Email received from Shout! Factory today:
Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hartâ€™s innovative Planet Drum CD convened some of the worldâ€™s finest drum talent for a collaboration that won the very first GRAMMY for world musicâ€”bringing together Nigerian drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Nigerian talking drum ace Sikiru Adepoju, and Puerto Ricoâ€™s master conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, among others. The 1991 album spent an unprecedented 26 weeks at #1 on the Billboard world music chart, and continues to sell as a perennial favorite.
Fifteen years later, the musical partnership of Hart and Hussainâ€”which began with their groundbreaking 1970s world fusion experiment Diga Rhythm Bandâ€”resumes, with a fresh collaboration of tranced-out grooves, elegant electronic programming and hypnotic tuned percussion and again enlists the great partnership of Adepoju and Hidalgo. This time they are joined by Taufiq Qureshi on percussion & vocals, Niladari Kumar on sitar, Dilshad Khan on sarangi, and the late, great Olatunji in sampled vocals from the original sessions. Elements from Hartâ€™s various world music recordings, including the Kaluli tribespeople of Papua New Guineaâ€™s rainforest, are woven with the live performances into a danceable, multi-textured celebration of rhythm.
Following on the heels of Mickey Hartâ€™s acclaimed Global Drum Project album, Shout! Factory presents The Mickey Hart Collection, a series focusing on landmark world music albums masterminded by the Grateful Dead percussionist. At The Edge, Mickey Hartâ€™s Mystery Box and Supralingua join the already-reissued Planet Drum and Diga Rhythm Bandâ€™s Diga.