Sanjay Divecha Launches New Album ‘Secret’
The veteran guitarist’s sophomore record with his new band Sanjay Divecha and Secret is a collaborative, multi-lingual journey through jazz, Indian classical, folk and more
What’s the big mystery behind SanjayÂ Divecha’sÂ album and band name? Turns out, there is no secret beyond a little alliterative wordplay. “There was a certain mystique to the word ”˜secret’ and it kind of went well,” explains the Mumbai-based guitarist about the title of his second album. “We were initially performing under [the name] SanjayÂ DivechaÂ but then started thinking ”˜Why don’t we name the band?’”
Sanjay Divecha as it now stands, comprises vocalists Raman Mahadevan and Chandana Bala, bassist Soni SangameswaranÂ and percussionistÂ SanketÂ Naik, apart from guitarist and lead composerÂ DivechaÂ himself. And unlike his 2012 debutÂ Full CircleÂ ”” largely an individual effort marked by guest performances ”” the eight-trackÂ SecretÂ has been a more collective venture. He says,Â “When I started to hear the music in my head, the first thing I wanted to do was form a band. They’ve been an integral part of all of this, even though I’m the primary composer.”
Secret,Â which has been in the works since 2013, seesÂ DivechaÂ continue his “journey started on the previous album” by marrying Indian classical and folk traditions with elements of African and Brazilian rhythm, jazz, funk, blues etc.
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DivechaÂ launches his album tonight at Blue Frog as part of the Mumbai performance venue’s Last Set””a month-long string of gigs before the FrogÂ shuts down for relocation.Â SaysÂ Divecha, “I have a lot of memories attached to that place, because I’ve been part of that family since its inception.”
SanjayÂ DivechaÂ and Secret launch their album ”˜Secret’ tonight at Blue Frog, Mumbai, 9 p.m. onwards. Event detailsÂ here.