Musical Maestros

The right notes can regale us any time of the day or night. There are some musical legends whose compositions stay with us even when they’re gone. These maestros make their way into more than just our playlists; they find a place in our minds, hearts and even, world records. This post takes a look at few of the geniuses whose musical talents have set distinct records.

Kenny G
Let’s face it – saxophones aren’t the most popular music instruments out there. It’s the cool guitar, the classic piano or the harmonious violin. But Kenny G is what makes the saxophone cool. He even has how own line of saxophones! In 1997, he earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone – holding an E-flat for 45 minutes & 47 seconds. He used a technique called circular breathing which allows the player to produce an uninterrupted, continuous sound.

Adnan Sami

He is a Pakistani Canadian singer, musician, pianist, actor and composer. While he dabbles in various instruments, his forte is the classical piano. Some of his famous songs are ‘Bheegi bheegi raaton mein’‘Tera Chehra’. Sami never fell short of accolades but setting two records of his own is quite a feat even for a man of his stature. He is the fastest keyboard player in the world and the only Asian artist to have sold out, Wembley Stadium, London, in 2003 for two consecutive nights. The latter won him a place in the Limca Book of World Records.

A. R. Rahman

Having been described as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time magazine, his list of awards is quite literally endless. He writes, composes, produces and plays.Starting from South India, he has now made his mark the world over with collaborations such as those with Danny Boyle which led to Slumdog Millionaire and the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. Rahman was presented the Guinness World Record for being the original composer for the song, Maa Tujhe Salam, sung by Sai ‘Psychuck’ Manapragada in 265 languages.

 

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