Cheb i Sabbah has returned to India for Devotion, his seventh album on Six Degrees Records. India, a country Cheb i Sabbah vsited several times, has been a theme with Cheb i Sabbah before, on the previous CDs Shri Durga (1999) and Krishna Lila (2002). Cheb i Sabbah worked on Devotion for several years.
The CD includes an impressive cast of guests. “Jai Bhavani” (Praise to Bhavani, another form of Durga), features Anup Jalota, the pre-eminent singer of Hindu kirtans and bhajans in India. “Koi Bole Ram Ram,” (Some Say Rama Rama) is sung by Rana Singh, a reputed Sikh gurbani singer. “Kinna Sohna” (How Beautiful Did God Make You?), is a Sufi tune written by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and sung here by Punjabi Master Saleem. Qalanderi, another Sufi track features the vocals of Riffat Sultana, daughter of the late, great Pakistani classical singer Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. “Haun Vaari Haun Varaney,” is sung by Harnam Singh . “Morey Pya Bassey,” features Indian classical singer Shubha Mudgal.
Cheb i Sabbah is a composer and producer. He left his native Algeria in the 1960s, and has made a career out of blending music from all over the world into kaleidoscopic, dance-floor mixes ever since. His first three albums for Six Degrees Records, Shri Durga (1999), Maha Maya: Shri Durga ReMixed (2000) , and Krishna Lila (2002), are cult classics in which India’s time-honored traditions merge with the universe of possibilities afforded by contemporary recording technology. This trilogy established him as a unique artist who creates bridges between cultures with a deeply moving sound drawn from DJ wizardry and world music aesthetics.