This Grammy Award-Winner Finds it ‘Impossible’ to Imitate AR Rahman

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Grammy-winning South African flautist and music composer Wouter Kellerman says he loves Bollywood music and A R Rahman is his favourite music director because it is impossible to imitate the Indian maestro.

“AR Rahman obviously is my favourite. I try to imitate him but cannot keep the magic intact. There is some magic in his fingers, it is impossible to imitate him,” he told PTI in an interview here.

Mr Kellerman said he was totally bowled over by Mr Rahman’s Bombay theme track and a song from Slumdog Millionaire.

The composer, who received a Grammy at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for his 2014 album Winds of Samsara in collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej, was in the city, where he was working on an ambitious project with him.

Mr Kellerman revealed that they were working on a follow-up to Winds of Samsara to be released in 2017.
“I and Ricky have started to work for a very long ambitious project to be released in 2017, but that will be a follow up of Winds of Samsara,” he said.

“Theme is always going to be good energy, love, peace and tolerance – that’s the theme we would like to build on,” he said.Mr Kellerman, however, said he doesn’t like to make music which had “sinister dimensions” though he had immense respect for those who created it.

“I don’t like to make music that has sinister dimensions. For me all the music I make it can be deep but it is not dark. That’s the music I like. It can be sad; it can be deep but I don’t like to make music which is dark,” he said.

“I have a lot of respect for musicians who want to make dark music – sometimes I like listening to it but that’s not my road at the moment,” he added.

cerdit : ndtv

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