Rest In Peace, Ravi Shankar

 

Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Heralded for popularizing Indian classical music throughout the world, the three time Grammy winner also taught close friend George Harrison of The Beatles how to play sitar, with whom he also collaborated. He helped make history at the iconic 1969 Woodstock gathering with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, yet still shunned Western standards of celebrity, stating that he preferred to focus on his music and spirituality.

He leaves behind his wife, and his two daughters sitar player Anoushka Shankar and jazz singer Norah Jones. Shankar played his last show on November 4 in Long Beach, California alongside Anoushka, who often joined him.

His latest album, The Living Room Sessions, Part 1, is currently nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award. Here’s to a true great in music and a life well lived.

Robyn’s New Album In Stores Today

Robyn follows up her self-titled Grammy-nominated album, which included the #1 UK single “With Every Heartbeat,” with a triple album beginning with Body Talk Pt 1, dropping today. It picks up where Robyn left off with the emphasis on the sweeping, emotional dance tracks and the biting, quirky rap-pop with which she made her name. Though only eight songs long, it takes you from techno to dancehall to acoustic ballads and nostalgic Swedish folk songs in one seamless journey, and still sounds undeniably like a Robyn record. Check out the video for Robyn’s single, “Dancing On My Own.”

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