Kavita Krishnamurti on LGMF
At the 25th edition of Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (LGMF), Kavita Krishnamurti acclaimed playback singer and Director, LGMF, said, “Over the years, the festival has received an overwhelming response amassing millions of views across social media platforms, and hosting over two lakh people at a single event. Each musician has a unique talent, and when they share a stage, it creates a riveting experience for everyone. I invite everybody to enjoy an evening of diverse musical talents.”
This year’s edition will begin with an evening of global fusion music, with a lineup of acclaimed international artists with Dr. L. Subramaniam: Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam (in Mumbai only), Vadim Repin (prodigy violinist and recipient of France’s most prestigious musical award, The Victorie d’Honneur for a lifetime’s dedication to music), Svetlana Smolina (hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “an outstanding pianist with a luxuriant tone” and a frequent player on global stages including – Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival, and Hollywood Bowl), Audun Sandvik (Norwegian cellist and teacher at the Norwegian Academy of Music, one of Europe’s most prestigious institutes).
Naqsh Lyallpuri - The Legend passes away
Renowned Urdu poet and lyricist Jaswant Rai Sharma, known to the world by his pen name Naqsh Lyallpuri, died here on Sunday,He was 89. He had been ailing for some time and breathed his last around 11.15 am at his Andheri home.Born in Llallpur in the part of Punjab now in Pakistan, Lyallpuri came to Mumbai in the late 1940s to make a career in Hindi cinema.
Though he got his first break in 1952 as a song writer, real success eluded him till the early 1970s. He also worked with the postal department for some time to make ends meet during his early struggling days in Mumbai.
Over the years, he collaborated with some top film directors, music directors like Naushad, Shankar Jaikishan, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Bappi Lahiri, Jagjit Singh and many more and singers, penning soft melodies, romantic numbers and emotional songs that touched the hearts of millions.
Some of his best songs include: 'Main to har modh par', 'Na Jane kya hua jo tune chhu liya', 'Ulfat me zamane ki har rasm ko thukroa' and 'Do deewane shaher mein'.
Tinaa Ghaai said-I lost my dad few years ago and now lost my dad in law,Sar se baap ka saaya hee uth gaya,in my case I was loved the most by my both the dads.Both of them were like demigods.Irreparable damage still in denial mode.I have recorded a song in a film which has lyrics by Naqsh ji and music by Bappi Lahiri which will be his last film.
Rajan Lyallpuri said - A complete vacuum.... Feeling suffocated as my father ,my teacher,my preacher,my friend,my guide has departed.
Photo: Naqsh Lyallpuri, at the last film recording With Music Director Bappi Lahiri, daughter in law Tina Ghaai & son Rajan lyallpuri
Mika Singh at Donald Trump Dinner
Bollywood singer Mika Singh said that he was honoured to be able to attend a “prestigious dinner” hosted by the President-elect Donald Trump hours before his inauguration ceremony. Mika Singh on Friday morning shared a two-minute long video, where Trump was heard saying, “In the audience there’s a special person, who’s worked very hard, who married very well, it’s my daughter Ivanka… I sort of stole her husband. He is so great… I have a feeling Jared (Kushner) is going to do a great job.”
Mika Singh, who attended the dinner wearing an all black ensemble, captioned the image: “It is a great honour for me to be attending the most prestigious dinner in Washington D.C. with the President of the US.”
Amaal Mallik chosen as No.1 Artist of the Year
Gaana.com, the music broadcasting service has chosen Amaal Mallik as No.1 artist of the year. Amaal, put up a post on his facebook page saying that he has been selected as the No.1 artist of the year by the popular music broadcasting service. Gaana, which is one of India’s largest music broadcasting services, includes millions of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, English, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, and English songs for free.
Amaal, who is famous for his songs ‘Soch Na Sake’, ‘Kar Gayi Chull’, ‘Buddhu Sa Mann’, ‘Sau Aasmaan’, ‘Salamat’, ‘Bol Do Na Zara’, ‘Sab Tera’, ‘Besabriyaan’, ‘Parvah Nahi etc, has also lent his voice to a song ‘Surrender Hua' for an upcoming 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania’. Starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, the film is slated to release on 10 March 2017 under the banner of Dharma Productions.
DJ Snake to tour India
After Sunburn what? Celebrated French DJ and record producer DJ Snake is on the way for Sunburn Arena multi-city tour in India in February 2017. Sunburn Festival co-presented by Gionee and Renault announced that the ‘Turn Down for What’ hit maker will perform at Sunburn Arena multi-city tour from February 17-19th. ‘Bass Raja’ Nucleya will be the supporting act for DJ Snake.
They will tour India from February 17 to 19. The tour schedule will be as follows: 17th February in Hyderabad, 18 February in Kolkata and 19 February in Chennai. The venues for the city performances will also be announced soon. Mumbai, unfortunately is not on their list.
Shreya Ghoshal Unplugged on MTV!
And now it’s Shreya Ghoshal’s turn to perform at the Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged S6. On 21st January, MTV will air the second episode featuring Bollywood’s very own singer Shreya Ghoshal. She will be performing to unplugged versions of some famous Bollywood songs like ‘Dewaani Mastani’, ‘Mohe Rang Do’, ‘Sun Raha Hai Na Tu’, and ‘Leja Leja Re’ as also with classics numbers like ‘Agar Tum Mil Jao’, ‘Rasme Ulfat Ko Nibhayei' and more.
Shreya said, “I am so happy and delighted to be a part of MTV Unplugged. I have seen a few seasons and love it to the core. This season is indeed one of the best seasons of all time. It has so many newcomers as well. I am happy to be associated with the biggest show.”
Catch the episode on MTV Unplugged with Shreya Ghoshal on 21 January at 8 pm.
Jaipur Literature Festival ties up with Red Fm 93.5
The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival from 19th -23rd January 2017, in collaboration with Red FM promises to be a five-day literary and musical extravaganza. The music performances will take place at two locations, the Front Lawns at Diggi Palace in the morning and the Music Stage at Hotel Clarks Amer in the evening. India’s Got Talent – 2010 winner, the Shillong Chamber Choir and master drummer of Rajasthan, Nathoo Lal Solanki will be inaugurating the festival.
Attendees can look forward to performances by lyricist-playback singer Swanand Kirkire and Ankur Tiwari, Padmini Rao and acclaimed vocalist Devashish Dey.
Other performers include Rajasthan Josh and Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café's music, followed by the sounds of Bombay Bassment, Soulmate, Beth Orton and Sam Amidon, Lisa Hannigan, Aga Khan Music Initiative Ensemble and The Raghu Dixit Project as well as some colourful local folk dances.
In Session with Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar
In Session, Live at the G5A Black Box, is a very special new series curated by G5A that will be held every quarter. The Black Box is an experimental space that lends itself to intimate performances, compelling talks and dialogues, and thought provoking presentations. The programs lend themselves to an improvisational sensibility - an integral extension of the Black Box. Here the artiste is as much in anticipation of how the evening will unfold, as the spectator.
This begins to dissolve the often irreducible gap between artiste and audience. Audience participation becomes a vital part of the performance and this in turn begins to redefine the performer-spectator relationship and the performance itself.
Presenting: G5A In Session, Live at the G5A Black Box with two stalwart musicians Ustad Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar on Jan 25th, G5A Laxmi Mills, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai,
Come and be part of a live video and album recording as the artistes improvise before you. And later enjoy a four-course South Indian meal on the bougainvillea lined G5A Terrace.
SulaFest 10th Edition Gourmet World Music Festival
SulaFest, (held in Sula Vineyards near Nashik) is the country’s premier gourmet world music festival. Hosted by Sula, India’s leading winery, the event dishes out a heady mix of great music, wine, drinks, food, fashion and shopping amidst the scenic environs of Sula Vineyard.
SulaFest attracts leading Indian and International artistes from across genres, including rock, folk, blues, electronic and reggae music. Last year’s edition of the festival was sold out with more than 10,000 people making the trip. A must-do event on every wine and music connoisseur’s list!
Started in 2007, SulaFest edition 10 will be happening from 3-5th February 2017. It will feature three stages, more than 120 artists and tonnes of great food fun, frolic, and flea markets.
With less than 16 days to go, the organisers have added on some big names to the festival line-up to make it even bigger!
‘Bloc Party’ (UK) is making their India debut as the headlining act along with ‘Infected Mushroom’ (IS). Both the bands will be seen performing at the Amphitheatre Stage.
Saregama commemorates the 100th birth anniversary of MGR
Saregama commemorates the 100th birth anniversary of the iconic actor and former Chief Minister Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran popularly known as MGR by launching MGR music card to add to its collection.
The music card comes with 200 HD songs pre-loaded on a 4GB USB memory card, making it convenient to use on laptops,computers, car music systems and any other USB port.Most of his acted films containedmelodious love duet songs. MGR had a band of poets who wrote simple,effective lines for his movies. Some of hissongs contained compelling message tothe people of society. Understandingthese sentiments, Saregama music cardshave specially curated a readymadeplaylist for easy listening and gifting,whenever and wherever.So, indulge yourself in classics such as‘Puthiya Vaanam’, ‘Moondrezhuthil En’, ‘Naan Yaen Piranthen’, ‘Vaanagaiya Vaathiyariya’ and many more. The music card is priced at Rs.600/-and contains200 HD quality songs.
Prince's Estate Signs Merchandising Deal with Bravado
Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company, has signed an agreement with the Estate of Prince to serve as the exclusive branding and licensing partner worldwide. The deal comes two months after sister company Universal Music Publishing group announced an exclusive worldwide deal to administer the Prince publishing catalogue.
During a career spanning four decades, Prince sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. His No. 1 hits include “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” “Raspberry Beret,” “You Got the Look,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Cream,” among many more.In addition to the Oscar, Prince won seven Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Purple Rain with both “Purple Rain” and “1999” entering into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Bravado says it will work closely with the Estate to manage retail and licensing endeavors for Prince’s brand, adding that it is ‘tasked with strategically curating global programs that embrace and honor Prince’s legacy, embody his invaluable influence on art and culture and provide exciting new connections for his millions and millions of fans’.
Ed Sheeran racks up 88m plays
Ed Sheeran has broken a number of global records on Spotify with the release of his singles Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill on Jan 6, both tracks broke Spotify’s record for First Day Streams, with 6,868,642 streams for ‘Shape Of You’ and 6,168,395 streams for ‘Castle On The Hill’. The previous ‘day one’ record holder was One Direction, who reached 4,759,698 streams with “Drag Me Down” in August 2015.
In addition, Shape Of You has broken Adele’s one day global record for a track. ‘Shape of You’ was streamed 7,940,950 times on Monday 9th Jan, beating Hello, which was streamed 7,890,040 times on October 28th 2015.
Shape Of You broke the record for the biggest first-week for a track, with 52,359,013 streams in its first seven days. That surpassed Adele’s Hello, which clocked up 46,908,870 streams in October 2015.
Shape Of You’s also delivered the biggest week in Spotify history for a single track – bigger even than the 48,149,958 plays recorded by Drake’s One Dance in May 2016.
Combined, ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’ had a combined first week total of more than 88m streams.
In the UK market, Sheeran’s duo of tracks landed at No.1 and No.2 on the Official Singles Chart having sold over 421,000 equivalent copies in the week.
David Guetta Rocks India!
After bringing the roof down with his rocking performance in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon, Grammy Award-winning DJ David Guetta rocked Delhi the very same evening! "It takes a price to party. It has been such a beautiful journey and I am grateful that Sunburn has finally made the impossible possible. A big thank you to my fans for their constant support as I could have never done all of this without you. Thank you so much India, I love you and I will return soon," said Guetta.
With home grown artistes Anish Sood, Nina Malika, Zaedan and Arsh setting the mood for Guetta's act in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi, Guetta's India tour ended at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi on a high note.
The hit maker played songs like ‘Hey Mama’, ‘Titanium’, ‘Sexy Bitch’, ‘Don’t Worry Child’ and ‘Without You’.
"We have created global history today by achieving something that we have never done in our 10 year history of the brand. We would like to thank the authorities, the artists, all our partners and most importantly the fans for their incredible love and dedicated support. We lived up to our commitment of delivering two shows on a single day and not upsetting our fans. 2017 will be the biggest year for Sunburn," said Sunburn CEO Karan Singh.
Get Ready for Mad Decent Block Party 2017
Major Lazer will be returning to India to headline Mad Decent Block Party in March 2017. The dance music super group will tour Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi from 3-5 March 2017 along with a host of other big acts like American DJ. More additions to the line-up are expected to be announced soon. Mad Decent Block Party first debuted in India in 2016 with shows in Mumbai and Bangalore. Mad Decent Block Party which originally started in Philadelphia way back in 2008 as a street party, has evolved into an international touring carnival that features some of the most exciting names from dance, rap, pop and even hip-hop music.
Organised and promoted by Oji in collaboration with Budweiser and co-sponsored by Channel V, Mad Decent Block Party will be in Mumbai (3 March), Hyderabad (4 March) and Delhi (5 March).
Sony Music acquires Ministry of Sound Recordings Ltd.
Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd has had over 20 UK Singles Chart No.1’s since the 90s, Ministry of Sound Recordings is behind the biggest, genre-defining hits of the last 20 years of dance music and home to a roster of platinum-selling and Brit Award-nominated artists Ministry Of Sound Group Ltd’s latest accounts revealed improved revenues for 2015, up 8% on the previous year but its gross profit margin fell to 45%, representing an estimated total gross profit of £12.2m and was bought by Sony Music UK last year.
The Ministry’s label’s respected A&R force was led by David Dollimore,is now RCA Label Group chief at Sony, and Dipesh Parmar, is MD of Sony’s Ministry of Sound label. Sony Music UK Entertainment posted revenues of £198m in the 12 months ended March 2016.
Anyone keeping an eye on Sony’s aggressive marketplace activity in the past two years will know, its recent spending spree hasn’t stopped there.
Zakir Hussain & Shankar Mahadevan to Perform together
2017 seems to have a lot in store for Indian music fans! Jan 2017 will see music composer and playback singer Shankar Mahadevan, team up with tabla maestro and Grammy winner Ustad Zakir Hussain to perform in Dubai. The event will be hosted at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, on Friday, 27th January.
Shankar Mahadevan will also team up with the Godfather of Indian Jazz, the virtuoso Louis Banks and American Jazz legend Dave Holland to merge Western Jazz and Indian Classical in a true world music style.
And wait, there’s more, Sanjay Divecha, who was the music collaborator with A.R. Rahman on Danny Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’ will also be performing on the guitar with Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain, accompanied by Gino Banks.
Ranthambore Festival Update.. Jan 27th-29th 2017
The three-day cultural fiesta, Ranthambore Festival at the majestic Nahargarh Palace will focus on the need to conserve India’s wildlife and promote India’s dying musical forms through live performances, open-air film screenings, interactive talks and participatory workshops from 27th to 29th January 2017.
Performing at the festival will be world-renowned artists like Mallika Sarabhai and Ustad Ma Zila Khan, who will be presenting a special collaborative act with Rajeev Raja and Fabrizio Cassol. Other acts will feature Maati Baani, Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe and UK-based piano maestro Karl Lutchmayer. Also, Rajasthani indigenous folk musicians such as Ustad Gafoor Khan, Ustad Hakim Khan, Nagga Khan, Kailash Dan and other musicians. Also do look out for the Rajasthan Police band in a Sufi avatar, who are just back from a triumphant performance at the South Asian Sufi Festival.
Commenting on the festival’s vision and cause, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje said, “The Ranthambore Festival champions the causes of indigenous music and nature preservation. With time, I see the festival becoming an exciting platform and a key forum for nature and music lovers to engage with each other.”
Mika Singh & Raj Nayak "tweet" Friends Again!
Back in 2016, Mika Singh and Colors CEO Raj Nayak had gone their separate ways after Singh had visited 'The Kapil Sharma Show' on Sony Entertainment Channel to promote one of his upcoming projects. This did not go well with Colors and there was a fall out between Mika and the channel. Also, it was rumoured that Singh was not too happy with Nayak as he had not stood by him in spite of being a good friend.
But it looks like 2017 has brought a positive twist this negative story. And what is it that has brought positivity into this negative tale? The answer is the singer's upcoming film production 'Sardar Saab'.
Some days ago Singh had tweeted about 'Sardar Saab' and Nayak had wished him luck with it. The singer reciprocated to the tweet by sending a tweet thanking Nayak.
If you’r wondering what we mean by “Bloody Hell, then let me enlighten you that we are talking about the hot song from the movie “Rangoon”. Everything about this song just seems to work in its favour. Right from the rocking music by Vishal Bhardwaj and the lyrics by Gulzar, to the sultry voice of the ever popular Sunidhi Chauhan, which is complimented by the sizzling on screen appearance of Kangana Ranaut. The lyrics by Gulzar, are incidentally a mix of Hindi and English words, and are so appealing that one just wants to play the song again, just to listen to the unusual lyrics.
“Bloody Hell” we are sure is going to be a big hit!
LGMF's tribute to Lord Yehudi Menuhin
Recognized worldwide for bringing the best of international musical talents under one roof, showcasing music from every genre – Indian classical to jazz, the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (LGMF) will kicked off its 25th edition. The concerts will be dedicated to the birth centenary of Lord Yehudi Menuhin, the most prolific violinist of the 20th century.
Founded by violin legend Dr. L. Subramaniam and Viji Subramaniam, the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (LGMF) was launched by Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi in 1992. Since its inception, LGMF has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry including Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Bismillah Khan, Gangubai Hangal, Pandit Jasraj, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Al-Jarreau, Steven Seagal and Symphony Orchestras.
LGMF is the only music festival that has been able to showcase talent from around the world and provide a platform for myriad styles of music; it has presented Indian Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani), Jazz, Rock, Western Classical, Orchestral, Indian Folk, Ghazals, Hindi Film music, and different Classical and Folk styles from five different continents. This year’s edition will begin with an evening of global fusion music, with a lineup of acclaimed international artists with Dr. L. Subramaniam: Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, Vadim Repin (France), Svetlana Smolina (USA), Audun Sandvik (Norway).
The Trio Benares Live
The confluence of Jazz and Indian classical music is a natural one, and has been so for many decades with the push and pull of improvisation, as well as the exciting rhythmic language they share. Founded in 2014, the Trio Benares continues on this path of tradition, comprising three musicians spanning two different music styles. They won the “Best German Critic Award” in 2016 for their composition “Assi Ghat”.
As part of a seventh generation musical family, sitar player Deobrat Mishra has reached a prominent place amongst his peers. In collaboration with his nephew Prashant Mishra, a rising star among Indian tabla players, he forms a perfect unit. Roger Hanschel, surely one of the most extravagant, multifaceted saxophone players and composers of contemporary jazz, communes with the sensual and brilliant sound of Deobrat Mishra‘s sitar. In turn, Hanschel‘s rhythmic finesse finds its equivalent in the virtuosic tabla playing of Prashant Mishra. While steeped in tradition, Trio Benares brings a freshness to both musical styles.
David Guetta's Bengaluru Concert Cancelled
David Guetta's highly awaited concert in Bengaluru, to be held on Thursday, 12th January 2017 has been cancelled citing safety concerns. The concert cancellation is being seen as the fallout of the Bengaluru mass molestation incident that occurred on New Year's Eve, with the authorities stating that they cannot guarantee the safety of such a large number of attendees. Apart from the Bengaluru show, Sunburn Arena will host Guetta in Mumbai on the 13 January, Hyderabad on the 14th and New Delhi on the 15th as a standalone 2017 Tour.
Badshah Baap Ban Gaya!
The New Year 2017 seems to have started off with a bang for Bollywood Rapper Badshah and his wife Jessica, when the stork visited their house and delivered a beautiful baby girl. Badshah and his wife Jessica are simply thrilled with the new addition to their family. Fellow Rapper and close friend of Badshah, Raftaar who is very excited to be a 'Chacha' & shared a photo of Badshah’s daughter, captioned it, “Beti hui hai Congratulations @badboyshah Bhai and @thejessymessy bhabi. Chacha Bann gaya oyeeee. Rabba Meher Karin.”
Badshah who has been ruling the Punjabi industry, is best known for his Bollywood hits like ‘Kala Chhashma’ and ‘The Humma Song’.
A.R. Rahman goes Unplugged
Premiering on MTV on 14th January 2017 at 8 pm, A.R. Rahman will be seen kickstarting Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged Season 6. He will be seen going unplugged and performing six of his compositions on MTV Unplugged Season 6. Apart from his iconic hits, 'Raanjha Raanjha', 'Urvashi Urvashi', 'Aise Na Dekho', 'Mann Chand Re', & 'Tu Hai', Rahman will be performing Arijit Singh’s latest number, ‘Enna Sona’ from the upcoming movie 'OK Jaanu'
When questioned about performing the acoustic version of ‘Enna Sona’ for MTV Unplugged Season 6, Rahman said, “I wanted to sing a song about beauty. Seemed like a perfect spot to do that even though we already have a nice version sung by Arijit for the movie.”
Fm Radio asked to Broadcast PSA's
All FM Radio channels are now expected to broadcast Public Service Announcements as requested by the Central Government/concerned State Government at suitable/proportional time slots for a maximum of one hour per day interspersed between programmes. The official note also said the Justice Usha Mehra Commission has recommended that there should be programmes on TV and Radio to convey the message that women need to be treated with respect and equality.
The Ministry has also created two jingles of 60 seconds and 57 seconds duration on positive portrayal of women on Media, which have been sent to broadcasters.
All the Private FM Radio Broadcasters are advised to broadcast the jingles at least twice a day during peak hours, in terms of clause 11.2 of the GOPA. The Ministry also requested FM broadcasters to examine feasibility of broadcasting jingles on positive portrayal of women as the subject matter is of a National cause.
Shekhar Ravjiani Wants to Act again
Singer composer Shekhar Ravjiani whose extended cameo in the Sonam Kapoor starrer Nerja, was well appreciated by all, says he is totally open to doing a full fledged film role. “For me content matters, not screen time. Also the script should be strong” he said. Shekhar is presently a judge on the singing reality show “Dil Hai Hindustani” and is all set to reunite with composer- partner Vishal Dadlani for Student of the Year 2 this year.
The duo is also set to collaborate with British pop rock band, The Vamps in the first half of 2017.
Justin Bieber to perform in India in 2017?
An informed source tells us that all Justin Bieber fans have good reason to rejoice – because it is rumoured that the singer will perform in India, and that too in our very own Mumbai in the year 2017! If the reports are to be believed, then the Canadian born 'Love Yourself' singer will be in Mumbai City around May for his performance. His visit to India will be a part of his Purpose Tour in Asia.
According to recent reports, the singer is slated to perform at DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai. The other Asian cities that the singer is due to perform at are Tel Aviv in Israel and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A Soul for Live Music passes away
Drummer/Percussionist Benny Soans had been around for over three decades called himself a "hard core musician with a soul for live music" playing various gigs. He has performed with several bands in different genres, his heart belonged to Jazz which he avidly listened to and performed but his all favorite band was The Beatles which he would listen to forever without ever tiring of them. Their lyrical compositions and musical simplicity was his inspiration and joy ".He passed away recently, was so popular with all musicians that one of his musician friends Ernest Flanagan wrote a nice tribute to him.
Benini Asher Soans
'Benny' Soans as he as fondly known
Was a musician all his life
His two daughters now sadly mourn
Along with his loving wife
Our music circle is devastated
The band ill never be the same
They were proficient and highly rated
Toghether they climbed to fame
From the Beatles to Jazz and the Blues
The rhythm just flowed from his sticks
He played music of all different hues
He knew all the drummers tricks
Lygia, Jacqueline, Suzanne knows
They must face this sorrowful test
As we gaze upon Benny in repose
Emmanuel says granddad was the best
One more of our great musicians leave
To join God's Heavenly band
As our musical fraternity sadly grieve
And offer a shoulder or hand
- Ernest Flanagan
Kaabil's 'Mon Amour'
At the launch of the song ‘Mon Amour’ from the forthcoming Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Kaabil’, the highlight was the performance of the visually impaired band of musicians called UDAAN lead by Keval Haria and Meena Bedsa, which got Hrithik and Yami got up on stage and started singing and dancing. Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan was taken by the phenomenal response that the music and trailer has received and “Mon Amour” is likely to be a big hit. Also present at the event was Director Sanjay Gupta, Rajesh Roshan Music Director, Rohit Roy, Bhushan Kumar of T-series and many more along with cast & crew of Kaabil.
Street named after Bimal Roy
On January 8th on the occasion of the 51st death anniversary of legendary filmmaker Bimal Roy, the man behind classics like Do Bigha Zamin, Parineeta, Sujata, and Bandini, has a road in Bandra, Mumbai named after him - Bimal Roy Path. It was inaugurated Priya Dutt along with MLA Baba Siddiqui and Councillor Asif Zakaria. The signboard has been designed by John Abraham's brother, Alan. Bimal Roy lived on Mount Mary Road from the time he started his first production, Do Bigha Zamin. The family had been trying to get the road named after Bimal Roy when Sunil Dutt was MP, which has now finally now been achieved.
Court upholds Gulzarsaab plea
On Gulzarsaab’s ongoing battle with the Builder and the Housing society members adjoining his bungalow Boskyana, the year began on a victorious note for him with the sessions court judge upholding summons by a magistrate on a plea filed by him. The judge dismissed the petition file by the management of Pali Hill Panchasheel cooperative housing society that sought to quash a May 2014 order of a Bandra metropolitan magistrate, who had issued summons against them. Gulzar had moved the Bombay HC with a civil suit in 2013 for sub-division of a large plot in Bandra, as promised by his builder in 1975, to get exclusive rights over his individual bungalow plot in Bandra, and as was done for the other bungalow owner on the plot in 2012. There are two bungalows, including Gulzar’s and one building on the larger plot. The society claimed to be absolute owner of the property, and as a society member, Gulzar could not claim sub-division. Gulzarsaab has asked for a thorough police investigation to unearth the fraud.
India time for Swedish DJ Axwell
Axwell will be in India for the Maruti Ignis launch and the brand has used the track , "something new " which will be used by the brand in their Indian campaign.
Ahead of his scheduled India visit, Axwell says, “I have performed in India and the crowds, the energy and the emotions here are all brilliant. Bottomline Media is doing exciting work in the entertainment world and I am looking forward to working with them and exploring artistic collaborations in the country.”
Entertainment consulting company Bottomline Media has tied up with U.K.’s Virgin EMI Records for Artist Collaborations & Brand Partnerships and will now be bringing Swedish maestro, Axel Hedfors, more popularly known Axwell to India on 11th January,2017. The company was recently in the news for bringing popular British Band, “The Vamps” to India. The partnership had the band collaborate with Bollywood superstars, Vishal-Shekhar and Farah Khan, on a song and music video, as well as made news performing at the mega Global Citizen’s Concert. Through Bottomline Media, Axwell will be meeting with industry bigwigs to explore potential collaborations with the Indian Entertainment Industry.
Axwell is well known for his teaming up with Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello in late 2008 to kickstart a revolution in the EDM world with the founding of their DJ collective; the Swedish House Mafia (SHM). Churning out massive hits over the years such as "Don't You Worry Child", "Save the World", "Miami 2 Ibiza” and "Leave the World Behind"; SHM soon garnered a major global fan following being the largest ticket selling electronic band of all time. Axwell has continued to produce chartbusting tracks and along with Ingrosso. Recently they returned to India to headlined Sunburn festival in India.
Tanaaz Bhatia, Managing Director, Bottomline Media said, “Axwell is the biggest EDM artist, and we will be identifying new collaborations for him in India. Given his lineage and body of work with his revolutionary success as a member of Swedish House Mafia, we are all set to introduce him to our own Industry, that is always looking for fresh sound.”
Axwell , the 4 time Grammy Award Nominee continues to light up many a leading music festival and continues to entertain an enormous legion of admirers of his work. Its India time for him now!
Goan Musical Fiesta
Commemorating its 55th year of existence in Mumbai, the Goan Outreach Association of Mumbai is organizing a Mega Event ‘Musical Fiesta Nite 2017’ on Saturday 14th January 2017 at Dublin Square, Phoenix Market City, Kurla from 5.30 pm onwards. The title sponsor for the show is Viva Goa-Kadamba, K Raheja Corp and Co-sponsored by Expat Properties.
The theme of this Musical Nite is to take you back in time and bring back the Golden Era and introduce you to New-Age Goan Hip Hop Melodies performed by top Goan artistes of international fame, along with the heart throbs of the Goan music industry. Also as customary, G.O.A. is launching two new voices.
According to Sebastian A Sequeira, President of Goan Outreach Associations, ‘It’s indeed a pleasure for us to be hosting such a mega musical event right here in Mumbai for all lovers of Konkani music.The musical nite promises to bring to you the music of Goa, which essentially is the soul of Goa”
Goa’s very own Nightingale Lorna, the unforgettable Diva of Konkani Music,will be performing with other popular Goan International Stars like Allan Vaz and heart throb pop singer Oluv Rodrigues along with Shunaina Baptista and Ancy Gonsalves. International renowned dance choreographer Tobby Fernandes and his troupe will be performing amazing dances at this musical fiesta.
In its 55 glorious years, the Goan Outreach Association was established for the purpose of spreading and preserving the rich GOAN culture among the members and non-members in Mumbai. The Association has now grown many folds on the foundation laid by its fore-fathers, and it now boasts of a strong membership base of over 2000 members which has now been extended to many Non-Goans too.
The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of high octane music for all lovers of Goan music that will be cherished by one and all for a long time to come. Goan or not, you are invited to an evening of nostalgia and reverie by the Goan Outreach Association to bring the beauty of Goa to Mumbai.
Donor passes are available at the following places across Mumbai.
Kurla: PETER – 9867903934
Vakola: ALLAN - 9820122474
Andheri : MICHELLE - 9594876950
Borivili: SABY - 9892006128
Marine Lines : ALICIA - 9892613105
Mulund : FILLIPE - 9819451113
Thane : 9833714050 – LISA
DONOR PASSES will NOT be available at the venue on the day of the event.
Hema Sardesai on War Museum Contest Jury
Celebrated singer Hema Sardesai has been selected as one among the three prominent Indians to be on the Jury (Non-Technical) of the Indian National War Museum global Architectural Contest. The two other Jury members include writer, social worker and Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, Mrs Sudha Murthy and noted actor-director, Amol Palekar.
“THIS announcement is one of the most cherished honours bestowed on me in my lifetime!”, said an ecstatic Hema on hearing about being selected to the jury panel. Since then, “I’ve had the incredible honour and privilege of meeting the new CHIEF OF ARMY designate, LT GEN BIPIN RAWAT and other top ranking officers including, LT GEN RAKESH SHARMA, LT GEN ANIL CHAUHAN, AIR MARSHAL AJIT BHONSLE, NAVY ADMIRAL KISHEN PANDEY among others”, she gushed.
In the last two months the Jury had two meetings and despite arguments during the discussions and tense situations the judging moved forward. “This was a project of national importance and I felt a great responsibility as I sat there with internationally acclaimed architect, Shri Christopher Benninger, Madam Sudha Murty, Shri Amol Palekar and the other eminent jury members. After the deliberations I was humbled by the warmth shown to me by our brave Officers and to hear the appreciative words that each one of them had to say to me for my contributions”, said Hema.
Hopefully the Indian National War Museum and the National War Memorial in the vicinity of India Gate will soon be a reality. Jai Hind! Inshallah!..Praise the Lord!..Jai Sri Krishna!..Jai Gurudev!
Rapper Raftaar Releases 'Aurat'
Bengaluru's night of horror left the nation shocked. But it’s time for each one of us to stand up & fight. After this incident rapper Raftaar uploaded a rap titled 'Aurat'. “I have been conveying my message to society since more than two years now and after the Bengaluru incident I found it to be the best time to target a global audience via YouTube,” said Raftaar expressing his views on the incident. ‘Aurat’, is a memo to society on how intentionally or unintentionally they discriminate between a girl and a boy, in everyday life. It explains that ‘short’ is in our mindset and not a girl’s attire. “During college fests, girls and boys are asked to stand separately with huge barriers in between them. The difference is created there itself.”
The rapper has released the song on YouTube, but he is still wondering if he should create a new video around it. He says he is disappointed with the viewership on YouTube. “The rap has got a viewership of lakh’s only, if it was a party anthem the viewership would have reached a million. Here is the need of changing people’s ideology.”
DJ Zaeden has a Big Surprise in Store for his Fans
DJ Zaeden, aka Sahil Sharma, the Delhi based 21-year old music producer who is best known for his tracks ‘Never Let You Go’ and ‘Yesterday’, is collaborating with award winning American pop rock band, Maroon 5 for the official remix of 'Don’t Wanna Know' featuring vocals by Kendrick Lamar.
He will be the first Indian producer to be signed by the world’s leading dance music label, Spinnin Records. “2017 will be an exciting year for me. I’m a huge fan of Adam Levine since my school days so this is a big coup for me. I will be releasing my new single ‘City Of The Lonely Hearts’ on Spinnin Records on 13th January. I am also looking to collaborate with a few mainstream artists this year apart from performing at the top International festivals and launching my own merchandise brand.” Said Zaeden.
We Are Odd
“We Are Odd” is the name of the joint effort co produced by Arjun Vagale, one of the country’s leading electronic music exports and his friend, Spanish DJ and producer Ramiro Lopez. This is their first collaborative effort. According to Arjun, it is the force as well as their aim to create something new and unusual. ‘We Are Odd’ includes two tracks 'Odd Ball' and 'Even Flow'. Both these tracks contain left-of-centre dance-floor techno tunes and will be released on 20th January 2017 on Odd Recordings.
Odd Recordings is a futuristic new Indo-Spanish cross-pollinated record label with an emphasis on the raw side of techno. It is run by Arjun Vagale and Ramiro Lopez.
Dewarists Season 5
The much awaited track for “The Dewarists’ Season 5 is finally out on YouTube. The song is composed by Amit Trivedi and Chennai-based Indian percussionist V Selvaganes. It is sung by Trivedi and was penned by Manoj Yadav. “The Dewarists” is a musical television series which airs on MTV India. The series is part music documentary and part travelogue. The show brings together musicians from various parts of the world, who then collaborate to create original music while travelling across India. The song is dedicated to those who love to be in love and flit from one to another, like birds. The song ‘Panchiyaa’ is intended for the final episode of 'The Dewarists” Season 5'. The song has been shot in scenic Sri Lanka.
Badshah's The Break Up Song
Rapper Badshah who has been successfully churning out Bollywood hits in 2016 seems to have started off 2017 with a bang! His songs ‘Kar Gai Chull’, ‘Kala Chashma’ and ‘DJ Wale Babu’ crossed 100 million plus views in 2016. And now in 29017 his new song, ‘The Breakup Song’ from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ has crosed more than a 100 million views on Youtube! 'The Breakup Song' has almost overnight become an instant hit amongst the youth. Expressing his happiness Badshah posted a snapshot of the song on his Instagram with this caption - 'Happy to be a part of it’.
SoundCloud on Rocky Ground
According to the recent filing of the company’s financial report, despite significant revenue growth for 2015, SoundCloud’s losses have been mounting. The company reported an increase in revenue of 21.6% ($22m) for 2015, but net losses have risen sharply to 30.9% ($52m) and unless their subscription streaming service, SoundCloud Go, launched in March 2016 takes off, they may run out of funding.
SoundCloud has claimed to have 175 million unique listeners per month as of December 2014 and 40 million registered users (July 2013). Also about 12 hours worth of audio was being uploaded every minute by users. Though the company did not have a paid subscription service it had been negotiating with the three major music companies, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music for a licensing agreement with the intention of launching a paid service. This was completed early last year in January and SoundCloud Go was launched in March. Incidentally all three music majors have a stake in SoundCloud.
SoundCloud was founded by Swedish sound designer Alexander Ljung and Swedish artist Eric Wahlforss in Stockholm, in 2007 and headquartered in Berlin, Germany. It was initially conceptualized as a platform for musicians to share their music among themselves but soon morphed into a full fledged publishing and distribution platform. Over the years its user base has grown exponentially but revenues haven’t grown at the same pace. The bottom line is a successful monetizing model and that is what it hopes SoundCloud Go will be.
Baba Raps for Chapati
After rapping the praises of chicken fried rice, aloo paraatha and rajma chawal, the prolific rapper is back with his latest, ‘Chapati Round Banana’. In his inimitable wacky style, with irreverent nonsensical lyrics, Baba reminds women to make the chapatis round. Notwithstanding that chapatis are typically made round shaped, this is just tradition and there are no rules. Triangular shape is quite common but you could always make a heart shaped chapatti for Valentine’s Day or a square one just for heck. Then again with Timberlake and Rihana coming for lunch Baba thought he’d better stick to tradition. Enjoy!
'Take it Easy, Urvasi' reloaded
Music director AR Rahman put out a status on social media, seeking contributions from his fans and followers to rearrange lyrics of his cult-hit song 'Take it easy, Urvasi' for a performance. A.R. Rahman says "Dear friends, I'm trying to rearrange 'Take it Easy Urvasi' for a performance and wish to update the Charanams. Feel free to contribute.. Ofcourse please do leave out and avoid any reference to Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump or the currency situation for now and try to come up with something interesting & humorous in the same scaling of the original Tamil version.."
This song became a huge hit in the 90s, featured in Tamil film 'Kaadhalan' and Hindi film 'Humse Hai Muqabla'.
Sitar maestro Ustad Abdul Halim passed away
Sitar maestro Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Bandra residence in Mumbai on Wednesday. Khan was born in Madhya Pradesh in 1927. The world of classical music mourned the loss of the colossus who was in the league of sitarists. Khan is perhaps best known for his innovation, Jafferkhani Baaj. He describes it as, "a synthesis of precision in technique, systematic thought" with a vigorous playing style. Khan has been credited with bringing Carnatic ragas Kirwani, Kanakangi, Latangi, Kirwani, Karaharapriya, Manavati, Ganamurti, and others into the sitar repertoire, rendering them through a Hindustani sensibility and in the Jafferkhani style. He was the first Hindustani musician to collaborate with Carnatic music in a performance with renowned Veena player Emani Sankara Sastry.
Khan has had a valuable involvement with Indian cinema. Music Director Khwaja Khurshid Anwar introduced him to the Hindi film industry in 1946 at the age of 17 when he played sitar in the songs of film Parwana (1947 film). He has also composed and played for epic films like Mughal-e-Azam, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1971), Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959), Kohinoor (1960) and has collaborated with noted music directors such as Vasant Desai, C. Ramachandra, Madan Mohan and Naushad who has said, "he not only enriched film music, but his participation lent prestige to my songs." Khan received the national awards Padma Shri (1970) and Padma Bhushan (2006) and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1987.
"Yo Yo.. Please Come Back My Brother" - Mika Singh
Yo Yo Honey Singh of 'Chaar Botal Vodka', 'Yaar Naa Miley' and 'Lungi Dance' fame had disappeared from the Hindi music scene for a while now. His 2015 song 'Aankhon Aankhon' from 'Bhaag Johnny' was his last Bollywood track. However, in 2016, we saw the singer star in Punjabi film 'Zorawar' and his two singles titled, 'Rise n Shine' and 'Twerk Twerk', but he continued to stay away from Bollywood .
His fans have for a long time been clamouring for the singer to return to Bollywood, but now a playback singer from the industry has also come forward to request Yo Yo Honey Singh to make a return.
Mika Singh has now expressed his desire to see Honey back in Bollywood. Mika took to twitter to tweet this message - "Yo Yo pls come back my brother... your big bro Mika and the whole lot of hardcore fans are waiting for you... nobody can ever take your place"
Yo Yo and Mika last worked together on a single titled 'Mast Kalander' back in 2014.
Promoting Music Education In BMC Schools
Singer-BMC schools are rejoicing. Because music composer Shankar Mahadevan has joined up with Aditya Thackeray, chief of Shiv Sena's youth wing Yuva Sena, to promote music education to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools. Mahadevan tweeted: "Extremely happy that my academy @ShankarMAcademy will teach music to the BMC schools!! A dream come true! @AUThackeray"
Under the new initiative music teachers from Mahadevan's academy will meet students and teachers of BMC schools to train them on the subject. Aditya Thackeray too tweeted about the learning process. "@Shankar_Live ji will be working with BMC teachers and students to encourage music further and enhance learning regular stuff through music." Aditya further added that the regular music classes in these schools with begin from this academic year, ie Jun 2017.
Should Bollywood Actors Also Sing?
Today Bollywood celebrities like Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khuranna and others are lending their voice to songs in their films. But playback singer Neha Bhasin believes not all are able to do justice to it. “I don’t want to disrespect anyone. I have watched ‘La La Land’… it’s a beautiful, magical film and I think Ryan Gosling sang like an angel and Emma Stone sounded like a goddess,” Neha told PTI when asked about her take whether actors should sing in films.
“My point is if as an actor you can train yourself to sound better than a singer, then you must sing. But if you can’t do that, then you must not sing,” she said. The “Jag Ghoomeya” singer sincerely believes singing is a sacred art. “Why not rather give work to singers who want work. When you see pure art like “La La Land” you wonder why Bollywood has to stoop to such kind of tactics and try to snatch everybody’s work and make fun of it,” she added.
The Voice 2
As per the rules of 'The Voice' show format, each coach gets to select only 12 contestants, which brings the total to 48. However in The Voice 2 there will be 49 contestants! According to a reliable source, things took an interesting turn 2, when coaches Neeti Mohan, Shaan, Salim Merchant and Benny Dayal made an exception for one last contestant, which broke the rules and took the final no of contestants from 48 to 49.
"This particular contestant was so good that the coaches just couldn't have let go of him.” And that’s not all, another voice forced coaches Benny Dayal and Salim Merchant to turn their chairs in spite of their teams being packed.
"The coaches turned their chairs for Niyam Kanungo, a contestant whose voice mesmerized us all. In fact, Salim and Benny walked up to the stage to watch his performance," said the source.
Sexy Bollywood Item Songs to Be Re Written
A women’s rights organisation has requested movie-mad Indians to rewrite sexist Bollywood songs, in their the latest attempt to draw attention to gender stereotyping and misogyny portrayed by the country’s influential film industry. Akshara Centre’s ‘Gaana (Song) Rewrite’ competition, invite’s people to change the lyrics to any Bollywood film song they find sexist. The group said it may then engage with the film industry to push for change.
“In our gender awareness work, one of the issues that’s been raised repeatedly by young women is being harassed by men singing inappropriate Bollywood songs,” said Snehal Velkar, a coordinator at Akshara Centre in Mumbai.
“Bollywood songs are great to sing and dance to, but when you pay attention, you realise that many of them objectify and demean women. This leads to normalising sexual harassment and violence against women,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“Many movies also have so-called item numbers or songs, which often have little to do with the subject of the film, and typically feature skimpily clad women. We want to send a message to the industry that we can have popular music without it being sexist or humiliating to women,” Velkar said.
Yesudas Caught in another Controversy
Singer KJ Yesudas has found himself in the midst of another controversy after his comments in an interview with a Malayalam weekly was published. "Before the '80s, no girl would ask to click a photograph. That was modest and demure. This is not about finding faults. Even when someone introduced the women as someone's daughter or wife, they maintained a distance. With the advent of selfies, people now want to click with all the touching, coming so close. I warned both boys and girls that this cannot happen. I have no problem with someone wanting to take a photograph with me. But it is a NO for selfies with touching of bodies."
Yesudas' comments first appeared in the Malayalam weekly Kalakaumudi, But were later republished in the Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi in its column Kettadum Kelkkendathum - a weekly column that features statements and comments of various celebrities.
Earlier to this, the singer was amidst controversies for the infamous 'jeans' comment. Yesudas said, "When women wear jeans people are tempted to pay attention to what is beyond it thus forcing them to do undesirable things."
Rapper Raftaar Rocks
Rapper Raftaar is literally running up the ladder of success! Raftaar (real name Dilin Nair) is better known by his stage name Raftaar, stylised Raftaa?. He was formerly a member of the urban music group Mafia Mundeer, formed by Yo Yo Honey Singh.
Recently Raftaar recorded for an International movie called “Passengers” and is now currently working for an upcoming Bollywood film called “Bhaiyyaji Superhit”
And what’s more, Raftar has not only lent his vocals for the upcoming movie, but also features in a song alongside the film’s stars Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta. The movie has been directed by Neeraj Pathak and is expected to be released in 2017.
Raftaar seems pretty excited about his current work as he has been splashing it all over his Twitter and Instagram pages.
Kapil Sharma a Fan of Indian Idol
Recently comedian Kapil Sharma took to Twitter to express his liking for the current 'Indian Idol Season 9' and especially for its panel of judges Farah Khan, Anu Malik and Sonu Nigam. Kapil’s tweet read: “Watching audition episode ... what a combination @TheFarahKhan @TheAnuMalik @sonunigam in love with #indianidol talent + entertainment”
Sonu Nigam read the tweet and went on to thank the comedian for the same. Sonu tweeted in reply; “Thank you so much dear @KapilSharmaK9 ... coming from a talent like yourself, it means a lot”
Kapil Sharma is best known as a comedian, but he is also a singer and is often seen showcasing his singing talent on his comedy show - The Kapil Sharma Show.
RJ Pritam to host 'Big Memsaab'
RJs have always been exploring TV as a medium. But not many have succeeded. One RJ who has made a name for himself on Radio as well as TV is Pritam Singh, better known as RJ Pritam. Pritam has hosted award shows like GiMA, IIFA and Zee Rishtey Awards amongst others, but now he is all set to host an entire show on Big Magic, called 'Big Memsaab'.
“Big Memsaab” will be back in the new year and while Sambhavna Seth and Karishma Tanna will judge it, Pritam will be seen as a host.
Confirming the same, Pritam said, "My show on Radio - 93.5 Red FM was limited to flirting with women. I couldn't showcase the other aspects of my personality, but I am a solemn person, in reality, something that the viewers got to see during my stay at 'Bigg Boss'. This show is an opportunity for me to showcase that side of me."
Pritam who is also currently shooting for Puneet Issar's upcoming film 'He Man' says hosting is a tough job, but he is sure he will make a good job of it.
Mame Khan recreates 'Sanu Ik Pal'
Rajasthani folk singer-composer Mame Khan has recreated Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's 'Sanu Ik Pal' with a Rajasthani and Punjabi folk blend. Confirming the same the singer says, 'Sanu Ik Pal' is a tribute to two musical maestros who have inspired me and shaped my musical journey in multiple ways. Since childhood, I have been inspired by the music of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. 'Sanu Ik Pal' was one of the first songs that I listened to in my childhood days and till date I have the old tape of the song as a special memory. The second musical influence is my father Ustad Rana Khan, who was not only my father but also my musical teacher and mentor."
The charismatic folk singer says that his recreation of the song is very different from the original. He has also rewritten a few of the original lines in Marwadi. "I just hope that people like and enjoy the tracks. Khan has used live instruments like Sarangi, drums, guitar, harmonium and others to bring the original folk feel to the track. Khan is also working on his second untitled album that will be a mix of folk and Sufi music.
Kailash Kher's B'Day Gift to Son Kabir
Singer-composer Kailash Kher celebrated his son, and his wife Sheetal, gifted their son Kabir, a tree house on his seventh birthday. Kailash said, “Last year, he was with me when we were doing a tour in the US. There in Florida, he saw a lot of tree houses and he was quite impressed with them. He started telling me that they look “so cool’.”
The tree house was the obvious choice for the gift and Kailash adds the gift will also help Kabir realise that he is responsible for taking care of nature. “That’s what I gifted him, and told him that it comes along with lots of zimmedari. Tree gives us life and living, so we should be committed to saving and protecting them.”
Kailash says, Kabir couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the gift. “I was a little bit busy with recording, so I couldn’t be with him when he first saw the tree house. But, he called me and said, ‘It’s beautiful papa. I love it.”
Gino Banks Debut album to release in Feb 2017
December 2017 seems to have brought a lot of Christmas cheers to the Louis Banks family. A week after collaborating with his father Louis Banks for fusion album “Diya”, Gino Banks has now released the first music video “Shinobi” from his upcoming debut solo album called “Logically Speaking”, which he proposes to release in February 2017. “Shinobi” Gino Banks tells us means Ninja, and the song is similar to the characteristics of a Ninja. Calm and composed but it can also escalate into aggression and force.
Most people are aware of Gino’s contributions to music through ‘drums’, but ‘Logically Speaking’ will reveal hidden qualities of Banks as a composer and an all-round musician.
“I guess, the first composition from the album was written in 2005. I have been working on this album since then. In fact, Shinobi is the latest track I have composed. I had studied piano as a kid. This album acts as a good documentation of my music”. It’s a drummers album, but the drums were only recorded at the end, for every track.”
Armaan Malik crosses 100K Subscribers on YouTube
Armaan Malik, 21 year old Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner and R D Burman Award winner at Filmfare, on 22nd December 2016 received the Silver Play Button for crossing 100K+ subscribers on YouTube. When asked how he felt on reaching 100K+ subscribers Armaan said, “I only had 600 subscribers when I started, seeing 100K+ feels GR8!”
When asked whether numbers really mattered to him, he replied that he felt numbers are significant in today’s day and age, but that he personally prefers to give more importance to quality not quantity. “I00K is a well earned number, but I know for a fact that there are many other artistes who may have more subs than me at this very moment. But I am focused on creating an active fan base on social media who would be immediately engaged with my videos and songs. Now I’m looking forward to make the YouTube game even bigger in the future”
Talking about Honey Singh’s hit “Dheere Dheere” Armaan says he always loved it. “The song had a cool vibe to it. I like contrasts which is why I came up with this bootleg mix”. Armaan says that he will be posting more covers on YouTtube for now, but will soon be posting originals.
No Sunburn, Now Its "Sunsplash" at Goa!
Now that Sunburn has been shifted to Pune, Sunsplash, an International reggae festival has announced the line-up for its second edition, which will be held on Anjuna, North Goa in January 14-15 2017. The festival is to be headlined by some heavyweights in the global reggae scene including UK dub producer Zion Train, digital reggae specialist Manudigital from France, veteran British MC Brother Culture and the reggae/ dancehall singer Cali P, direct from Jamaica.
Zorawar Shukla, who is the co-founder of New Delhi based group, Reggae Rajahs and a co-founder of Goa Sunsplash said, “Reggae as a genre encompasses many different sounds and this year’s line-up features dub, roots reggae, dancehall, ska and even a little bit of electronic bass music. There are singers, DJ’s and musicians from all around the world – Reunion Island to Bulgaria to Dubai, our line-up this year is truly global”.
“Though relatively small in India, the reggae scene is gaining momentum with a steady rise in local acts. This year, apart from Indian reggae stalwarts like Reggae Rajahs and Delhi Sultanate, we are proud to showcase some of India’s youngest reggae talent like Dew Drops from Shillong, Kavin from Chennai, Riddim Funktion from Pune and Syncroshakti from Bangalore,” aded Shukla.
Goa Sunsplash will have three different music areas, live art spaces, food stands from some of Goa's best eateries and also some carefully selected stalls selling arts and crafts.
Big Bro Ayushmann to the rescue
Ayushmann Khurrana has always managed to maintain a squeaky-clean image. But his younger brother Aparshakti, who is waiting to spread his wings, has already started to throw starry tantrums. Some time ago, Aparshakti who was to take a flight out of Mumbai, got into a scuffle with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) when they requested him not to enter a restricted area in the airport. He was hassled because he had lost his baggage and began a heated argument with them, which ended with a fist fight with a CISF guard. "He dashed into the restricted area but a few passengers caught him and he was arrested immediately by the Sahar Airport Police," reveals an eye-witness on the scene.
Confirming the same, Baburao Mukhedkar, senior police inspector, Sahar police station, informed Mirror. "Aparshakti was sent into 24-hour remand for assaulting and threatening people in uniform."
Ayushmann rushed to Aparshakti's rescue, apologising profusely for his brother's misbehaviour. But the cops made the actor-musician wait at the station for 30 hours before Ayushmann could post bail.
The Chandigarh born actor-musician is a popular radio and television jockey in Delhi, and had also captained the under-19 Haryana cricket team.
Bollywood Tweets on George Michael
Christmas 2016 turned out to be a sad day for all George Michael fans when they heard that he was no more.
Interestingly, he also seemed to have a lot of a fans in Bollywood too, who took to their Twitter handles to share their condolences on the huge loss to the Global Music platform.
Following are a few of these tweets:
“RIP George Michael… Your music will stay with us forever…” A.R Rahman.
“RIP George Michael, may you sing in heaven,” Shruti Haasan.
“Waking up with lesser faith today. Leaving behind a legacy and a world lesser talented.. #RIPGeorgeMichael #GoneTooSoon #TimelessLegend,” Nimrat Kaur.
“Ur Music will impact d World only when ur Melody becomes ‘one’ with d emotions of your Soul…#Music #Passion #Soul,” Adnan Sami.
“Just came to know that the legend and our favorite @GeorgeMichael is no more.. may God bless his soul. Rest in Peace,” Mika Singh.
RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya's Music Album
On Wednesday Viral Acharya was appointed as the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by the Government. Immediately after the announcement, Viral, a professor at New York University, started trending on social media. No, not for his views on the banking system or his take on the demonetisation by the RBI, but for his uncommon name that has amused Netizens. Though in Hindi his name means rare or unique, people were extremely happy and amused by its English translation.
But there is more to this upcoming personality than his unique name. Viral is a composer and a musician as well, and even has an album to his name. The new deputy RBI governor has composed many songs and his album titled ‘Yaadon Ke Silsile: An Ode to Friends and Some Romantic Moods’ was brought out in the mid-2000s. The 10-songs on the album were sung by Hrishikesh Ranade and Prajakta Joshi Ranadew of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Fame.
Mika Singh speaks his Mind
Mika Singh, who is not only known for his chartbuster hits, but also for the wild statements he makes, recently said that the very versatile Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Shraddha Kapoor were following in his footsteps to be famous singers. "Sonakshi, Alia and Shraddha are following me. I love and respect you all and thank you for following me, as you all want to become a superstar, like Mika Singh," he said recently, when asked what was his take on the actresses turning into singers. "Why are people turning singers now? Just because they want to become a superstar like Mika Singh- a popular, melodious and rich singer. My Best wishes to all of them!" he added.
Radio City's 'Halcyon 2016'
New Year 2017 is just around the corner and to make it super special Radio City's online wing Planetradiocity.com is offering its listeners an opportunity to rock their parties with 'Halcyon 2016' festival. This is a premium dance music festival on Radio City Dance. This incidentally happens to be the second edition of the dance music festival Halcyon. It will be a four-day Music Festival starting from 28th December to 31st December 2016, with 96 hours of musical bonanza featuring music and artists from across the globe.
The list of most popular international artists includes SBBRN, Dillon Francis, Chris Lake, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, DJ Snake, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and many more.
Radio City Dance is a online music radio station. Radio City Dance broadcasts 24 hours a day, 12 months of the year. Playing non-stop dance music & EDM by the most popular artists from around the world. HALYCON 2016 will be revelling in the greatest dance hits of all time.
Diljit & Gaana Join For His New Single 'Laembadgini'
Singer Diljit Dosanjh released his new single ‘Laembadgini’ on Speed Records earlier on this month. The lyrics were penned by Veet Baljit and the music was composed by Jatinder Shah. Gaana, the music app has now announced an exclusive association with superstar Diljit Dosanjh for ‘Laembadgini’. Gaana will have the exclusive rights for online music streaming for this song. Gaana and Speed Records have also signed an exclusive partnership to promote the song together in India and NRI markets.
Gaana COO Prashan Agarwal said, “We recently launched Gaana App in nine regional languages to extend our service to millions of Indians who can't read or write English. The popularity of Punjabi singers have grown significantly in the recent past, signing the latest single ‘Laembadgini’ of Diljit Dosanjh with Speed Records was the logical next step to win the hearts of our audiences across key regional markets. Diljit is a versatile actor and a singer who has very strong fan following across Punjab and NRI audiences across US, UK and Canada markets and we are happy to leverage our relationship with Speed Records to tap into these audiences.”
George Michael Passes Away Peacefully
George Michael “passed away peacefully” at home on 25th December 2016, according to his publicist. His manager, Michael Lippman, said the singer had died in bed from heart failure. Michael, who was all set to release a documentary in 2017, rose to fame as half of Wham!, known for their hits Club Tropicana and Last Christmas. He had a highly successful solo career that included the songs Careless Whisper, Faith, Outside and Freedom! Michael – who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – had 11 UK No 1’s and sold more than 100m albums during a career spanning almost four decades. His last album, Symphonica, was released in 2014.
Thames Valley police said an ambulance had attended a house on 25 December in Goring, Oxfordshire, at 1.42pm. They said the death was being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious” and they would not comment further until after a post mortem.
In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Michael’s death prompted an outpouring of emotional tributes with musicians, celebrities and politicians posting their memories of Michael on social media.
Saarang's Professional Shows are back
Kicking off the releases is the Rock Show 2017. Previous editions have seen crowds of over 6000 rocked by the likes of Opeth, Karnivool and Parikrama. And now...all the way from Sweden, presenting to you Katatonia! With countless lauded live shows and festival appearances, the band’s status as one of heavy music’s most revered acts was etched in stone by the time the 21st century truly kicked into gear. Whether dismantling and reconstructing their metal roots or diving into more ethereal sonic waters, Katatonia have been on a creative roll for more than two decades.
Fast-forward to 2016 and the band are poised to release what may well prove to be their most affecting and powerful album to date. The Fall of Hearts is Katatonia’s tenth studio album; a remarkable achievement in itself, but the sheer quality and consistency of the band’s music remains their most striking trait.
Katatonia perform at the Rock Show, Saarang 2017 at Open Air Theater, IIT Madras, Chennai on January 7th, 2017.
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Sajid Wajid joined BJP
Bollywood composers Sajid & Wajid joined the BJP in the presence of Mahahrashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday in Mumbai.
The musician brothers joined the party at a programme for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday.
“I ask every youth present here to teach ten people how to conduct trade in cashless way and help fulfil Atal-ji’s dream of a corruption-free nation. During his tenure (as the PM) Atal-ji brought immense repute to the country in the international arena,” Fadnavis said and added that whatever the BJP is today is because of Vajpayee.
Starting from 5th January, the latest independent music property “Generation Why” will try to not only break the norm when it comes to executions, but break the genre barrier as well. Conceptualised and curated by Aftab Khan, former Programmer/Events Executive at Hard Rock Café India, the gig series is the first of its kind to serve as a platform for fresh acts to an audience that is non-discriminatory and open to all genres. Partly inspired by the garage punk band FIDLAR’s eponymous 2015 single ‘WHY Generation’ that encapsulates the ‘millennial’ generation’s musings on being young and probing to find direction in the digital age, Generation WHY is a welcoming initiative for bands and fans alike.
The whole focus of Generation WHY would revolve around handpicking the best ‘new talent’ to come out of their respective spheres.
In its first edition, hip-hop crew Swadesi, singer–songwriter act Ryan Victor Project, post rock band Cat Kamikazee and psychedelic rock quartet Milk will take the stage at Hard Rock Café Andheri, in Mumbai.
The second edition of Generation WHY will take place on March 2017 and will showcase spanning prog, live electronica, punk and other genres.
Mood Indigo 2016 Controversies
Mood Indigo, the annual cultural festival of IIT 2016 was mired with controversies. According to Reinhardt Dias, one of the judges at the rock show competition, the names of three bands were submitted for the finals. But the organisers replaced one of the three bands chosen by the judges with a band of their own choice. The reason given by them was that the speakers had been switched off after the performance of the first two bands. “We were not even consulted before making this decision. Why even have judges then?” queried Dias. Dias along with fellow judge took to facebook with their protest. With the post going viral, the organisers finally relented and allowed the third band to participate in the finals.
Earlier on singer Sona Mohapatra had accused the organisers of being sexist as they had asked her to bring along a male singer with her if she were to perform. “Livewire” is a 36 year old competition at Mood Indigo and dishes out cash prizes upto Rs.1,25,000/-
Petition filed against Vulgar Punjabi Songs
A recent IIM study concluded that 60 per cent of the youth in the interiors of Punjab listen to songs with some profanity or violence in their lyrics. Now, a Karnataka based sociology professor, Panditrao Dharennavar, has filed a petition concerning several issues related to the modern Punjabi music culture. The petitioner claimed songs with vulgar lyrics were affecting the society echoing the general complaint that surfaced during the release of ‘Udta Punjab’. The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued a notice to the Union ministry of information and broadcasting and the Punjab government on a plea seeking directions to frame a policy in accordance with the Cinematography Act 1952 or constitute some regulatory authority in Punjab to censor cheap and vulgar lyrics in songs, reported The Times of India.
"Vulgar and gun culture songs are entering the roots of young generation and destroying present and future generations of the state. Lack of action by Punjab and its various authorities has led to dangerous trend, which is spreading its tentacles over social fabric of society," argued the petitioner. The case would come up for hearing on January 30.