Nitin Sawhney — „Immigrants“ (19 March, 2021)

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NITIN SAWHNEY AWARDED CBE ON THE 2019 QUEEN’S NEW YEAR’S HONOUR LIST.
Sawhney kombinuje řadu globálních zvuků do expanzivní a podnětné hudby. Nitin je podnětný k zamyšlení a zásadní. Album Immigrants je poháněno případy rasismu v Sawhneyho vlastním životě. Album je poseto přestávkami s rozrušujícími  zpravodajskými klipy (dav křičící „Vraťte se do svých domovů!“), širokou škálou spolupracovníků a vzpomínkami na skutečné zážitky migrantů, které se dají použít pro hlubokou úroveň narativních emocí. Nitin Sawhney je jedním z nejvýraznějších a nejuniverzálnějších hudebních hlasů současnosti a dosahuje mezinárodní reputace ve všech možných kreativních médiích. 13 studiovek, 4 Live, 5 soundtracků.
Venue: Roundhouse, London, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London NW 1 8EH, UK.  March 27, 2021. Tento speciální koncert bude zahrnovat provizi vytvořenou speciálně pro festival spolu s vybranou hudbou z Nitinova nového alba IMMIGRANTS, ve kterém se vrací a navazuje na témata a myšlenky, prozkoumané v roce na albu Beyond Skin (Outcaste Records, 1999/CERTIFIED GOLD). To vše samozřejmě spolu s Nitinovým obrovským katalogem nahraných děl a alb. Toto album, které vyšlo 19. března 2021, je hudební oslavou imigrantů z celého světa. Představuje a předvádí díla inspirovaná umělci, kteří se identifikují jako imigranti, pocházejí z imigračního dědictví nebo jen chtějí vyjádřit podporu těm, kteří ocitli souzeni nebo znevýhodněni čistou náhodou místem narození. Nitin absolvuje turné po celém Spojeném království v březnu 2022.Nitin Sawhney
Born: 1964 in Dulwich, London, England
Genre: Electronic, Stage & Screen, International
Location: Rochester, Kent ~ London, UK
Album release: 19 March 2021
Record Label: MASTERWORKS/Sony Music Classical
Duration:     44:08
Tracks:
Disc 1
01. Down the Road (Feat. YVA, Dhruv Sangari & Nicki Wells)
02. Immigrants Interlude I
03. Movement — Variation II (Feat. Ayanna Witter~Johnson)
04. Vai (Feat. Nina Miranda)
05. Exile (Feat. Natacha Atlas & Samy Bishai)
06. Replay (Feat. Aruba Reid)
07. Immigrants Interlude II
08. Heat & Dust (Feat. Abi Samba & Rushil)
09. Box (Feat. Gina Leonard)
10. You Are (Feat. YVA)
Disc 2
01. Immigrants Interlude III
02. Differences (Feat. Abi Sampa & Rushil)
03. Immigrants Interlude IV
04. Lifeline (Feat. Spek & Rahel Debebe~Dessalegne)
05. Tokyo
06. Sawubona (Feat. Natty)
07. Immigrants Interlude V
08. Movements — Variations I (Feat. Anna Phoebe)
09. Another Sky (Feat. AVAWAVES)
10. Dream
Review
by John Murphy ⌊16 Mar 2021⌋ Score: ★★★★
Nitin Sawhney has packed more into his career than most people have. A true multi~instrumentalist, he’s been part of The James Taylor Quartet and Talvin Singh’s side~project the Tihai Trio, as well as curating countless festivals and soundtracking an extraordinary number of films and TV shows. He even found time to help to create the comedy sketch show Goodness Gracious Me with Sanjeev Bhaskar. If there really was a prize for hardest working man in showbusiness, Sawhney would be odds~on favourite.
Immigrants is Sawhney’s 11th studio album and arrives a full six years after his last, Dystopian Dream. What will pique the interest of many is the fact that it’s billed as the “official sequel” to Beyond Skin, his groundbreaking and Mercury nominated album from 1998.
Anyone who loved that record will immediately fall for Immigrants. It’s structured as a proper ‘concept’ album, designed to celebrate immigrants across the world. The songs are threaded together by several ‘interludes’ where we hear snatches of spoken words, whether it be old news clips about the Windrush arrivals, or more dishearteningly, the chants of Trump supporters insisting that he “build that wall”.
Between these little interludes are a number of songs that show Sawhney collaborating with a number of artists who identify as immigrants. So the sumptuous Exile showcases the vocals of former Transglobal Underground singer Natacha Atlas backed by the Egyptian violinist Samy Bishai, while the infectiously catchy Lifeline features a blistering rap from Canadian hip~hop musician Hussain Yoosuf, better known as the former Dream Warrior member Spek.
There are a number of instrumentals scattered through the album, which demonstrate just what a master Sawhney is of his craft. One listen to the glitchy, frenetic beats of Tokyo could almost transport you into that city’s surreal, day~glo nightlife while Movement is featured in two separate ‘variations’, one featuring the impressive violinist playing of Anna Phoebe, and the other showcases the cellist and singer Ayanna Witter~Johnson.
Replay is another highlight, featuring the German~born, London~based vocalist Aruba Red, spitting out lines about the “blotting paper of an island we all call home”. It’s an example of one of many tracks on Immigrants that are, at first listen, downtempo and relaxing but bustling with a furious energy underneath. Sometimes, the mid~’90s trip~hop era is brought to mind (as on the opening Down The Road which nods to the likes of Zero 7) but this is more a continuation and evolution of the sound that Beyond Skin established rather than a straight copy of it.
The closing Dream aptly sums up the album up, a collection of quotes from immigrants and their children, reflecting on their experiences over a stirring instrumental section. It’s a stirring, poignant end to a record which celebrates the immigrant experience without ever becoming po~faced or maudlin. It’s a worthy successor to Beyond Skin, and could even bag the Mercury Award which its predecessor somehow missed out on.
https://www.musicomh.com/reviews/albums/nitin-sawhney-immigrants
By Kate Solomon, March 18, 2021 7:53 pm(Updated 8:20 pm):
https://inews.co.uk/culture/nitin-sawhney-immigrants-review-compassionate-thought-provoking-and-essential-920922
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