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Devendra Banhart

Date of birth : 1981-05-30
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Houston, Texas
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 0000-00-00


Devendra Obi Banhart, an American-born artist and raised in Venezuela is a well known folk singer and composer whose first few records were released on the young god records label from New York City. His most recent CD was released by Warner Brothers. He is one of the most popular artists to come out of the “new weird america” movement, which includes performers such as Faun Fables, Viking Moses, Jack Rose, Jana Hunter, Arborea, The MV & EE Medicine Show, George Ellias, Currituck Co., Six Organs of Admittance, and The Royal We, among others. He also often joins the band known as Vetiver.

Banhart is considered to have an eclectic style, with many of his songs seemingly following a stream-of-consciousness vein, being hard to decipher and non-literal. His music tends to consist of fairly simple guitar melodies with minimal other instrumentation, and his lyrical themes are often surreal and naturalistic. His involvement in the Los Angeles artist community is reflected in Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, released in September 2007. He gained some underground notoriety in New York for performing several of his early shows with underwear on his head for the duration of the performance.

Banhart’s most recent tour of the United States saw him perform with his full band, which is currently known as Power Mineral. Power Mineral included Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Greg Rogove (Priestbird), Noah Georgeson, Luckey Remington, Pete Newsom, Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Currituck Co., Espers, Nick Castro), Kevin Barker (Currituck Co.), and others.

For 2013 Devendra Banhart prepared his new album, Mala, which is his first studio album since 2009's What Will We Be. The record will be out on March 12 through his new home label Nonesuch.


Mala:

01 Golden Girls
02 Daniel
03 Für Hildegard von Bingen
04 Never Seen Such Good Things
05 Mi Negrita
06 Your Fine Petting Duck
07 The Ballad of Keenan Milton
08 A Gain
09 Won't You Come Over?
10 Cristobal
11 Hatchet Wound
12 Mala
13 Won't You Come Home
14 Taurobolium





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