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.