Singing sen­sa­tion’s de­but al­bum comes from the heart

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - DOREEN PREMDEV

SINGING sen­sa­tion Shashika Mooruth has done South Africa proud. Not only has she es­tab­lished her­self in the lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try, but Mooruth has taken In­dia by storm since she moved there in 1987. Next month she will re­lease her first orig­i­nal sound­track in Durban.

Mooruth, a 54-year-old singer, mu­sic pro­ducer and com­poser, grew up in Mobeni Heights, Chatsworth and now lives in Mum­bai with her son Damodar, 24. Her al­bum, Heart to Heart, will be re­leased in­ter­na­tion­ally un­der her record la­bel Ujra Mu­sic. She will launch the al­bum at a spe­cial concert, Heart to Heart with Zeenat Aman at the izulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino on May 12 – along with Bol­ly­wood su­per­star, Zeenat Aman.

“This will be a concert in­cor­po­rated with a talk show with su­per­star Aman,” said Mooruth.

“I chose Aman be­cause she shot to star­dom when I was a child star. Coin­ci­den­tally, her first hit song, Dum Maro Dum, from the film Hare Rama Hare Kr­ishna, was re­leased in 1971 – the same year I started singing. I will also present her with a life­time achieve­ment award.”

Mooruth says this is her “dream al­bum” and she started work­ing on it in 2014, only fin­ish­ing it this month. It fea­tures eight ro­man­tic songs and is com­posed in dif­fer­ent styles based on her aura, she said.

Mooruth fought against the odds to ful­fil her dream to be a mu­si­cian. With no pro­fes­sional train­ing, she picked up her singing skills by lis­ten­ing to in­ter­na­tional artists on the ra­dio un­til she got the op­por­tu­nity to visit In­dia and fur­ther her skills. In In­dia, she re­alised that mu­sic was her call­ing.

Mooruth has been ap­plauded by singing greats in­clud­ing the late Us­tad Nus­rat Fateh Ali Khan, who heard her sing in Mum­bai in 1997. Khan de­scribed her as “a voice steeped in emo­tion that comes only from the spir­i­tual world”.

The songs for Mooruth’s lat­est al­bum were writ­ten by Ben­gali mu­sic di­rec­tor Babul Bose, Swedish singer Neeraj Sridhar and In­dian singer and com­poser Ra­jeev Ma­havir.

“Heart to Heart is my big­gest pro­duc­tion so far and it por­trays dif­fer­ent emo­tions of love and the ex­pe­ri­ence of love from ado­les­cence to wom­an­hood,” she said.

Shashika Mooruth with Neeraj Srid­hav do­ing what she was born to do: singing to her heart’s con­tent. She will re­lease her first orig­i­nal al­bum next month in Durban.

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