1. Shakti was a band formed by John McLaughlin
after disbanding his Mahavishnu Orchestra
in 1975. McLaughlin changed direction and switched to indian music and acoustic guitar
instead of the electric
he played beforehands. The Shakti band also consisted of 4 indian musicians, one playing on a violin
, another on a tabla
and two other playing rythms on a mridangam
. The music is a fusion of jazz, indian and rock music and is very unique. The band recorded 4 albums and disbanded in 1977. Some of the members later reunited in 1999 for one tour and a double album.
2. Shakti literally means 'power'.