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Ground Zero [Shakti]

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A sampler of the Narada subsidiary Shakti, Ground Zero combines modern electronics with the instruments and droning qualities of Indian and Middle Eastern music. Some of the tracks are driven by danceable grooves, while others are more ethereal and meditative. The effect is somewhat similar to the new age subgenre of ethnic fusion, but with less explicit new age sensibility and more genuine world music elements kept in context. Some of the artists present include Joi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Transglobal Underground, Sheila Chandra, DJ Cheb I Sabbah, and Juno Reactor.

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