Asha Puthli is one of the most successful vocalists ever to come out of India. Perhaps best known for her stirring vocals on free jazz legend Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction album, Asha is a cosmopolitan pioneer of jazz, funk, soul and electronic dance music who has recorded ten solo albums for labels like EMI and CBS/Sony.
A quick glance at some of the artists with whom she has recorded, sung or shared the stage is a testament to her eclecticism: Alice Coltrane, Roy Ayers, Henry Threadgill, Grace Jones, Mirielle Mathieu, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Haden, Renato Zero, Barry White, Bill Laswell, Patti Smith, Nina Hagen, Don Cherry, Freddie Hubbard, and Django Reinhardt.
Today, as Asha Puthli prepares to release new material, her songs are being rediscovered by legions of hip-hop, neo-soul, nu-jazz, and electronica fans. Asha’s underground 1970s albums, helmed by renowned producers like Del Newman and Teo Macero, have become popular hip-hop break records, sampled by the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Sean Combs, Jay-Z, The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, Jagged Edge, SWV, J-Walk, Governor Feat. 50 Cent, Dilated Peoples, Redman, and The Aboriginals; and her cover of George Harrison’s “I Dig Love” was sampled in 2005 by Diplo for UK Mobo award winner Kano’s “Reloaded”. In 2005, Asha also co-wrote and sings the lead vocal on Stratus’ “Looking Glass.”
GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles, features a display of albums and wardrobe from the first Indian music-makers they have deemed as worthy pioneer crossover artists Asha Puthli.