Chicago Sun Times: Thrill of fusing John McLaughlin’s jazz with India traditions keeps Shakti together for 50 yearsChicago Sun Times:

Bobby Reed writes: “The current tour by the quintet Shakti, which arrives at Ravinia on Sunday, marks another important chapter in the musical journeys of John McLaughlin, 81, and Zakir Hussain, 72. 

McLaughlin, a British jazz guitarist, and Hussain — a native of Mumbai who plays the Indian hand drums called the tabla — both are revered as top practitioners of their respective instruments.

The current lineup of Shakti also includes vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and percussionist Selvaganesh Vinayakram. The band, which toured India and Europe earlier this year, is on the road to celebrate its 50th anniversary and to promote a dazzling new studio album, “This Moment.” 

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