was a group which played a novel acoustic fusion music which combined Indian
music with elements of jazz; it was perhaps the earliest practitioner of the
musical genre world fusion.
leading member was the English guitar player John McLaughlin, but it also
featured the Indian violin player L. Shankar. It also included Zakir
Hussain (on tabla), and R. Raghavan (on the Mridangam) and T. H.
"Vikku" Vinayakram (on Ghatam).
addition to fusing Western and Indian music, Shakti also represented a fusion of
the Hindustani and Carnatic music traditions, since Hussain is from the North,
but the other Indian members are from the South.
came together in 1975, after the dissolution of the second incarnation of the
Mahavishnu Orchestra, and toured fairly extensively during the period 1975-1977;
it made only sporadic appearances (with personnel changes) thereafter.
eponymous first album, Shakti, has had a lasting following.
1977 the albums which L. Shankar recorded with Z. Hussain and T. H.
"Vikku" Vinayakram stayed close to the music made popular by Shakti.
|shakti with john mclaughlin: shakti
(1975, lp, usa, columbia) - feat. l.shankar
|shakti with john mclaughlin: a handful of
(1976, lp, usa, columbia) - feat. l.shankar
|shakti with john mclaughlin: natural
(1977, lp, usa, columbia) - feat. l.shankar
|john mclaughlin: montreux concerts
(????, 17 cd-box, ??, ??) - including two shakti concerts