It was the common language in music that made Mathias Duplessy - Frenchman based in Paris – collaborate with Sufi Indian singer Mir Mukhtiyar Ali. Having worked together for over 7 years, the musical duo created a style – which draws inspiration from Rajasthani folk, flamenco, blues, reggae, African, Japanese and Mongolian music - and distinctly defines them. Ever since both Mukhtiyar and Mathias recorded the popular album ‘Jeena Jeena’ in Paris, they have been performing live.
So when Mathias and Mukhtiyar, who are popular for their unforgettable music in ‘Finding Fanny’ and ‘Peepli Live’, performed at the Udaipur World Music Festival, it took them just one song to connect with people. The musicians duo also furthered their cause of imparting love through music via their recent concert.
Giving an insight into their journey, Mathias told us what helped the two collaborate. “Our language may not be the same, our background might be completely different, but our music – which is so varied yet similar brought us together. I can comprehend Mukhtiyar through his music.”
While his music speaks volumes about spirituality, is he also a spiritual person in real life? “It is very difficult to say if I’m a spiritual person or not. But I definitely try to be one. Frankly, it is a challenge to be spiritual everyday because of the dark period that we all are living in. Look at the number of problems we have to face today. All this makes me scared. With our music we are trying to find some light to dissipate the darkness.”
Is he fond of Bollywood music? “Not much. However, it is very interesting to see how the new Indian cinema is emerging. Bollywood is a lot about business. All the music directors in Bollywood compose for 10 or movies simultaneously. It is a race for money. And I’m not at all like that. I try to do something different with my music- putting humanity into the business.”