He is the first Indian to be nominated in the Award’s Best New Age Album category for his album ‘Winds of Samsara’
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | December 12, 2014
‘Winds Of Samsara’ by Ricky Kej, the Billboard No.1 album on the New Age Music Charts, released in India by Times Music, in September this year, has received an even greater accolade via a nomination at the prestigious 57th Grammy Awards. News of the nomination was announced by the Recording Academy on Friday, December 5, 2014.
The debut collaborative album by Ricky Kej and renowned South African flutist Wouter Kellerman is nominated in the Best New Age Album of the Year category at the prestigious awards. With this, Kej is the first Indian to be nominated in this category.
‘Winds of Samsara’ was recorded over two years by Kej with over 120 musicians from five continents. A truly global effort, it has listeners from across the world and has succeeded in catching the attention of preferential music listeners as well. This boundary-breaking New Age album speaks through themes of world peace, spinning together forward-moving harmony, progressive composition and technical prowess with a verve and passion never before attempted in this genre. Through this album, Kej and Kellerman highlight the musical, cultural and political connections between India and South Africa, from Mahatma Gandhi to Nelson Mandela. ‘Winds of Samsara’ was released in India on Times Music.
On being nominated, Kej said, “It is especially a proud moment for me to be nominated for a Grammy and to go down in history with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Enya and Enigma. It is exhilarating to represent my country in such a respectable forum. This album is a ‘dream come true’ for me, as it has challenged us as artistes to push borders and to have the one common thread - the universal language of music. This recognition humbles me and motivates me to continue spreading the message of peace and harmony through my music.”
Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music, said “Times Music has always been committed to great music & talented artistes. We have believed right from the start that ‘Winds Of Samsara’ is a very special album and that Ricky is a special and driven artiste. We’re as excited as Ricky is about the nomination and wish him all the best for the Grammys.”