East meets West as Swati Natekar presents Indian classical music flecked with soul, RnB and jazz. Perhaps best known by dance fans for her vocals on Jakatta’s American Dream, she is very much a major star in South Asia. Making her Manchester debut with her full international band, she will perform will perform numbers from her fresh album Destiny Chakra (Wheel of Destiny) and collaborations from an array of distinguished Asian and Western musicians. Swati is joined by another brilliant soul singer, Sanchita Farruque (Nitin Sawhney’s Beyond Skin) for a scintillating fusion of genres, rhythm & melody.
Swati Natekar’s new album, Destiny Chakra, is a musical expression of the journey of a girl born in a traditionally Classical music family in the sleepy central Indian town of Jabalpur through the commercially active Bollywood razzmatazz of Bombay, to the international music scene of London, UK.
Swati’s biography is extensive and includes the albums Dhanak (The Rainbow), Anjuman, Birha. Swati, whose vocals have featured on impressive World Music & Dance tracks such as Jakatta’s American Dream, Nitin Sawhney’s Nadia & Niraj Chag’s Khwaab, has been creating a niche through her collaborations with leading international musicians such as Talvin Singh, Zakir Hussain, Craig Armstrong & Darren Tate. Swati has performed previously at various prestigious locations including WOMAD, Glastonbury, Montreaux Jazz Festival, BBC Electric Proms, London Southbank Centre and at other global venues in Europe, Asia , South Africa and the Caribbean Islands.
This concert is part of Swati Natekar’s U.K National Tour supported by the Arts Council of England & Wales.
The current line-up for the concert reads:
Swati Natekar (Lead Vocals/Director)
Sanchita Farruque (Vocals)
Kartik Raghunathan (Vocals)
Sandeep Mishra (Sarangi)
Sameer Kassam (Keyboard)
Alpesh Moharir (Tabla)
Mike Leigh (Acoustic Guitar)
Scott Bloodworth (Bass Guitar)
Eric Appapoulay (Guest Vocals / Acoustic Guitar)