Achieve­ment hon­our for Mooruth

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - DOREEN PREMDEV

SEN­SA­TIONAL singer Shashika Mooruth was the woman of the mo­ment at the SA Mu­sic Awards (Sama) last week­end.

Mooruth re­ceived the life­time achieve­ment and in­ter­na­tional achieve­ment award – pre­sented to her by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mooruth, 54, who lives in Mum­bai, In­dia, came to South Africa last month to pro­mote her al­bum, Heart to Heart.

The al­bum was writ­ten by Ben­gali mu­sic di­rec­tor Babul Bose, Swedish singer Neeraj Srid­har and In­dian singer and com­poser Ra­jeev Ma­havir.

Mooruth, who recorded the pop­u­lar ro­man­tic duet Rafta Rafta with hit Bol­ly­wood play­back singer Sonu Nigam, was born and raised in Mobeni Heights, Chatsworth, and moved to Mum­bai in 1987.

Mooruth launched her own mu­sic la­bel, Ujra Mu­sic. She has per­formed with In­dia’s great­est singers in­clud­ing Anup Jalota, Udit Narayan, Mo­hamed Aziz, Ad­nan Sami and Anu Ma­lik.

The Sa­mas are con­sid­ered the Grammy Awards of South Africa. Mooruth said win­ning the awards re­as­sured her that all her years of hard work was worth it.

“When I walked on to the stage, to­wards the pres­i­dent, my en­tire jour­ney in mu­sic from child­hood to the present flashed be­fore me,” she said. “The award also sees an open­ing for In­dian mu­sic at the Sa­mas in the fu­ture.”

Mooruth will travel to Europe and Amer­ica for workshops on sound vi­bra­tion and then re­turn to In­dia to mar­ket her al­bum.

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