Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj

Mansion at Strathmore

Part of the Inspired Pairings Season at Strathmore

Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon is known for his beat-boxing, rhyming, and storytelling skills. This collaboration with violinist Nistha Raj offers a contemporary take on classical Hindustani music. Together, Bacon and Raj create something totally fresh. It’s an edgy, innovative amalgam that draws on their diverse heritages with the goal of bridging cultural divides. These envelope-pushing artists are no strangers to innovation. Raj has already enjoyed significant critical acclaim, described by Inside World Music as “clearly awe-inspiring…Indian fusion at its best.” Bacon’s career highlights include a 12-piece orchestra arrangement commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and being the first hip-hop artist featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


Music is like fire, never stale, existing mainly because of relentless rejuvenation.  This fusion performance (Nistha Raj & Christylez Bacon) had a class, uncompromising musicality and entertained the audience.  This is a proof that you can have the cake and eat it too! ”

Sridharan Madhusudhanan Minister (Press, Information & Culture) Embassy of India

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