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For the Italian actor, see Gilberto Govi.
Santoo Govi
Birth name Santoo Govi
Origin Germany
Genres New age, New Flamenco, ethnic fusion
Occupations Musician
Years active 1988-present
Labels Real World Records/Higher Octave/Govi Music
Notable instruments

Govi is a new age/ambient musician. Each of Govi’s albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s New Age chart.


In his teens, Govi performed as the lead guitarist in bands that played everything from rock to blues. These experiences led to his first professional gig as a member of a group that played original material and won a national band competition and a recording contract which allowed them to tour throughout Germany.

Although a native of Germany, Govi spent eight years living in India.[1] It was there that Govi started playing the mandolin, mandocello, sitar, bouzouki, charango and the 8-string ukulele. While in India, he established a friendship with German new age artists Deuter and Karunesh. Their mutual admiration and respect led to Deuter co-producing Govi's debut album Sky High throughout which Deuter can be heard playing flutes and keyboards.

His fifth album Guitar Odyssey became one of the most successful albums in its genre; in 1997, it reached the top ten of the "Billboard" new age albums, eventually climbing to number three.[2]

Govi lives in Hawaii.[3] He often collaborates with Karunesh, since he also lives in Hawaii.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Sky High (1988)
  • Heart of a Gypsy (1989)
  • Cuchama (1993)
  • Passion & Grace (1995)
  • Guitar Odyssey (1997)
  • No Strings Attached: Govi at his Exuberant Best (1999)
  • Andalusian Nights (1999)
  • Seventh Heaven (2000)
  • Your Lingering Touch: Govi at his Romantic Best (2001)
  • Mosaico (2002)
  • Saffron & Silk (2004)
  • Havana Sunset: The Best of Govi (2005)
  • Jewel Box (2007)
  • Touch of Light (2008)
  • Guitarra Mistica (2011)
  • Pure At Heart (2013)

Other Compilations[edit]

  • Reverie (Chinese Dragon Music) (2012)

Other Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Gypsy Passion: New Flamenco (1997) (Narada)
  • Obsession: New Flamenco Romance (1999) (Narada)
  • Gypsy Fire (2000) (Narada)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 1 (2000) (Baja Records)
  • Barcelona: Music Celebrating the Flavors of the World (2004) (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Gypsy Spice: Best Of New Flamenco (2009) (Baja Records)
  • The World Of The Spanish Guitar Vol. 1 (2011) (Higher Octave Music)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 3 (2013) (Baja Records)

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