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by Editorial Desk July 1 2024, 12:00 am Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins, 29 secs

Popular Composer and Producer Dhruv Ghanekar Celebrates Collaboration and Cultures in New Album "Voyage 2", reports the #Newsdesk

Popular composer and producer Dhruv Ghanekar celebrates collaboration and cultural diversity in his new album "Voyage 2," featuring music from across India and around the world. The album is a sequel to his 2015 release "Voyage”.

A smorgasbord of sounds and styles from all over India and beyond, Dhruv Ghanekar’s upcoming album "Voyage 2" stays true to its name. This ten-track album boldly combines Indian folk music with various musical traditions from around the globe, including Brazilian Samba, Balkan music, funk, and jazz. "Voyage 2" is a celebration of collaboration and cultures, with Dhruv Ghanekar at the heart of the album, fusing sounds to create a cohesive soundtrack.

“'Voyage 2' is a continuation of 'Voyage' (2015) but with a deeper exploration of Indian folk melodies seen through my unique global lens,” says Ghanekar, whose last public project was the musical "Mumbai Star."

Prominent collaborators on the album include Rajasthani folk singer Ila Arun, vocalists Kalpana Patowary and Vaishali Samant, bassist Mohini Dey, drummer Gino Banks, percussionist Taufiq Qureshi, and many more.

Listen to "Voyage 2" here.

“'Voyage 2' also reflects my influences from the 1990s onwards. Music is not static and is constantly evolving; therefore, my responsibility as a composer is to draw from all these rich pieces of music from across the world and marry them to Indian sounds,” adds Dhruv Ghanekar.

Ghanekar’s ability to meld different sounds shines in this album as he juxtaposes Indian folk music with global sounds—Brazilian Samba, Balkan music, reggae, jazz, dub, and even drum and bass. “The approach is to find contrasting styles and fuse them at a deep level with folk melodies from various regions of the country,” he says.

Examples of this innovative fusion include the track "Nacho," where Balkan horns and African guitars meet Ila Arun's raw vocals, and "Suprabhatam," which blends ancient Sanskrit prayers with drum and bass and hip-hop influences.

Apart from Ghanekar’s skillful compositions, his collaborators also make this project special. “Half of the collaborators are artists that I have worked with before, and the other half are new connections,” reveals Ghanekar. “One of the biggest changes in the post-Covid world is the comfort in collaborating without leaving our spaces. So, Voyage 2, in a way, is a celebration of this new travelogue of meeting people from different parts of the globe without ever setting foot out of my studio. As apocalyptic as it may sound, it has its advantages, as one can access talented artists from anywhere. Since 2021, this journey has taken me across the globe—from Costa Rica to Boston, Paris to Denver, Nashville to New York City, and, of course, much of it being assembled here in my studio in Mumbai,” he adds.

Take, for example, the Marathi song ‘Jatra’ on the album. The song was recorded in Mumbai, the horns in Boston, bass in France, drums in New York, and the Portuguese vocals in Costa Rica. “It has been an exciting and wild ride, and the casting of each musician for every song has been something I have put a lot of careful thought into.”

The album is also a celebration of women in folk, with all vocalists on the ten-track album being women. “I have always been drawn to powerful voices with a lot of character, and every voice on Voyage 2 is an authority in the culture she represents,” says Ghanekar.

Voyage 2 features some of the most iconic voices from India, like respected Rajasthani singer Ila Arun, who has sung four tracks on the album. Kalpana Patowary, a powerhouse vocalist from Assam, was an integral part of the first Voyage touring band and features on two songs, while Nandini Srikar, whose association with the composer goes back two decades and who even featured on his first-ever release "Distance" (2009), opens the album with the Sanskrit shloka ‘Suprabhatam’. Vaishali Samanth, the voice behind ‘Aika Dajiba,’ features on ‘Jatra’.

Interestingly, Ghanekar designed the album as a project he would perform live. “This was one of the learnings from Voyage 1… many of the ideas for the songs were born while I was touring with the previous band,” he informs. An album tour is yet to be announced, but Voyage 2 was released on Wah Wah Records on June 27 and is available worldwide across all streaming platforms.


  1. ‘Suprabhatam’ - Marries drum and bass with Sanskrit shlokas.
  2. ‘Deuri’ - A mix of traditional Assamese folk, jazz funk, and Brazilian influences.
  3. ‘Jatra’ - A fusion of Marathi lavni with Brazilian grooves, Norwegian folk tunes, and Portuguese vocals.
  4. ‘Bego’ - A fusion of jazz, funk, and Rajasthani folklore.
  5. ‘Nacho’ - Mixes African guitars with traditional Rajasthani folk and Balkan horns.
  6. ‘O Sorothia’ - Blends Assamese with reggae, dub, electronica, and rap.
  7. ‘Jadu’ - A mix of Rajasthani and drum and bass with reggae and dub influences.
  8. ‘Rasiya Chuneri’ - Throws back to Motown funk and Rajasthani folk.
  9. ‘Charkha’ - Fuses Rajasthani folk with African pop.
  10. ‘Assam’ - Finishes off the album with a cinematic and textural look at the beauty of Assam.

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