Susheela Raman


Susheela is an acclaimed British Indian musician. She has released five albums since 2001 and was nominated for the 2006 BBC World Music Awards. Raman’s debut album Salt Rain was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2001. Known for her energetic, vibrant, syncretic, and uplifting live performances, Londoner Susheela has established her place as one of the most creative artists to emerge from the South Asian diaspora. Blessed with a mesmeric voice and and arresting presence, Susheela has enraptured countless listeners with her own songs and with her interpretations of songs from her Indian roots.

She makes the lines on the map dissolve; a South Indian sensibility radiates through her happily hybrid Euro-Afro-Asian musical landscape, just as an Indian voice is infused with a Londoner’s feeling for rock, blues, soul.

Susheela’s ability to sing her way between musical worlds and thereby to create her own, has few parallels. She is moving with the tide of the times: India is now a centre of gravity within the Anglophone world, and is increasingly in the global spotlight. Finding sophisticated and adventurous pathways between Indian and global culture is the real challenge; one which she boldly and instinctively meets.

Tracks by Susheela Raman