Grammy 2024: Ustad Zakir Hussain scores hat-trick

At the 66th Grammy Awards, which was hosted in Los Angles, Ustad Zakir Hussain achieved a remarkable feat by winning three prestigious awards. The renowned tabla player and music composer secured the award for ‘Best Global Music Performance’ in the ‘Pashto‘ category. During his acceptance speech, the 72-year-old Mumbai-born percussionist expressed gratitude to the Academy and fellow musicians Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Rakesh Chaurasia. He emphasized the importance of family, love, and music in their achievements.

Additionally, Hussain’s ‘As We Speak,’ earned him the Grammy for the ‘Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.’ for which he had collaborated with Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Rakesh Chaurasia.

Furthermore, Ustad Zakir Hussain, a member of the Jazz group ‘Shakti,’ clinched ‘The Best Global Music Album’ award for the group’s latest release, ‘This Moment.’ The album features eight songs crafted by John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, V Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan. The group competed against artists like Susana Baca, Bokante, Burna Boy, and Davido.

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This notable win marks a historic comeback for Shakti, whose last studio album was over 45 years ago, receiving critical acclaim upon its release in June 2023. During the acceptance speech, Mahadevan acknowledged the absent John McLaughlin and celebrated Hussain’s additional Grammy win. The group dedicated the victory to their families, expressing gratitude for love, music, and harmony.

The Best Global Music Performance category included nominees like “Abundance In Millets” by Falu featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and “Shadow Forces” by Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily.

The victory celebration continued as Indian musician Ricky Kej proclaimed 2024 as India’s year at the Grammys, praising the multiple wins for Indian artists. Kej expressed excitement over Hussain’s triple wins and Chaurasia’s double feat, celebrating India’s success at the prestigious music awards.

Shakti, founded by John McLaughlin in 1973, pioneered an unprecedented transcontinental collaboration, uniting Eastern and Western musicians and shaping the world music genre. The group’s dynamic musical hybrid has continued to captivate audiences globally, inspiring generations of musicians to embark on cross-cultural journeys.

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William Murphy

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