If you are looking to start the new year with a bang, Shakti’s 50th-anniversary world tour (India’s leg) is just perfect. Continuing the craze of music festivals and music tours this year, the iconic fusion band Shakti returns after three years to give yet another memorable tour. With original band members John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain, the band now also has Shankar Mahadevan, Ganesh Rajagopalan and Selvaganesh Vinayakram, the son of T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram joining the tour. The quintet will be performing across 4 Indian cities- Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, and New Delhi.
If you’re still not convinced, here are the top reasons why you should check this out:
1) Shakti was the pioneer of the ‘fusion music’ genre
Shakti, with original band members British guitarist John McLaughlin, violinist L Shankar, Ghatam Player T.H. Vinayakram, and Grammy-awarded tabla player Zakir Hussain shaped the genre of fusion music. Music fans back when the band was formed idolised Shakti for fusion music. It is a carefully curated unison of eastern and western music. This band that pioneered the world music genre, is coming to India!
2) Shakti was an inspiration to a whole ocean of musicians
As the band mixed the worlds of Carnatic/Hindustani music and Jazz, they opened the doorway for many more musicians. A whole number of musicians, artists and thinkers began to explore their own cross-cultural odysseys.
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3) It is going to be one of the most iconic concerts
What more does one have to say? Groundbreaking global fusion artists are coming together this January, marking their golden anniversary. They come with new compositions for this immersive live concert. The atmosphere will be immaculate, to say the least.
4) They’re returning to perform after three years
The celebrated group of legends, whose legacy traces back to almost half a century ago, are coming after three years. The 70s band will be making four stops in India on January 20th (Bengaluru), January 22nd (Mumbai), January 24th (Kolkata), and January 28th( New Delhi) before it takes to Europe and the US over fall and summer.
While still honouring the original band by acknowledging their tradition, Shakti promises to push existing boundaries into new musical landscapes. They have also hinted at a studio album containing new music along with the tour. Don’t miss this iconic tour with music that communicates and explores two worlds!