Deadsplinter Up! All Night: The River

Nitin Sawhney is a British musician, producer and composer of Indian descent.  His music often has traditional Indian/Asian instruments mixed with jazz and electronica usually with themes of politics, culture and spirituality.  His music satisfies much of my MADS (Musical Attention Deficit Syndrome) with so many different styles and instruments, often in the same song.  You may or may not have ever heard of him but you have definitely heard something he has worked on.  He has scored, performed with, collaborated or written for Paul McCartney, Sting, The London Symphony, Sinead O’Connor, Jeff Beck, Horace Andy and many more.  Besides ten studio albums, he has scored over fifty films as well as video games, TV shows and ads.  Nitin is a true “Renaissance man”, chill out and listen to just a small dose of some of his work but I highly encourage you to search out some of his other work that will send you down more than one rabbit hole of musical journeys.

This is the first song I ever heard from him and I was immediately hooked, Nadia (if you want to hear with the vocals done by Jeff Beck’s guitar, that is well worth looking up too!)  “Nadia is a song about two lovers on opposite ends of the river. The song is almost like someone calling across the river. Based on a thumri, this track is about how the river has become the enemy as it is keeping the lovers apart.”

Human was one of his best albums in my opinion, here’s one of the best tracks from that album, The River.

This song was about the London subway bombings, Days of Fire.

The 1999 album “Beyond Skin” was his fourth gold selling album and got the most critical acclaim, Broken Skin was about the Indian nuclear bomb tests.

Homelands (with the a huge cast of amazing singers and musicians at the Royal Albert Hall).

Circle of Sound with Nitin Sawhney – Skeleton Leaves (Nitin is a classically trained flamenco guitarist too).

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  1. …hannibal took the pj harvey I was thinking of so before I go find a tune

    …I saw him a time or two live…& at one gig he did a kind of “evolution of drum/beats” thing that ran through from caveman-hits-log-with-stick to the drum’n’bass/breakbeat era that was arguably the most phenomenal bit of between-tracks-filler I’ve ever seen?

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