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Loop Guru

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How can one describe a band that mixes Middle Eastern drum beats, deconstructed dance music, pop culture samples, transcendental remixes, ambient jungle rhythms and more chanting than the monks of Tibet? There are only two words: LOOP GURU.

If ever a band embodied the term “Global Village,” it is Loop Guru. Using a deft combination of old world instruments and vocals with new technology, Loop Guru create a collage of sounds that are somewhat familiar yet still unprecedented. Like an aural vacation, Loop Guru are more of a guide to a higher consciousness that is part of celebration, part history but 100% fun.

More succinctly, Loop Guru are a protein shake for your head. In the blender are the literary works of William Burroughs, the films of Satyajit Ray, the philosophy of spiritual leader Ram Dass, the music of Brian Eno and the astral landscape of a Phillip ‘K. Dick novel.

Called the “Godfathers of global fusion” by Melody Maker, Loop Guru core members, who go under the pseudonyms Salman Gita and Jamuud, have been working together for about twenty years. Their first recorded collaborations were the singles, “Mrbet” in 1992 and “Paradigm Shuffle” in 1993. Both were voted Single of the Week by British weeklies NME and Melody Maker.

Following the release of a third single “Sus-san-tics,” Loop Guru recorded their first full length release “Duniya” in 1994. “Duniya” reached #4 on the UK Indie charts and was named to Melody Maker’s Top 40 albums of 1994. Loop Guru gained widespread UK and European exposure due to massive radio air-play, as well as amassing a legion of diehard fans due to their highly stimulating live shows.

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