The Free Press Journal: Narendra Kusnur Writes About The Great Year For Indian Jazz And Fusion Records

Kusnur writes: “The best news is that of Indo-fusion band Shakti being nominated for Grammy Awards.”

“It’s been a fabulous year for Indian musicians recording jazz and fusion albums. The announcement of the Grammy nominations on November 10 was one landmark. Indo-fusion band Shakti, which includes founding members John McLaughlin on guitar and Zakir Hussain on tabla, was nominated in the Best Global Music Album category for the album This Moment. Zakir also featured in the world music album As We Speak, nominated in three categories along with banjo player Bela Fleck, bassist Edgar Meyer and Mumbai flautist Rakesh Chaurasia.

Shakti, which also has vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and kanjira genius V. Selvaganesh, has clearly changed its sound from its 1970s albums, with vocals now playing a dominant role.”

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