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Fusion band Shakti wins best global music album prize for ‘This Moment’

Other nominees in the best global music album were: ‘Epifanías’ (Susana Baca), ‘History’ (Bokanté), ‘I Told Them’ (Burna Boy) and ‘Timeless’ (Davido).

Hussain won two more Grammys at the event: one for best global music performance for ‘Pashto’ and the other for best contemporary instrumental album for ‘As We Speak’ alongside American banjo player Bela Fleck and American bassist Edgar Meyer, featuring Indian flute player Rakesh Chaurasia, nephew of legendary flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Without love and music we are nothing, said Hussain in his award acceptance speech for “Pashto”.

“Thanks to the Academy, thanks to all these musicians great musicians for giving us this beautiful (live) music today. One of our members is missing, Mr Bela Fleck. So from him, Mr Rakesh Chaurasia, and Mr Edgar Meyer, our deepest thanks. Families are here and without them, we are nothing. Without love, music, harmony, we are nothing,” the veteran percussionist said.

The best global music performance category had eight nominees, including “Abundance In Millets”, a song by Falu and featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi; “Shadow Forces” by Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily, and “Alone” by Burna Boy.

Other nominees in the best contemporary instrumental album segment included: ‘On Becoming’ by House Of Waters, ‘Jazz Hands’ by Bob James, ‘The Layers’ by Julian Lage, and ‘All One’ by Ben Wendel.

Two-time Grammy winner Ricky Kej, who attended the awards ceremony, called 2024 the year of India at the Grammys.

“Wowwww. This is truly India’s year at the Grammys!!! Wowww. Rakesh Chaurasia, Shankar Mahadevan, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Selvaganesh Vinayakram and Ustad Zakhir Hussain. India is truly shining!! Thrilled!!!! 5 Indians win in a single year 🙂 #GRAMMYs #GRAMMYs2024,” he wrote.

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