ALCHEMY: Susheela Raman/Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwals

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You haven’t embraced fusion until you’ve heard Raman’s Anglo-Pakistani-Indian take on Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’. Drawing on Indian classical music and global pop culture, the London-born Tamil singer (and former Mercury Prize nominee) returns to the Southbank’s Alchemy festival following last year’s triumphant concert of qawwali (devotional Sufi music). This outing should be even better, as Raman is joined by Rizwan and Muazzam, nephews of the Pakistani qawwali star Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as well as The Master Musicians of Rajasthan, tabla player Aref Durvesh, and Susheela’s producer and guitarist Sam Mills.


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Susheela Raman, you rock! By far the best gig I've been to in ages. The range in ages in the audience was a sight to behold, and Susheels had every one of us up and dancing. The musicians are amazing, but it's clear who the real star is.