‘Travellers’ consists of eight tracks recorded and produced by Singh featuring a collective of master instrumentalists and vocalists, most of them from the Manganiyar community of hereditary musicians based in Rajasthan, northwest India. The album embraces multiple genres, faiths and languages and pays homage to the natural environment of Rajasthan.
Featuring traditional instruments such as the ancient khartal, morchang, bhapang, dholak kamaicha, harmonium and dhol, the album focuses on Sufi culture and the significant impact of climate change on northwestern India. ‘Travellers’ was recorded entirely on location at Anokhi Farm in Jaipur, Rajasthan with additional recordings made in London. It is interwoven with references to the natural environment, making the landscape of Rajasthan the crucial seventh member of the Banwasi Collective.
The songs on ‘Travellers’ are based on different raags, the Indian music system of notes and moods, each evoking different seasons, times of day and references to nature. They include references to Sufi poetry, Hindu mythology and Sassi Punnun, one of the four popular tragic romances of the Punjab. Songs are in Hindi, Urdu, Marwari, Sindhi and Saraiki and take the listener on an immersive journey across religions, water and dry arid landscapes, between Bhakti and Sufi, mortal and divine.