Anglo-Asian artist Nitin Sawhney spent four months traveling the world in search of emotional connections.
Anglo-Asian artist Nitin Sawhney spent four months traveling the world in search of emotional connections. Along the way, he recorded musicians, singers, politicians, tribal leaders, teachers, shamans, and a taxi driver in Chicago. Nelson Mandela, Algerian rai master Cheb Mami, Anglo-Yemeni singer Natacha Atlas, Yothu Yindi founder Mandawuy Yunupingu, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the London Community Gospel Choir all found their way onto his fifth album, the sublime Prophesy. Throughout, Sawhney effortlessly traverses dance/electronica, pop, and World Music, infusing the enchanting and graceful landscape with touches of samba, drum'n'bass, flamenco, gospel, funk, classical Indian, jazz, and hip-hop. Highlights include the breathtaking "Sunset" and the sinister "Cold & Intimate." Ultimately challenging, Prophesy will reward those who give it the chance it so deserves.—MP