Jazz legend Herbie Hancock weaved his magic at "The Living Dream " concert in New Delhi to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first visit of American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr to India.
As vocalists Chaka Khan and Dee Dee Bridgewater's powerful voices reverberated with "We shall Overcome," the high point of the evening was a jugalbandi by recent Grammy-winner Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla while Hancock and multi-Grammy winner George Duke glided over the piano in New Delhi late last evening.
Martin Luther King III, the son of Martin Luther King Jr, who was present on the occasion said, "Music brings people together. In our tradition, the freedom tradition, if Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior were with us today they might not have told us that we shall overcome but may be in some degrees we have overcome."
"My father used to tell me that while he visits other countries as a tourist, when it comes to India, he visits the land as a pilgrimage. We share the tradition of freedom," he said.
Hancock is part of the official US delegation led by Martin Luther King III, which is retracing the steps of his parents - Martin Luther King, Jr and his wife Coretta Scott King in India, the land of the Mahatma Gandhi.