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AWIL 115 - Baluji Shrivastav OBE

 Indian sitar star Baluji Shrivastav on this A World In London! Click: 

Could 2017 be the pinnacle year for Baluji Shrivastav? Decades have passed since the talented boy from Uttar Pradesh arrived in London ready to share his musical gifts across the world. This Sunday he launches his Best Of.. CD via ARC Music, with an OBE added to his name & numerous credentials. Balu is also about to  become the first ever artist-in-residence at Rich Mix with his Inner Visions training project. References to Stevie Wonder’s seminal album are potent, as a blindness has proved to be no obstacle for either of these music visionaries. Indeed, Balu has collaborated with Mr. Wonder, Massive Attack, Annie Lennox, Shakira, Boy George, and many more, but perhaps the most fruitful and consistent collaboration has been with his talented partner, singer Linda Shanovitch. Celebrity and honours aside, together they support up and coming musicians with sight impairments as well as other disabilities through the Baluji Music Foundation, creating essential opportunities & thrilling platforms for great music. One such protégé is Iranian vocalist Fereshteh Khosroujerdy who came to the UK just in order to be allowed to sing at all. You can hear her gorgeous vocals on this AWIL, dueting with Balu, in a glorious multi-lingual exchange of harmony. Fereshteh, and maybe her trusty guide dog Bruce, will be part of the Inner Vision Orchestra with Balu and eight other excellent musos at London's Rich Mix on February 26th, including tabla maestro Sanju Sahai. Book now!  Baluji Music Foundation:  Pre-order Best of Baluji Shrivastav iTunes: 

 ARTIST                        TRACK                                                 COUNTRY

Justin Adams  Desert Road –Dub Colossus mix                   UK

Joji Hirota       Esashi Oiwake Mae Uta                                Japan/UK

NAMLO           Rodhi                                                              Nepal/UK

Ali Azimi         Farda Soraghe Man..                                     Iran/UK

Baluji Shrivastav & Fereshteh Khosrujerdy  Chasma Sia Dari  India/Iran/UK

Baluji Shrivastav & Linda Shanovitch  Nartaki                  India/UK

‘                                   ‘                    Fruit                               ‘           ‘

‘                       ‘           Discovering London & Friendship   ‘           ‘

22/2/17 – AWIL at Res 115  Online:  Pics by Layla Gatens. Sketches by Alban Low. Production by Sofia Gaetani-Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, Bernard O’Neill with IRL’s ‘Terraforming Analogue Space’ at SOAS Radio! Next week Idan Raichel@ SOAS Radio and Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Resonance.

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