Mu­si­cal tal­ent hon­oured

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SOUTH African song­bird Shashika Mooruth, who put the coun­try on the map in In­dian mu­sic, will re­ceive the In­ter­na­tional Achiever Award at the SA Mu­sic Awards (SA­MAs) on June 2 at Sun City.

Mooruth, who lives in Mum­bai and writes the monthly col­umn Desi Track, could not con­tain her ex­cite­ment and took to Face­book.

“Hit a five. I just re­ceived the news … SAMA 2018 or­gan­ised by the Record­ing In­dus­try of South Africa have an­nounced me as re­cip­i­ent for the In­ter­na­tional Achiever Award as mu­sic pro­ducer and singer. I worked hard for this too. Am grate­ful to my par­ents and all who have fol­lowed and sup­ported me in my mu­sic. This is a leap for South African In­dian mu­sic,” she wrote.

She took to so­cial me­dia, say­ing: “… I am en­joy­ing be­ing re­ferred to as ‘our girl’.!!! won­der­ful to be the daugh­ter of the soil.”

Mooruth has achieved a lot, not only as a record­ing artist, but as a pro­ducer. Her al­bum, Kr­ishna, The Flute Player, fea­tured on the Bill­board charts on its re­lease.

Her sin­gle, It’s Sa Ga Sa Ga Ma, was nom­i­nated in the Best World Mu­sic Song at the Round­glass Mu­sic Awards in the US this year and her song, The Flute Breathes, was also nom­i­nated for the Global Peace Song Awards in the World Mu­sic cat­e­gory in the US last year.

SAMA said in a state­ment: “She has en­joyed crit­i­cal ac­claim with Kr­ishna, The Flute Player all over the world with rave reviews flow­ing in in­clud­ing a Top 100 spot in the world al­bums for the first round vot­ing at The Gram­mys. Her mu­sic has been in­cluded in the mu­sic ap­pre­ci­a­tion and world mu­sic classes at Emer­son Col­lege in Bos­ton.”

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