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.

Raashan Ahmad Presents Soul Power (Not An Album, Not A Mixtape, Not An E.P.)

imageIn the interim between Raashan Ahmad‘s The Push (out now) and his new album coming in the fall on Crown City Rockers, he’s releasing an undefined piece of work, including thirteen original songs recorded earlier this year. Soul Power features Aceyalone, Wafeek from St. Louis, Ragan Fykes, Aima the Dreamer with production from Headnodic, DJ Enki, Woodstock and Kas One.

Some words from Raashan:

“After touring the United States to promote my first solo album The Push, I discovered that I wanted to add more bangin’ songs to my live set. Soul Power is the result. When I I say ‘soul power’, I’m talking about about what gives my soul, my spirit power–which is music!”

Free track of the week: “Lambada” (zshare)

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