. Across 3 continents, she puts World music in context coining: Urban Folk. Shama is a Sitar-player, Singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, actress/spoken word artist and scientist (PhD in the neuroscience of musical creativity). ... more

contact / help

Contact Shama Rahman

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Reflections
I, close my eyes and find..
You
Behind them...
But I,
close my eyes and find..
You
Behind them!

Against,
My lid as I let,
the sun,
warm my face
As it makes the reflections
Inside me and out...

Chorus

Against,
My lid there's you,
There's you,
There's you throughout,
A vast lake of reflections
That I have to make....

Chorus 2
As I take a look up at myself (repeated)
Track Name: 26 Hour Baby
I always thought I was a 26 hour baby
Got a little closer to the dream,
I always thought I was a 26 hour baby
Got a little closer to the dream....
When the clocks go back!
Everything's an hour late-but thats all good with me!
(repeated)

People say:
I was born late
and that I would die late
Probably gonna get married...late
Today I was in the land of nod...late
Saw a lot of people I haven't seen of late...there!
(repeated)

Instrumental

I always thought I was a 26 Hour Baby
Got A little closer to the dream
Track Name: Coast
Wind rushing by my ears,
Blood hanging in my eyes,
Lifting a strand of golden twine
As you look down on me
Bemused, loving, longing, not wanting but falling...

It was a moment
It was just you
It was just me
One crystal clear moment

Chorus 1
Coast off the back of the mountain-top
Gotta come and fly with me
Gonna do it again and again
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow

X2


It was one crystal clear moment
When the clamour of times gone by went silent in awe and my soul was too scared
And instead said:
I'm so glad I met you
(as one does, to a traveller, who's to carry on)
When it also meant to say:
Im so glad I found you
Stay here with me and my love for you
(as one does to finally STOP...a wanderer)
X2

You only go on what you feel

Chorus 2
Coast off the back of the mountain-top
Gotta come and die with me
Gonna do it again and again
Tomorrow, tomorrow,tomorrow

X2

You only go on what you feel
I didnt though
So I'm sorry
Wont you see what I see
Even for a moment

Chorus 3
Coast off the back of the mountain-top
Gotta come and fly with me
Gonna do it again and again
Tomorrow, tomorrow,tomorrow
Track Name: Bolte Paro Ki (Can you tell my why?)- Band Version
Verse 1
Bolte Paro Ki-Can you tell me
Kemone shoichi-How I've withstood it
obohela, sharabela, eto jala-with this turmoil,all the time,all this worry
Nirobei shoichi-Withstood it without complaint

Shunte paro ki-Can you hear
ei shurero monjori-the dischord of this melody
Sharbohara,Shopno chara,dukhe jara-Without dreams, those with sadness
tomare bhar boichi-have borne your burden


Chorus 1,2,3
Shonabondhu tomar lagiya-"Golden friend"/lover of mine, for you
Ontor gelo Joliya-My soul is burnt
Ami eka keno boshe achi-Why am I sitting here alone
Choker jole bhalobashi-With my love flowing in the water of my eyes

Verse 2
Mone jodi thake prem-If there is love inside
Jaina bhola kichutei-it is impossible to forget
khone khone pore mone-you're reminded around every corner
emoni jala-of this pain
behishebi joto jed-of this limitless anger
jome holo kalo meg-stored in a black cloud
obhimane,boroshone,katena bela-insultingly,the time doesnt pass


Aachole muchiya jol-Wiping tears with the corner of my sari
bondhu tahar pothe chol-my friend went on his way
shopne joto kolahol-dreams that were abundant
choker jole tolomol-were washed askance by the water of my eyes
Track Name: Time (Acoustic Version)
Time is a great healer
In time all you do is forget
And that allows you not to burn
And sting
And gasp
For air

Vocal Verse:
And you fall in love again X2
That sweet and chemical intoxication
And you think this is the reason
Why you're not with me
You'll forget everything
eventually
You'll forget everything
But there will be a little kernel
no matter how hidden
X2

Vocal outro
That will know the truth
The reality of our love
And why it was and it will be there
You'll know
When it calls
Track Name: Partial
Verse 1
Thin sheet of water,
separates my eyes from his gaze
Has a goodbye in those eyes
As it rains all around us
As it looks upon me,
Red rimmed and swimming
Unruly curls
Like a modern day beethoven!

Chorus
And the taxi awaits to take him to his plane
And they all trail him lugging out his bags in the rain
Trudging from one puddle to the other

Verse 2
Parting words of advice
To the youngest who smiles his broadest
Blue braces,glinting in the water
He runs up to him to be enfolded in a swinging bear hug
His students, his disciples, his friends!

Chorus 2
And the taxi awaits to take him to his plane
And they all trail him lugging out his bags in the rain
Trudging from one puddle to the other
As he flits in his excitement from one place unto another
and smokes the one last cigarette under the eaves
With his equals
As they watch on
(repeated)
Track Name: Warrior
Bulgarian singing
Kaval Sviri, mamo - the flute is singing, mother
Gore Dole, mamo- over the hills from the village mother

She walks the sands with a glint in her eye
The moon above her and the stars within
Guided by a force greater than her
A purpose with determination
With the safety of the universe hers to protect
With the safety of the universe hers to enclose..
...all its children in a freedom of their desires

She walks straight and held up high
By some strange puppeteers
With their message she walks

Looking upwards and ahead
To a vision of the future
Looking upwards and ahead
to the vision of a future

Forever hopeful

Bulgarian

One day she
The strong warrior princess
could bare her neck
and not be feared by those with more vested judgements
Admired by those who one day want to be her
Hated by those who one day want to be her
But never can be

Praised for her delicate way, strong constitution and steady morality
Not be recognised for her heart from afar
One day, she
the strong warrior princess
hoped, hoped
she could bare her neck
to one who would accept her soul
and claim it as their very own
and then she does
and bears all her trust to him:
an offering like some bowl of fruit
and then she does
and the days pass
until one day:


"The knife twists deeper with a single kind leak from you than a hundred cruel arrows from the murderous world", she whispered,
" for what do I care what the rest of the world says when I know it speaks a thousand words with a look from you,the power of a hundred minds that breathe through you, a hundred compassionate leanings that bleed through you...
you,you,you who were so kind to me who appeared to understand me,
where would the wind blow me next if you were to turn your heel on me?"


And she picked up the pieces..
of her armour around her
soft as egg-shells by now
with cracks spread all the way within her heart, her delicate ways and her now unsteady morality
she looked for the leader of her world since she had rescinded the crown
as she huddled softly this way and sideways for a helping hand
Only to find a void as vast as the universe she had been meant to protect
as she tried to pick up the pieces
and huddled softly this way and sideways
only to find a void as vast as the universe she had been meant to protect...
....the punishment of the puppeteers?
Track Name: Jokhon (When)
Jokhon-when
Proti ti bhorer alo-every dawn's light
Jaygay-awakens
Notun asha -a new hope

Shishirer-In the dew drop's
booke jome thaka megh-breast that holds the gathered cloud
Ononto bhalobasha -there lies love plenteous

Tomay Dake-it calls you...

Chorus 1
Every day
You see something new
Every day
You feel something true
Someplace else
everyday you feel
Inspires you to grow
Right..
Here

Jokhon-when
Proti ti bhorer alo-every dawn's light

Verse 2
Jokhon-When
Ekaki rater maya -a singular night's pity
Amay boron kore nei-accepts me into her fold
Andharer
niche alokito poth-below the darkness is a lit path:
Ononto bhalobasha-love abounds
amay dake -it calls me

Chorus 2

Every day I feel something new
Everyday I feel something true
Everyday I feel someplace else
Inspires me to grow
somewhere
right
here..