Today we feature an incredible song from Prem Joshua, multi-instrumentalist and composer, a pioneer of world fusion music. Born in Germany, Joshua began learning the flute at a young age. As a teenager he performed in various rock, jazz and fusion bands as a flute and saxophone player, always searching for new ways of expanding his music.
A musical discontent, combined with his search for the spiritual, pulled him towards India where he became immensely interested in the culture and music found in the country. He traveled extensively throughout Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In each place he became deeply involved with the indigenous folk music he found there. He learned from and played with local musicians along the way.
Prem Joshua has released 14 albums to date and has played on several studio recordings. He has traveled the world many times and plays to an increasing number of music lovers, inspiring them with a musical message that reaches beyond the borders of tradition, politics, religion and belief. He is the number one selling world music artist in India.
The song “Dakini” is just over thirteen minutes long but every second of it is profoundly peaceful, inspiring, and soothing to the ears.
What’s your favourite Prem Joshua song?
Nitin Sawhney is an Indian- British musician, producer and composer. His sound combines Asian and other worldwide influences with elements of electronica and jazz and often explores themes such as multiculturalism, politics and spirituality. Sawhney is also active in the promotion of arts and cultural matters and has done collaboration work with Sting, Cirque Du Soleil, Shakira, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Taio Cruz, Imogen Heap, Anoushka Shankar and many others. Read and learn more about him and his music here.
Listen to “Nadia”, below, just one outstanding track of Nitin Sawhney to turn up and enjoy!
Which Nitin Sawhney track do you recommend?
On its website’s introduction page, Coke Studio eloquently states, “Coca-Cola believes that music can bridge barriers, celebrate diversity and bring out something greater than the sum of its parts.” At Indiverve, we absolutely agree with this statement! It delights us that something like Coke Studio exists and that it does such a fantastic job of showcasing some amazing talent. As mentioned in a previous post on Coke Studio, it doesn’t matter if you can’t speak or understand the language of the lyrics because its all about the melody of the song and its about the voices, instruments, and how it carries you away as you listen.
Check out this collaboration from season one called “Balaman” by Ali Azmat and Rahat Fateh, yet another beautifully composed fusion song. Put it on repeat and enjoy every second!
Needing some inspiration for doing some quality work this afternoon, I found this song on YouTube. Its an instrumental featuring a funky beat and a sitar (I can’t get enough of that sound). Plus because there are no words, I won’t get too distracted and try to sing along with it, which is what I normally end up doing. Warning: the food pictured looks delicious and may cause immediate hunger.
Check it out!
Coke Studio is a very popular music program in Asia and is a brand product of Coca-Cola. It is a television series featuring live music performances focusing on a fusion of the diverse musical influences in Pakistan and India, including eastern classical, folk, and contemporary popular music. The show basically provides a platform for both well-known as well as upcoming and less mainstream artists, from various genres and regions, to collaborate musically in live studio recording sessions. Coke Studio is adapted from the Brazilian version “Estudio Coca-Cola.” Thanks to YouTube, Coke Studio Pakistan and India are reaching people all around the world and this is a great thing. Many of the songs have more than a million views!
How often have you travelled to a foreign place and heard music so beautiful and unique and even though you could not understand the language, you immediately felt connected to it? You could relate to it and the melody carried you away? That’s Coke Studio. I don’t understand a word, but I love listening to it. Something about the music inspires me and I become aware that there is some fantastic music out there that I’ve been missing out on for years. I hope you’ll take some time out of your day and listen to some of the videos we post. You’ll love it!
Josh, featured in this video, is a Montreal- based, Indian/ Pakistani fusion band