Indian jazz band Shakti bagged Greatest World Music Album for This Second—their first studio launch in 46 years—at Sunday’s 2024 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
The not too long ago reunited fusion band, as soon as named “Turiyananda Sangit,” was initially based by British guitarist John McLaughlin, Indian tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, and percussionist Vikku Vinayakram in 1973; they have been quickly joined by violinist L. Shankar and the late mridangam maestro Ramnad Raghavan. The 5 launched three albums earlier than disbanding in 1977; the band briefly launched a derivative in 1997 known as Bear in mind Shakti and would regroup in 2020 with McLaughlin, Hussain, vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, percussionist V. Selvaganesh, and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan.
Mahadevan, Selvaganesh, and Rajagopalan secured the band’s Grammy award alongside founding members McLaughlin and Hussain.
Because of their long-term hiatus, Shakti is lesser recognized amongst youthful audiences however with present-day academy recognition—and a fiftieth anniversary world tour final yr—they might be set to return to international prominence. This Second, launched on June 30, contains eight songs by the group. The album gained in opposition to in style Nigerian musician Burna Boys I Informed Them…, Nigerian American singer Davido, international group Bokanté, and Peruvian singer-songwriter Susana Baca.
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“Thanks boys. Thanks God, household, pals, and India. We’re happy with you India,” Mahadevan mentioned within the group’s award acceptance speech. “Final however not the least, I wish to dedicate this award to my spouse, whom each observe of my music is devoted to you.”
“Thanks everybody, thanks Recording Academy for recognizing us,” Rajagopalan added.
McLaughlin was absent from Sunday’s ceremony, whereas Hussain didn’t seem on stage once more after nabbing one other win earlier within the evening for Greatest Modern Instrumental Album for his contribution to As We Communicate, a Indo-Western jazz venture with Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Indian flutist Rakesh Chaurasia. The 4 gained Greatest World Music Efficiency for his or her track Pashto, making it a giant evening for Indian expertise.
“It’s actually a proud second for me, profitable two Grammy Awards for my nation,” Chaurasia mentioned.
On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Shakti on their win, calling the award a “phenomenal success” on X. “Your distinctive expertise and dedication to music have gained hearts worldwide. India is proud! These achievements are a testomony to the hardwork you retain placing in,” he wrote. “It’s going to additionally encourage the brand new technology of artists to dream large and excel in music.”
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