Asia (India) : The Ramamni community.

Members of the Ramnami Community tattoo the name of their god “Ram” on their entire body, including the inside of their lips and their tongue. Morever, their current chief became blind a long time ago because he tried to tattoo his eyeballs.

Port: Conduits of musical culture.

Before radio waves, recording media and the internet, ports were the primary instrument in the global diffusion of culture. Throughout history they have been sites of unique cultural exchange. They have been entry points for conquest and colonialism; lively nodes in the global network of maritime trade; ports of call for pirates and renegades; and the location in which hopeful migrants have first embarked into unfamiliar lands. Like the tide, cultures have come and gone, leaving behind their trail of influence in the teeming urban spaces of the port. Such processes are no more evident than in the form of music.

Voyage of Sound is formulating a range of proposals seeking to document various port cities and the musical forms which have originated from, or have been strikingly influenced by, the cultural fabric they provide. However, it will not only seek to document the musical rhythms of the port, but the rhythms of life which, in essence, are intricately intertwined to musical expression. Ports lie at the tingling threshold: the encounter between oceanic rhythms and life.

Image-artwork: Stephen Copland

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