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    Sawani Shende joins a supergroup featuring Tina Turner

    PROJECTS that are collaborations between your favourites artistes are always exciting. The last supergroup that received recognition was SuperHeavy that saw artistes like Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, A R Rahman and Damian Marley. Now, Indian classical singer Sawani Shende-Sathaye will be a part of the International Spiritual Super Group, Beyond, which includes the iconic music diva Tina Turner, also a self-styled Buddhist-Baptist. Sathaye will be adding Hindu prayers and Indian classical music to the cross-cultural combination of music and mantras created by Regula Curti, a Christian musician  from Switzerland.

    Love and peace
    It was Curti who discovered Sathaye in Zurich. “I had worked with tabla player Sriram and he suggested my name to Curti. She then flew down to Pune to meet me and felt my voice would suit the Beyond team,” explains Sathaye. Why a spiritual project? “The album aims to spread oneness.” Sathaye will focus on prayers on goddesses. “There will be songs like Sarva Mangala Mangalye on Durga,” she says. The other team member is Dechen Shak-Dagsay, a Buddhist singer  from Tibet.

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    With over 10 tracks, the audio was launched two weeks ago. As for working with Turner, Sathaye says, “She is a great personality who made us feel comfortable.” Beyond is in stores for Rs.395.

    Mrinalini Sundar

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