SA song­bird col­lab­o­rates with Nigam


SOUTH African song­bird Shashika Mooruth, who has made in­ter­na­tional waves in the mu­sic in­dus­try, has teamed up with In­dian mu­si­cian, singer and com­poser Sonu Nigam.

They have worked to­gether on the sin­gle Rafta Rafta, which was re­leased in Oc­to­ber.

“When mu­sic ar­ranger Maq­bool Hus­sein ap­proached me for this song, I was ob­vi­ously ex­cited but also wary that it would be a chal­lenge,” said Mooruth, who now re­sides in Mumbai, In­dia.

Still beam­ing with ex­cite­ment, she said she had al­ways ad­mired Nigam, whose hits in­clude Kal Ho Naa Ho and Tera Rang Balle Balle, and praised his work ethic.

“He is equally ex­cel­lent in the stu­dio, as a play­back singer and as an on-stage per­former. It’s a feat not every singer can ac­com­plish.”

She said that from work­ing with him, she had learned a valu­able les­son.

“When tack­ling a new song, it is im­por­tant to make it your own. So I put any hes­i­ta­tion I had aside and dived into the record­ing ses­sions.”

Nigam told POST the song was a “throw­back” to the old style of com­pos­ing, which was rare nowa­days.

It re­quired a lot of emo­tion to do jus­tice to the com­po­si­tion, he said.

“And this makes it even more spe­cial and unique.

“When I heard the fi­nal song, I was very im­pressed as Shashika’s voice is steeped in emo­tion and her hard work in train­ing has been proved in this song.”

Singing his praise about South Africa, where he has per­formed sev­eral times, he said: “I have al­ways en­joyed per­form­ing be­fore the au­di­ences there. So the bond is al­ways strong and now it has be­come stronger with this duet.”

Mooruth, who is 53, left for In­dia in 1987 to study to­wards a diploma in Hin­dus­tani clas­si­cal mu­sic at the Bharatiya Vidya Bha­van in Mumbai.

She in­tended to re­turn home af­ter com­plet­ing her stud­ies, to teach in South Africa, but she landed a con­tract with Venus Records and stayed.

Over the years, she has per­formed in over 25 coun­tries and launched her own mu­sic la­bel, Urja Mu­sic, in 2003.

Mooruth has re­leased 15 al­bums and her sin­gle, Manzil Tu Hi, was listed at num­ber 29 on the iTunes Top 100.

She will per­form at the “Mo­ments in Time” ben­e­fit con­cert at the Ken­dra Hall in Dur­ban on Satur­day.

Shashika Mooruth and Sonu Nigam have teamed up for a duet.

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