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~ 2x Juno Nominated Sultans of String and sitar master Anwar Khurshid perform the instrumental track Enter The Gate from their latest album, Subcontinental Drift.
This video is shot in Toronto, a city with a true cosmopolitan charm. We spent the day driving through some of our favourite neighbourhoods while shooting this, landing at one point at Toronto’s City Hall, where you see the huge Toronto sign. Other landmarks include the Ontario College of Art and Design, the ROM, Graffiti Alley (the one spot where graffiti is legal), Rogers Centre where the Blue Jays play, and Old City Hall. We also stopped at one of our favourite restaurants for lunch.
The song is called ‘Enter the Gate’ and features our band performing with a special guest, Anwar Khurshid. I had first hear Anwar’s music on the soundtrack of Life of Pi and The Love Guru. Anwar brings a world of Eastern music to our band, and it is a real treat to perform with him. He came to Canada because it was a place where he could be free to play the music he wanted to make. Much like our Cuban percussionist Rosendo Chendy Leon, who also came to Canada to be free to be able to speak and do what he wanted to do, without fear of the State. Anwar was trained in Indian Classical music but has a real knack for blending those influences with Western music, and this song is a culmination of all these experiences, where we mix country folk, blues, Indian classical, and rumba guitar.
Sitar player Anwar Khurshid reflects, “Since I was a child I knew there was a musician inside of me and it needed to come out. It was an imprisonment, a huge containment that I had to put up with, and I didn’t realize how empowering and how freeing it was for me to be here in Canada and to be able to play music and be proud of it.”