Tune in to the Common Roots Virtual Music Festival to support those affected by the coronavirus pandemic

The festival features a variety of genres presented by a wide collective of musicians from around the world

author_img K Pillai Published :  16th May 2020 10:07 PM   |   Published :   |  16th May 2020 10:07 PM


Save the date for yet another online music festival, called Common Roots Virtual Music Festival. The festival will feature 24 artists from across the world whose performances will be streamed live from Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/commonroots.in/) from 2 pm to 2 am.

Bringing together artistes from across the world and across various genres to converge for a Virtual Music Festival, Common Roots Virtual Music festival comes alive every Saturday through the month of May 2020.

Designed to support the artiste community and those directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Common Roots is an effort to connect audiences through authentic and relevant engagement.

Bonny Fernandes, co-founder of the event, talks about the idea behind the festival, saying, “Common Roots attempts to address that feeling of normalcy by giving an opportunity to be moved by our favourite performers or entertainers streamed live; to be social and enjoy our usual sense of community through arts and the diverse genres within it. While there is nothing unique about streaming live performances, especially today. It attempts to recreate a festival feel with diverse genres, musicians and aficionados.”


The soundscape of the Virtual Music Festival will range across all genres including Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Sufi & Fusion and even Rock and indie. Lined up for the Festival are 25-30 artistes performing every Saturday. Each of them is encouraged to showcase 20-30 minutes of any composition that feeds their spirit.

Following are the names of a few musicians set to perform at the festival:

  • Tritha Sinha who has a versatile voice with agile and throbbing intensity
  • Internationally acclaimed Sitarist Ustad Chote Rahimat Khan
  • Amrapali Shindhe – Creator, Singer and Songwriter of Jazz, Soul, Pop and Rock
  • Musician Al Parkinson from Australia
  • Musician and filmmaker Chaoba Thiyam
  • A very young, 30 years old blues band - The Chronic Blue Circus
  • Singer and Songwriter Abhishek Gurung of Gingerfeet
  • The Folk band Jambili
  • Musician Lavin Hotchandani
  • Singer Malancha Ray of Music For Soul Singapore
  • Internationally acclaimed Mohit Mukhi
  • NAMA award winning actress, singer and songwriter Qeque Mntambo from Zimbabwe
  • International award-winning activist act - Rain in Sahara
  • Shubam Roy Collective - a folk-fusion band with aces in their own places
  • Melodious Sufi singer Sidhant Deb
  • Progressive Rock band - The Tram Lines Project
Qeque Mntambo

The platform will work to get people to donate for a good cause, especially repeat donations, since a one-time donation do not always make an impact.

Currently, the cause is focussed on supporting three fundraisers - Daily Wage Workers through GiveIndia; Artists & Researchers through India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), and Dog sanctuary, rescue and treatment through The Voice of Stray Dogs (VOSD).


Log on to the website and Instagram page to learn more. 

Website: https:commonroots.in/      

Instagram: www.instagram.com/commonroots.in