Shakti At Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

All things must come to pass. Still, it came as a shock to learn that Shakti’s two concerts in London would be their last in the UK. Earlier dates in India, a summer tour of Europe and North American dates through August and September would amount not just to a comeback, but also a long goodbye. 

Photograph: Tatiana Gorilovsky/Serious

After 50 years, John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain, who had spoken so enthusiastically about this reunion, have seemingly called time on the legendary group. 

It was a poignant occasion, for sure. Indians/Southern Asians in their finest attire were out in numbers. Fans took selfies against the backdrop of the Hammersmith Apollo, with the name of Shakti writ large. Both outside and inside the venue, a buzz attested to the excitement generated by the return—in its final incarnation—of this pioneering group. 

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