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Electric Proms

To be honest, I was never much of a talker...

  • Nitin Sawhney
  • 23 Oct 08, 04:05 PM

To be honest, I was never much of a talker.... I never found the depth of feeling or thought I experienced through music. So I find it hard to write blogs. "Encapsulate your thoughts in around 200 - 300 words", I was asked....

We're in rehearsals now. The new album has been very well received ( The Guardian , Music OMH, In the Mix , Daily Telegraph
etc. ) and I'm proud to be out there representing it and playing gigs again.

Ultimately, I'm playing with musicians who could get blood, guts and emotional intensity out of a spoon so I'm not worried about the music. The visuals were designed by the country's leading artist along with some brilliant graphic designers. That all feels great, it's just.....

Well, I really hope people get where the album's coming from.

Nowadays, every time I switch on the box or pick up a newspaper there's something negative about multiculturalism or cultural diversity. Muslims have been demonised endlessly in the media and the issue of immigration is back again as a scapegoat for all the crap that's presently going down with the economy.

This album, this show, this tour is, above all, a celebration of diversity with artists of many backgrounds collaborating from a profound sense of connectivity and mutual respect. The music they have painstakingly produced is soulful, haunting, powerful, heartfelt and beautiful. It's the sound of a muted city desperate for a collective voice.

That and nothing else is the point.


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