This weekend, we will finish watching “Remember Shakti: The Way Of Beauty,”
an extraordinary “East-Meets-West” musical experience, featuring John
McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and a host of other amazing Indian musicians,
primarily using native Indian instruments. The name of the group means “intelligence, beauty and power.” It’s billed as “East-Meets-West,” yet
McLaughlin seems to be the only Western element in the mix. In fact, he
seems to be playing in an Eastern style, which he has obviously mastered.
There are excerpts from the Montreux Festival from 1976, which provides an
interesting perspective from Shakti’s early days. However, most of the DVD is
from 2000 and 2004, hence the title “Remember Shakti.” The musicianship is
amazing all around.
At roughly 3 1/2 hours, this DVD is a documentary/concert extravaganza,
and well worth the time for any viewer who wants to look into the music
and culture of India.