Grammy® Winner Ricky Kej’s New Music Album “SHANTI SAMSARA – WORLD MUSIC FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS” was launched at the United Nations COP21 in Paris by our Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of France, François Hollande. The music album was released to the World during the much anticipated International Solar Alliance (ISA) launch event and a music video from the album was screened to the entire gathering of World Leaders present.
“Shanti Samsara” features over 300 musicians from across the globe including 7 Grammy® Award Winners, all coming together to create Environmental Consciousness. This album celebrates Nature through different cultures around the World.
The album features Sanskrit verses, spoken word by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Hollywood actress Frances Fisherand BAFTA award Winner Rosanna Arquette. It has country music legend Gary Nicholson, acclaimed Canadian singer Jennifer Gasoiand renowned S. African flutist Wouter Kellerman. This album has Zulu verses by Grammy® Award Winning Soweto Gospel Choir,Rumi verses and Turkish verses. It has folk music from Algeria, Senegal and India, chants by the monks of the Sherab Ling Monastery and melodies by the famous ‘singing nun’ Ani Choying Drolma. The album also features celebrated Asian musicians from China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea and the feted voices of India’s own Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan– all blending into the harmony for Environmental Consciousness.
On this Epic musical project, Ricky Kej said, “This album was conceptualized through the inspiring words of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi during my meeting with him in September. A heartfelt thanks to him for helping me channelize my creativity and art towards making a difference and for giving me perspective on what the world needs – ‘Environmental Consciousness’”
“It feels like I have been a musician just so that I could see this day..to see my music hopefully make a small difference in this world”, he added.
“Shanti Samsara – World Music for Environmental Consciousness” music album made in association with Vivekananda International Foundation has 14 songs and 4 music videos. You can watch it on www.ShantiSamsara.com.
Shanti Samsara – World Music for Environmental Consciousness: A global heralding of conscious action; that is what this compilation of music is. Every day, more people awaken to the reality that the destruction of our environment is merely a reflection of the destruction we inflict upon ourselves through our own actions of greed and ignorance. The environment is a natural extension of the self. One cannot exist without the other. A drastic change in our ways is the need of the hour; a realignment with a collective goal that is bigger than ourselves.
We must rekindle our inherent connection with Mother Earth by accepting responsibility for our actions. Every individual is connected by an intricate web of consciousness, which transcends space and time. Each individual life plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance that serves all equally. Let us heed our mother’s call and consciously work together for a future that is bright and beautiful for everyone, but especially the children.
Grammy® Award winner Ricky Kej has acquired a host of accolades over the years, including a Billboard #1 position, two ZMR awards (Zone Music Awards, USA), two SAMA awards (South African Music Awards) as well as a 2015 GIMA award and Mirchi Music Award in India. Known for making music from the heart, Ricky’s music is an extension of his own beliefs and philosophies- not following current trends or commercialization.
A true champion for the World Music and New Age genres, Ricky is constantly collaborating with artists from India and world-over. Ricky is a firm advocate for conservation, animal rights and music therapy. While his network of collaborators grows larger with each new production, at home in Bangalore, Ricky runs two full-fledged studios where he and a tight-knit team of devoted engineers and musicians create the magic of music.