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SUSHEELA RAMAN (cancelled)
July 22, 2011
Due to inability to procure visa in time, Susheela had to cancel her U.S. tour. Refunds available at place of purchase.
"Susheela Raman is that rarity: a true innovator" -The Guardian
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Susheela Raman is a real treasure; one of the most bewitching singers you are likely to encounter. Her spellbindingly beautiful voice has connected with millions of music lovers from all over the world. Tamil Londoner Susheela is one of the most interesting musicians emerge amongst the Asian disapora, equally at home with South Indian Classical as with Jimi Hendrix and Fela Kuti, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Aretha Franklin. As a composer, arranger and interpreter she has forged her own unique, inclusive sound and has already gained immense critical and popular acclaim for her records. Susheela is also known and loved for her very intense and compelling live performances. She has made four albums: ‘Salt Rain’ (2001), 'Love Trap' (2003), and 'Music for Crocodiles' (2005) and ‘33 1/3’ (2007).
The dreamy and seductive 'Salt Rain' went gold in France and was shortlisted for the UK Mercury Prize. The sublime and intense 'Love Trap' features many Indian songs and, amongst other great musicians, the legendary Tony Allen on drums alongside urban tabla genius, Aref Durvesh. Music for Crocodiles..is another musical feast, featuring musicians from South India and was partly recorded in Chennai (Madras). 2007 saw the release of ‘33 1/3’ a collection of characteristically soulful, distinctive and exciting re-interpretations of songs by (amonst others) Velvet Underground, Dylan, Captain Beefheart, Can and Joy Division. Recorded with long term collaborators Sam Mills, Vincent Segal and Aref Durvesh, the album has a very live feeling with stripped-down instrumentation and mutli-layered vocals. Susheela’s most beautiful journey yet.
Most recently Susheela has been spending a lot of time in Tamilnadu, South India working with devotional and folk music from the region as well as developing links with a new wave of London based British Asian musicians.