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Remember Shakti

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Remember Shakti is the second incarnation of guitarist John McLaughlin’s group which plays a fusion of indian music and jazz. The original Shakti was most active between 1975 and 1978; Remember Shakti was formed in 2000 and has played on and off since then.

The core of Remember Shakti is guitarist John McLaughlin and master tabla player and percussionist Zakir Hussain, both members of the original Shakti. On the first recording from 2000, T.H. Vinayakram (also a member of the original Shakti) plays ghatam and Indian drum, and Hariprasad Chaurasia plays bansuri flute. Later incarnations replace Vinayakram and Chaurasia with U. Shrinivas (U. Srinivas) on electric mandolin and Vinayakram’s son V. Selvaganesh on kanjira, ghatam, and mridangam (Indian percussion instruments), and also feature guest musicians including Debashish Bhattacharya playing Hindustani slide guitar, Shankar Mahadevan on vocals, and Shiv Kumar Sharma on santur (Indian hammered dulcimer).

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