The New Faces of Fusion: Maati Baani
Making fusion music go viral, one collaboration at a time
Comprising vocalist NiraliÂ Kartik (34) and guitarist/producer Kartik Shah (38), Mumbai world music duoÂ Maati Baani gained viralÂ fame on YouTube for theirÂ ability to blend IndianÂ classical with genres fromÂ around the globe.
The one thing that makesÂ Maati Baani stand out fromÂ their peers is theirÂ collaboration-friendlyÂ approach to music making.Â One of their earliest songsÂ “Tore Matware Naine” featured theÂ French jazz/funk singer JoyÂ Shanti and a flautist/fluteÂ seller they stumbled acrossÂ on the streets. Another oneÂ of their compositionsÂ “Mitwa” is a classicalÂ bandish with a gritty funk/Â lounge groove.
The bandÂ consistently do their best toÂ put a spotlight on local folkÂ artists through the powerÂ of social media and theirÂ more recent work has seenÂ them collaborate with folkÂ singers, MooralalaÂ Marwada (“Hiye KayaÂ Mein”) and Bhutta KhanÂ (“Rumaal”.)
In a bid to truly capture aÂ glocal flavor in their music,Â Maati Baani videos oftenÂ feature musicians fromÂ around the globeÂ performing their parts inÂ the song at iconicÂ landmarks in their nativeÂ cities. The video for theirÂ cover of Michael Jackson’sÂ “Heal The World” has overÂ 50 child artists fromÂ various countries aroundÂ the globe and “Jao Piya”Â features Kartik singing atÂ Mumbai’s Gateway of IndiaÂ while French percussionistÂ Julien NÃ©rÃ©e is capturedÂ playing the cajon againstÂ the backdrop of EiffelÂ Tower in Paris. PopularÂ musician Max ZT is filmedÂ playing the hammeredÂ dulcimer in New York’sÂ Tompkins Square Park.
Also a strong voice inÂ activism, Maati BaaniÂ launched their recentÂ project “Chipko Re”Â featuring acclaimed writer/actor Piyush Mishra in a bidÂ to encourage viewers toÂ protect the trees inÂ Mumbai’s Aarey Colony.
Watch Maati Baani’s video for “Lagan Lagi Re” below: