TOP TIER TALENT Juno nominees The Sultans of String will be performing from their album Subcontinental Drift at Pynelogs with sitar player Anwar Khurshid. Photo submitted

By James Rose

Special to The Pioneer

The Sultans of Swing will celebrate their 2017 Juno nomination for World Music Album of the Year with a show at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Thursday, April 6th, the final performance in CV Arts Love it Live concert series. Joining them on stage is special guest/sitar player Anwar Khurshid (whose music is featured in the Oscar-winning feature film Life of Pi).

Being nominated for a Juno for their latest album was certainly a big deal for the band.

We are honoured to receive a Juno nomination for our new CD! said bandleader Chris McKhool. We could not have made this recording without the support of the whole Canadian roots community, and our special collaboration with Anwar.

The album, Subcontinental Drift, is more than a genre-hopping experience. To the band members, it is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

Together we started writing songs about freedom and equality, and our hope of creating a better world, said Mr. McKhool. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal hopes and journeys towards finding a world peace. This is a message that is needed more than ever.

The Juno award nomination comes on the heels of the bands whirlwind North American and UK Subcontinental Drift tours, including a special appearance organized by the High Commission at Londons Trafalgar Square. The album hit number one in Canada on Earshots international charts, top 10 on the American CMJ charts and top 15 on Billboards World Music charts.

The band has been on the road non-stop, and will make their debut in The Netherlands and mainland Europe this summer. Sultans of String are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band, criss-crossing North America and performing at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, the legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, and Californias San Jose Jazz Festival.

They are currently recording a festive, world music-inspired Christmas Caravan CD featuring a wide variety of other talented musicians. The album is set for release later this year and can be found on iTunes, Spotify, or the bands own website, www.sultansofstring.com.

Tickets for the show are $25 and more information can be found at www.columbiavalleyarts.com or call 250-342-4423.