On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Ashish Joshi about 969 with Steve Newman.
Ashish Joshi & Steve Newman at 969.
An evening of spirited and dynamic world music with guitarist Steve Newman drawing on intricate flamenco melodies and Ashish Joshi mixing in south Asian beats from his tabla drum, a traditional India drum that is similar to the bongo. The concert takes place as part of the Wits Theatre’s 969 Festival.
Ashish Joshi began his musical training under the capable guidance of the greatly respected South African teacher Jeram Bhana. He underwent four years of training in the classical form of the art of percussion whilst he continued to play at religious gatherings for his spiritual group Rishi (Ramakrishna Institute of Spirituality and Hinduism). When he was 17, he teamed up with Marc Duby, Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades and Priyesh Bhana to perform in the eastern world music project Avaaz.
Two years on, he formed the duo Strings and Skins and released an album of the same name. This duo went on to perform stunning concerts around southern Africa and did some remarkable collaborations with rap metal group Not My Dog, Tony Cox on his China album, as well as Madala Kunene and the DJ remix product Krushed and Sorted. Ashish has also accompanied various artists including Steve Newman, the late great bassist Gito Baloi, Neo Munyanga, Rob Watson and Barry van Zyl to name a few during his 16 years of performance. Ashish continued to dazzle audiences around southern Africa with his ever-growing percussive expression on the tabla, djembe, darbuka and dhol.
Listen to Renos’ interview with Ashish Joshi here:
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