ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Mustafa Khetty

Mustafa Khetty is a composer and song writer with little musical background. Born in Sri Lanka, educated in Ireland and an Irish citizen, his early years there absorbing the culture, humour, literature, ethos and musical heritage has been a lifelong inspiration. He has lived in the UK, USA, Middle East and Far East, which has contributed to a rich and diverse palette of musical influence. His influences are Indian classical, western classical, choral, Mid-Eastern, progressive rock, samba, African, jazz fusion, heavy metal, ethnic and other genres. He started composing music at age 12 and scored the first sketches of a Rock/classical fusion concerto, toccata and fugue and other pieces by age 15. At the end of 2017, after nearly 36 years as an investor and IT entrepreneur, he made a complete change and returned to his first passion, music.

His music style ranges across different genres and fusion of both western and eastern styles and instruments merging soundscapes forming a tapestry of moods, emotions, rhythmic patterns and harmonic layers. Often described as world music, his creative spirit is free from rules. A bohemian at heart, his music and acoustic expressions are a reflection of his travels, life experiences and observations.

The New Zealand shooting caused tremendous sorrow but there was a silver lining. The Prime Minister, Jacinta Ardern pulled the country together with her genuine outpouring of grief, sympathy, empathy and leadership. She called for immediate ban of fire arms and debate about gun law. The country came together, reflected on its values, immigration, citizenship, safety, disenfranchisement and community. There was a distinct convergence of harmony, purpose and resolve.

Lone rangers are random events and impossible to predict. It takes courage to attack the public with knife or non-fire arm weapons but with firearms, even the timid and cowardly can execute a hate crime with devastating consequences.

Requiem for New Zealand is for the departed souls who are victims of hate in every country on this planet.