“Texas Gypsy Fire” is an exotic blend of extraordinary music; Indian, Romani (Gypsy) and traditional Country & Western musical elements of Texas, supported by some of the topmost legendary artists of Texas” wrote the Boston Globe.
Oliver Rajamani represents the multicultural life and sounds of modern-day Texas. He is distinguished for redefining Romani (Gypsy) music by taking it back to its original roots in India, the historic homeland of the Romani (Gypsy) people. Blending Indian and Romani music with Texas country and blues, Rajamani’s music is a sound that is at once foreign and familiar resonating in a deep place within its listeners.
Singing in English and colorful tongues from India sprinkled with Spanish, Rajamani’s poetic and spiritual lyrics speak about his home life in Texas as well as love, loss and divinity. He accompanies himself on such exotic instruments as the flamenco guitar, the sarod, the oud, the rebab and others, and is backed by traditional Texas musicians performing on the violin, drums, percussion, bass and keys.
Rajamani’s latest CD entitled “Texas Gypsy Fire” is musically supported by Texas legends such as Willie Nelson, Eric Johnson, Edie Brickell, Cindy Cashdollar, Dale Watson, Carolyn Wonderland, Freddie Kaydahzinne (a descendant of Cochise, Chief of the Apache Indians) as well as Gypsy artists such as Dotschy Reinhardt from Germany (from the famous Django Reinhardt family), Kalman Balogh (Hungarian Gypsy) and many more.
In addition to his successful solo career, Oliver Rajamani has performed and recorded with international artists such as Willie Nelson (Texas Country artist), the Gypsy Kings (Grammy winners and Rumba Flamenco), Edie Brickell (American singer-songwriter), Eric Johnson (American guitar legend and Grammy winner), KC Porter ( Grammy producer) Glen Velez (Grammy winner), Joel Guzman (Grammy, Conjunto music), Cindy CashDollar ( Texas Country slide steel Grammy winner)and more.
He has had the great honor of meeting and playing for Paco De Lucia (the Flamenco master) and Dr. Vijayalakshmi Navaneedhakrishnan (an Indian Tamil folk singer), and has been an honorary Austin, Texas celebrity guest at many events where he has sung on stage with Texas stars such as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Ray Benson, Eric Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and many, many more. He has also performed for Gaj Singh (Maharajah king of Jhodpur, India).
Rajamanis music has also been used in many movies, including Turk Pipkin’s Nobelity. He released his book of poems The Red Road in the spring of 2012. Rajamani has provided musical accompaniment to great poets and storytellers such as Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, David Whyte, Neomi Shihab and renowned German children author Paul Maar.
Oliver Rajamani was a 2008 nominee for the US Artist Award and the winner of the 2000 World Music Award of Austin, Texas.