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'Manganiyar' to
highlight traditions

Roysten Abel's

project to come to
Power Center
By LENA FINKEL
Daily Arts Writer
It's a whole new world full of
lights, movement and intoxicat-
ing music. A concept all its own,
"The Man-
ganiyar Seduc- Manganiyar
tion" hopes to $Wucion
transport audi-
ence members Saturday at
into a place 8 p.m. and
where the tra- Sunday at
ditional tunes 4 p.m.
of the Indian
musicians, the Power Center
Manganiars, From $18
meet the bright
visuals of
Amsterdam's red light district.
The Manganiars are typically
classified as Sufi folk musicians.
But "Manganiyar Seduction"
creator Roysten Abel winced at.
the "folk" label.
"This folk thing is ques-
tionable. Of course, they have
been put in this (category), but
I would call them traditional
musicians," said Abel. "'Their
music goes back many thou-
sands of years."
Though not a Manganiar

himself, Abel has become quite
knowledgeable about the group,
having been introduced to their
music long before creating the
"Seduction."
"I was working on another
play (in Spain) with a lot of
traditional street performers,
musicians, acrobats, puppeteers
and snake charmers," Abel said.
"But we needed more musi-
cians."
The two musicians he found
happened to be Manganiars.
"One day I was sleeping and
in my dream, I could hear this
beautiful music. When I woke
up, there were the musicians,"
Abel said. "It became a tradition
for them to sit outside my room
and wake me up."
From then on, he was hooked.
"For me, they did not just
impact me on an emotional
level; it was also on a physical
level. That's when I realized
something fantastic had hap-
pened."
It's just this kind of magic
that Abel hopes to capture for
an audience. So, he went off to
Rajasthan, India, where the
Manganiar community resides,
and interviewed nearly a hun-
dred musicians for the perfor-
mance.
"All I did was listen to their
whole repertoire," Abel said.
"You start picking a score from

what they have already."
He explained that he wanted
to stick to the traditional music
and didn't try to alter their
songs in any way.
"I don't compose music.
Whatever the musicians have, I
arrange (it) like a theater piece."
The result was unlike any-
thing that had ever been done
before. The musicians, all 43 of
them, sit in cubicles surrounded
by red lights that illuminate
throughout the show.
The Manganiars are unable
to see one another, so the group
is led by a conductor, who danc-
es across the stage.
While the finished perfor-
mance is quite spectacular, the
whole process of organizing the
Manganiars wasn't without a
few bumps in the road.
As far the as the musicians
are concerned, "the problem
is, if you ask them to play a
whole songthey'll do it. But the
moment you ask them to play
one bar, it freaks them out. They
are not used to structure," Abel
said.
Overall, the process took
Abel about a year and a half,
but it seems to have paid off.
"The Manganiyar Seduction"
has toured all over the world
- from the U.K., to Singapore,
to New Zealand - and has
received critical acclaim.

"You want me to get on the wrecking ball?"
Gucci Mane needs to
save himself from spiral

By KEN SELANDER
For the Daily
Recently, Miley Cyrus has
been gracing the pages of nearly
every magazine and online news
source. It's not because of the so-
called "music" she's putting out
- like the so-stoned-I'm-tone-
deaf sound of "We Can't Stop" -
but primarily for her seemingly
slow, painful, downward spiral in
which she has transformed from
sweet and corny Hannah Mon-
tana into the druggy, slutty and
forced fagade dubbed "Miley."
The popularity of this one-time
face-of-Disney over the last
six months has overshadowed
the sparsely covered long-term
events that portray a decaying
and endangered Gucci Mane.
The beginning of the end for
Gucci can be traced back to his
disagreement with Young Jeezy
over the rights to their hit track
"Icy" in 2005. Gucci Mane pub-
lished the song on his album Trap
House without informing Jeezy,
who believed he was entitled
to royalties that he supposedly
never received.
Later that year an attempt
was made to rob Gucci at night.
In true gangster form, Gucci
whipped out a pistol and shot
one of the assailants, who turned
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Gucci Mane claimed to have God, and signed the unbeliev-
acted in self-defense and was ably horrendous and jail-bound
acquitted of the murder charges Chief Keef to his label.
when he was put on trial. The violent and illicit tenden-
Nowadays, it's no secret that cies of Gucci Mane displayed on
Gucci is nearly in constant con- his songs have foreshadowed
flict with other rap artists. The his continual run-ins with the
popularity of social media sites law. Gucci has been arrested
like Twitter has provided a plat- in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011 and
form for Gucci Mane to publicly 2013 for a variety of charges,
call out other rappers in front of such as aggravated assaulted
his nearly two million followers and distribution of cocaine.
and anyone else wishing to view Gucci's criminal history is a
his public account. perfect example of the notion
Comically enough, Gucci's that stars live their lives like a
most recent mixtape, Diary of game of monopoly, with absurd
a Trap God, even features Tyga amounts of money.and at least
and Waka Flocka Flame, artists one or two "get out of jail free"
with whom he is currently beef- cards. Though, it looks likes
ing but wasn't during the pro- Gucci Mane may soon be sent to
duction of the mixtape. This just jail without passing "Go."
goes to show that Gucci does not And it's no secret that Gucci
have the most level head, perhaps Mane both distributes and uses
a result of the triple scoop ice a wide assortment of illegal
cream cone on his face. Or maybe drugs, and makes no attempt
it's the drugs. One or the other. to be discreet about it. Gucci
goes so far as to shoot his music
video for "My Kitchen" at what
A tailspn appears to be one of his trap
houses.
muchworCombining this abuse and
distribution of drugs with an
than M iley. aggressive gangster attitude
has not done Gucci well over
the years. Case in point, Gucci
is allegedly being sent to jail
Last spring, Gucci dropped for a third time for 183 days as a
Waka Flocka Flame from his result of a number of parole vio-
label which has poved to be lations involving, you guessed
another milestone of his own it, guns and drugs and violence.
decline. Gucci has been quarrel- Simultaneously, he admitted
ing with Waka ever since, calling over Twitter in late Septem-
him out on Twitter as "disloyal" ber that he is addicted to lean,
among other adjectives. The cir- a highly addictive combination
cumstances of their falling out of codeine syrup and prometha-
are not entirely clear, but what- zine. He claims that he will be
ever the disagreement it has cer- visiting rehab in order to deal
tainly caused a great schism that with his addiction.
is unlikely to be fixed. This is good news for Gucci's
Despite his volatile tenden- health, butis only a small step in
cies, Gucci's anger with Waka is the right direction. Lean is only
certainly not unfounded. Loy- one of the many drugs Gucci
alty is considered a virtue among abuses - at least as far as he
rap artists and gang members, brags in his songs. I believe it's
so the fact that Gucci and Waka entirely possible that Gucci is
are both rappers and have been simply using his lean addiction
linked to gang activity only rein- as a ploy to try and get himself
forces this value twofold. In the out of jail as soon as possible, go
background of many of Gucci's to rehab and then be back on "da
early music videos and free- skreets" just to repeat the pro-
styles, a young, skin-and-bones cess all over again.
Waka can be seen chilling in the Regardless, the increasing
back behind Gucci, basically fit- incidences of physical and ver-
ting the physical embodiment of bal outbursts are sure signs
whatever the hell "the struggle" that Gucci isn't changing any
actually means. Today, Waka can time soon. Such actions might
be seen decked out in bling while increase his "street cred," but
throwing bands at strippers in it's all too likely that in pursuit
music videos with a much more of hood dreams he may wind up
confident and healthy physical incarcerated - for long enough
appearance. It's clear that his that he'll be irrelevant or dead.
quick rise from rags-to-riches Miley may imitate the drug
is largely thanks to the pseudo- lifestyle and have attention-
apprenticeship he entered with driven outbursts of her own,
Gucci in 2009 when he signed but her more wholesome way of
onto the Brick Squad 1017 label. originally gaining the spotlight
For this, Gucci feels Waka should means that she is the only per-
be loyal. son who can hurt herself. As an
On Sept. 9, Gucci lashed out at a artist, Gucci Mane's attempts
wide range of rappers and indus- to maintain relevance by diss-
try personnel - such as Tyga, Yo ing other rappers is also lead-
Gotti, Drake, Nicki Minaj - out ing him to have a dwindling
of nowhere. Since then Gucci has repertoire of artists to feature
deleted the tweets, but the dam- on his tracks - which may hurt
age has been done. While this his record sales. As a person,
might have been just a way to gain Rad'ric Davis is not only endan-
attention and hype for his newest gering his body and mind with
mixtape released two days later, it drugs, but is creating poten-

looks like it is actually just anoth- tially fatal rivalries with other
er sign of his deterioration.. equally volatile rappers left and
As a result of all the beefs he right. Gucci must come to terms
has gotten himself involved in, not only with the dangers he's
Gucci has fewer artists with imposing on his musical career,
less talent to feature on his but also his physical well-being.
tracks. He seems so desperate Otherwise, not everything
for artists that he even featured may turn out so "Gucci" for
his former cell-mate - Young Gucci.

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