Shakti Wins Best Global Music Album Grammy for "This Moment"

Indian fusion music group Shakti, featuring luminaries like Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain, bagged the Best Global Music Album Grammy for 'This Moment.' The star-studded ceremony celebrated India's musical prowess, with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain securing three prestigious wins.
'This Moment' band
'This Moment' band

Renowned Indian fusion band Shakti, comprising talents like Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain, clinched the coveted Best Global Music Album at the 66th Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles.

'This Moment' band
'This Moment' band

The Winning Album: 'This Moment':

Shakti's first studio album in over four decades, 'This Moment,' released in June 2023, showcased collaborative brilliance with founding member John McLaughlin, Ganesh Rajagopalan, and Selvaganesh Vinayakram. The recording academy celebrated this milestone as the Best Global Music Album.

Individual Triumphs at the Grammys:

Zakir Hussain's remarkable night extended beyond 'This Moment,' as he secured two additional Grammys. The Best Global Music Performance for 'Pashto' and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for 'As We Speak' highlighted India's global musical influence.

Dedication and Gratitude:

During the ceremony, Shankar Mahadevan dedicated the win to absent member John McLaughlin and expressed gratitude to God, family, friends, and their homeland. The joyous moment resonated with pride for India's musical heritage.

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Zakir Hussain's Acceptance Speech:

Zakir Hussain, while accepting the award for "Pashto," emphasized the profound connection between love and music, stating, "Without love and music, we are nothing."

India's Dominance at the Grammys:

Renowned musician Ricky Kej declared 2024 as India's year at the Grammys. He celebrated the victories of Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Chaurasia, Shankar Mahadevan, Ganesh Rajagopalan, and Selvaganesh Vinayakram, highlighting India's shining presence on the global stage.

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Shakti's Legacy:

Shakti, formed in 1973 by John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, and others, pioneered a transcultural collaboration, shaping the landscape of world music. Their dynamic musical hybrid has inspired generations and enthralled audiences worldwide.


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