Chha Gham (In the Light of the Shadow) was written by OneBeat’s first-ever Nepalese fellow, Jason Kunwar. It tells of a star-crossed romance between lovers from different castes. The lyrics are translated as:
There is light, thus shadow
The heart, thus yearning for love
Your hand embraces me
Your spirit holds me together.
Show me the dreams that are sweet
Bury the bitter reality in oblivion
Ask your heart if there is a room for love
Uphill and downhill, I am a wandering wind
Open your eyes, speak up, say something.
The arrangement was developed with Bailak Mongush, a percussionist and drummer from the Tuvan Republic in eastern Russia. Bailak played vibraphone on the initial recording, and overdubbed a series of drum and percussion parts.
from OneBeat Mixtape 2019,
released March 17, 2020
Written by Jason Kunwar
Jason Kunwar - Vocals + Sarangi
Bailak Mongush - Vibes + Percussion
Recorded by Jeremy Thal
Mixed by Christopher Botta + Jeremy Thal
Mastered by Christopher Botta