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Linda Ronstadt 15-Jul ! Mogubai Kurdikar 15-Jul ! B.Rajam Iyer 15-Jul ! R.N.Thyagarajan (Rudrapatnam Bros) 15-Jul ! Vaigal S.Gnanaskandan (Chennai) 15-Jul ! Stewart Copeland (The Police) 16-Jul ! JC (PM Dawn) 17-Jul ! Terry "Geezer" Butler (Black Sabbath) 17-Jul ! Nagaraja Rao Havaldar 17-Jul ! Sachin Bghowmick 17-Jul ! Sukhvinder Singh 18-Jul ! Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar 18-Jul ! Jack Irons (Pearl Jam) 18-Jul ! Brian May (Queen) 19-Jul ! Carlos Santana (Santana) 20-Jul ! Kim Carnes 20-Jul ! Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) 21-Jul ! Selena Gomez 22-Jul ! Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) 22-Jul ! Don Henley 22-Jul ! Richard Davies (Supertramp) 22-Jul ! George Clinton 22-Jul ! Armaan Malik 22-Jul ! Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) 23-Jul ! Sam Watters (Color Me Badd) 23-Jul ! Slash (Guns N' Roses) 23-Jul ! Nick Menza (Megadeth) 23-Jul ! Tim Kellett (Simply Red) 23-Jul ! Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) 23-Jul ! Dhondutai Kulkarni 23-Jul ! Tapan 23-Jul ! Jennifer Lopez 24-Jul ! Kanchipuram Naina Pillai 25-Jul ! Sameer Phatarpekar 25-Jul ! Justin 25-Jul ! Raageshwari 25-Jul ! Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer 25-Jul ! Sri Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer 25-Jul ! Headliner (Arrested Development) 26-Jul ! Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen) 26-Jul ! Roger Taylor (Queen) 26-Jul ! Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) 26-Jul ! Rajkumar Shyamanand Sinha 27-Jul ! Trichy Sankaran 27-Jul ! Steve Morse (Deep Purple) 28-Jul ! Simon Kirke (Bad Company) 28-Jul ! Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) 29-Jul ! John Sykes (Whitesnake) 29-Jul ! Simon Kirke (Bad Company) 29-Jul ! Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) 29-Jul ! Sanjeev Chimmalgi 29-Jul ! Anup Jalota 29-Jul ! Sonu Nigam 30-Jul ! Kate Bush 30-Jul ! Paul Anka 30-Jul ! Girija Devi 30-Jul ! Will Champion (Coldplay) 31-Jul ! Fatboy Slim 31-Jul ! Bill Berry (R.E.M.) 31-Jul

Transcendence 2.0 - A stupendous success

Transcendence 2.0, the annual Music event held recently at St.Andrews Auditorium, this year paid tribute to Legends of Carnatic & Western Jazz, violin maestro T. Chowdiah and jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. The concert featuring the music of the 'Vidwan of the Violin', fusing with the artistry of the 'Maharaja of the Piano', was a stupendous success, as the music took the audience to a Transcendental state. 

The tributes by modern day legends Dr. Mysore Manjunath-Violin and Grammy nominee Louiz Banks-Piano were for their respective idols Mysore T. Chowdiah (1894-1967) a violinist, innovator, teacher, an organizer, a composer and a thespian. He designed the seven-stringed violin and Oscar Peterson (Aug 15, 1925-Dec 23, 2007), winner of 8 Grammy Awards, who is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists ever. In a career lasting more than 60 years, he has played thousands of concerts all over the world and released over 200 recordings. They were accompanied by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit-Khanjira,  Gino Banks-Drums, Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar and Pt. Yogesh Samsi- Tabla,. 

The first segment of the concert began with the lovely tribute by Louiz Banks to Oscar Peterson with some good old instrumental jazz popularised by the late legend. The second segment of the concert began with tribute by Vidwan Shri. Dr. Mysore Manjunathji to T.Chowdiah with the traditional Tyagaraja Kriti ‘Nyanamu Sakaratha’ in Purvikalyani. He then went on to play a RTM in the raga Kafi/Peelo. The improvisation of this RTM was in Natakurunji, Rasikapriya (72 melakartha raga). 

The finale was specially composed by Louiz Banks called ‘Reunion’ loosely based on Raga Chandrakauns. The fiinale also had Gino Banks, Pt. Yogesh Samsi and Vidwan Bangalore Amrit, showing their respective class and talent separately and then creatively sparring with each other. The concert ended with a vote of thanks to all the sponsors without whose support this concert would not have been possible and to the living legends who performed spectacularly on stage.

The Ensemble took the audience through various levels of consciousness culminating into the transcendent state through their music. Pradeep Joseph from Raga to Rock said 'the concert was like sitting at the crossroads, where the Music of Chennai and New Orleans met'.

At last year's concert Carnatic legend G. Harishankar (Khanjira) was honored with a tribute by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit (Khanjira) and Jazz legend Buddy Rich was honored with a tribute, by Ranjit Barot (Drums).

The event was organized by Gigue Entertainment a division of SRH Consilium LLP lead by Rajashekhar Srinivasan and this initiative would not have been possible without the support of Aditya Birla Sunlife Capital Mutual Funds, Indian Oil Corporation & Bombay Dyeing.

Daler Mehndi's tribute to the Cricket World Cup 2019

SpotlampE.com the popular platform for non film music by 9X Media Pvt. Ltd. announced the launch of a peppy new single titled ‘Panga Na Lena’ by ace singer Daler Singh Mehndi. Panga Na Lena is a song dedicated to the Cricket WorldCup 2019. The song was launched on SpotlampE.com and was aired on 9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9X Tashan, starting 7 th June 2019.
Speaking about the song Panga Na Lena pop singer Daler Mehndi says “I am pleased to collaborate with SpotlampE and launch a peppy single track dedicated to all the Cricket fans. Cricket is one of the biggest religions in India and composing Panga Na Lena to celebrate the biggest sporting festival was an exhilarating experience! Panga Na Lena captures the essence and craze for cricket across all ages. I am excited to see the viewer’s response to the track and am confident that the song will become the next cricket anthem that will top the music charts in India.”
In a short span of time, SpotlampE.com has become an apt platform for upcoming as well as established singers to showcase their talent. With artists like Grammy winner Shaggy, Mika Singh, Shaan, Ankit Tiwari, Shankar Mahadevan, Dev Negi, Neha Pandey etc. launching their tracks on SpotlampE.com, the platform has become the destination for all ages to discover great music.
Commenting on the launch of Panga Na Lena, 9X Media’s Senior Vice President - Creative content and New Business, Ms. Rajitta Hemwani said, “Panga Na Lena captures the excitement and anticipation of cricket and the World cup. The emotional journey of a fan rooting for his favourite cricketer is well emphasised in the video. Panga Na lena connects the cricket fans across all age
groups and connect the nation. We are confident that the track will set the mood for the Cricket World Cup 2019.”
The music for Panga Na Lena is composed by Daler Mehndi where as the lyrics are by super talented Daler Mehendi and N.S Chauhan. The music video of Panga Na Lena is shot with Daler dancing with cricket fans across various ocations. The video captures the cricket frenzy amongst Indians and will
resonate with the millennial population in India. The peppy music video is directed by the creative talent at 9XM.
Panga Na lena is promoted across all social media platforms of 9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9X Tashan. The track is played and promoted across SpotlampE.com

 

Colin D'cruz and Jazz Goa

Music producer and bass player Colin D'Cruz got into music professionally in the late seventies performing on hotel residences. Ten years of six nights a week performances set the foundations for a career spanning over four decades now. Even though jazz has always been his first love Colin has experienced many other genres of music performing all kinds of music with all kinds of musicians from across India and around the world. Besides performing, Colin also hosted a radio show on a premier international radio station and produced a music show for television. He set up an organisation called Jazz Goa that offers local artists a free audio/video production facility and also gives them a place on a global stage through the Jazz Goa app, the first western music app from India. Colin's earliest childhood memories revolve around experiencing live music at events his parents took him, the memory of the magic taking place onstage stage stayed in his sub conscious and turned out to be the deciding factor in his career choice later in life. Jazz turned out to be his first love simply because he felt it was a form of music that embraces all other sounds of music and allows an artist complete freedom of expression. Born and bought up in Mumbai, helped him shape a professional attitude and gave him exposure to many different forms of music including bollywood having performed with the likes of Asha Bhosle, Sonu Nigam and Shubha Mudgal to name a few. Colin moved to Goa in 2008 and went about setting up a studio and producing music both audio and video. Today music is heard on apps most of the time, so the Jazz Goa app was launched in 2018 with over three hundred artists featured and continuously updated with new entries. Local artists found a world-wide audience with the Jazz Goa app and many of them have been discovered internationally  thanks to the app. Jazz Goa's music is also aired on the world's number one radio station  Jazz FM91. Besides hosting the International Jazz Day event every year in Goa, Jazz Goa has also ventured into hosting events at prestigious international jazz venues like the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. Future plans include inviting international jazz virtuosos to Goa to collaborate and perform with local artists. All this would not have been possible without the support of his wife Diana who manages Colin's many different bands besides handling photography and videography for all Jazz Goa events. Today's kids are tuned to DJ's and EDM, Colin often wonders why anyone would want to pay a small fortune to watch someone press play on a laptop. But to each their own, as far as he is concerned he may be out of sync with today's popular music but he is totally in sync with his soul when he is out there playing his heart out to a few people who still enjoy live music.

Qaran's acoustic version feat. Jonita Gandhi

The love for Producer-Composer QARAN’s hit track continues – this time with a refreshing acoustic version of ‘Haaye Oye’. Featuring the immensely versatile Jonita Gandhi, 'Haaye Oye [Acoustic]' is a creation that explores the duality of emotions, and demonstrates how the same words, said in a different way can have a different meaning.

Topping all charts with over 27+MN views and over 100 +dance covers “Haaye Oye” has become the dance track of India. And giving music aficionados another reason to listen to the song, Sony Music has released an Acoustic video of the song in the versatile voice of Jonita Gandhi.

Says Jonita, “The song has a vibe that gets you hooked instantly. When QARAN approached me to feature on his acoustic version, I was totally on board. Check out our take on Haaye Oye, it’s out now across all streaming platforms.”

"It’s been a year since I released 'Tareefan Reprise' and I felt like it was finally time to create another acoustic version of one of my songs. With all the love that 'Haaye Oye' has been receiving, naturally it felt like the right choice. Haaye Oye [Acoustic] explores the duality of emotions and demonstrates how the same words said in a different way can have a different meaning" , says QARAN

Adds on Rohan Jha, Head - Pop Repertoire, Sony Music India, “Haaye oye surprised us, the way music listeners adapted and started owning the song is phenomenal. We yet see dance covers, singing covers and even tabla covers of the song and we are humbled. When we first heard the song and fell in love with it, it was an acoustic version – and we always wanted to share that with the world. Thank you, Jonita for being a part of the Haaye Oye phenomenon. You sound amazing!”

Experience 'Haaye Oye' in a way you never have and lose yourself in this dreamy, wistful composition.

Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNhRN4_QVB8

Sonu Nigam croons for...

After releasing the hugely popular monsoon love song “Tere Do naina” from Gourov-Roshin’s EP “Naina”, global music giant Sony Music has got together the biggest voice of Bollywood Sonu Nigam for the second track called Kitthe Jaave, feat. Akasa. After the massive success of her bollywood song “ Aaithey Aa” , Akasa is seen rapping to it.
Says Sonu Nigam, “Kithe Jaave has a different vibe and when I was asked to sing it I was like let’s try something different. Check it out... I have worked with a new female voice Akasa , who has a fresh voice . Also I love Gourov -Roshin, they definitely have a new sound and would love to work with them again. And Sony Music always pushes new content in the non-Bollywood space and it’s a pleasure to work with them“
Says Akasa, “ it’s a dream to be heard with a voice like Sonu ji’s. I have loved his music through my singing years and this is a dream come true for me.”
Adds on Rohan Jha, Head - Pop Repertoire, “Kitthe Jaave has a great melody and contemporary sound and no one could have sung it better than Sonu Sir. He has always been very supportive of fresh talent. We are privileged to have his voice on the Gouriv-Roshin EP, we only see this song grow manifold.”

Darshan Raval gives a new twist...

There is no denying Darshan Raval’s growing popularity with each song he croons for, the singer ever growing fan base is enviable to say the least and keeping up with giving what his fans want, Darshan along with Indie Music Label have released his recent track ‘Kaash Aisa Hota’s’ remix version. Popular lyricist Sayeed Quadri has penned the lyrics and the track is already winning hearts. ‘Kaash Aisa Hota’ was very successful when it released and after being inundated with messages and mails, the team decided to come out with a remix version. To add an element of surprise DJ Lijo and DJ Chetas too have added beats to the new track.

Commenting on the same, Naushad Khan, MD, Indie Music Label says, “We as a company have always believed In listening to the fans and audience. We had several messages and mails requesting us to create a remix version of Kaash Aisa Hota and we went ahead. Sayeed Sahab has penned the song beautifully and DJ Chetas and DJ Lijo’s beats have made the number foot tapping. Darshan and we all are very satisfied with the result and the response we are getting” he signs off.

The video link - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EEhM6FhXWX0

Louiz Banks pays tribute to Jazz legend Oscar Peterson

Louiz Banks, Pianist,Composer,Film and Record Producer. He is also a Grammy nominee and called the 'Godfather of Indian Jazz'. He is main act of the  annual Music concert Transcendence, that pays tribute to Legends of Indian & Western Jazz Music. This year Transcendence 2.0 tribute concert is for Jazz legend Oscar Peterson and Carnatic legend T. Chowdiah, where the Music of the 'Maharaja of the Piano'  meets the 'Vidwan of the Violin'.

Louiz Banks picked Oscar Peterson in his words 'The answer to that question will cover a few volumes ... but in short... because Oscar Peterson is unanimously acknowledged as one of the greatest exponents of Jazz Piano..and he continues to inspire all students of Jazz Piano. My own switch to Jazz Piano took place when my father introduced me to Oscar Peterson... that was turning point in my musical studies and pursuits. Hence I would like to pay homage to the greatness of Oscar Peterson"

Louiz Banks  is being accompanied by modern day legend Dr. Mysore Manjunath (Violin) ),Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar, Vidwan Bangalore Amrit-Khanjira,  Gino Banks-Drums.  and Pt. Yogesh Samsi- Tabla. to  take the audience through various levels of consciousness culminating into the transcendent state through their music.

The event is organized by Gigue Entertainment a division of SRH Consilium LLP lead by Rajashekhar Srinivasan and this initiative would not be possible without the support of Aditya Birla Sunlife Capital Mutual Funds,Bombay Dyeing, Indian Oil Corporation & Raga to Rock-The Magazine for everything in Music

Transcendence 2.0 :The Tribute concert

Transcendence is an annual Music event, that pays tribute to Legends of Carnatic & Western Jazz. This year Transcendence 2.0 tribute concert is for the Carnatic legend  Mysore T. Chowdiah and Jazz Legends Oscar Peterson, the concert where the Music of the 'Vidwan of the Violin' meets the 'Maharaja of the Piano'. Transcendence means the act of rising above something to a superior state. Spiritually it means you have reached the state of Moksha or Nirvana ...When you achieve transcendence, you have gone beyond ordinary limitations and the mundane.  

Gigue proudly brings two modern day legends Dr. Mysore Manjunath (Violin) and Grammy nominee - Louiz Banks (Piano))to  take the audience through various levels of consciousness culminating into the transcendent state through their music, accompanied by  Vidwan Bangalore Amrit-Khanjira,  Gino Banks-Drums. Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar and Pt. Yogesh Samsi- Tabla.

The Indian legend being honoured is Mysore T. Chowdiah (1894- 1967) violinist, innovator, teacher, an organizer, a composer and a thespian.He designed the seven-stringed violin for South Indian Classical Music. Oscar Peterson (Aug 15 1925-Dec 23, 2007), is considered one of the greatest Jazz pianists. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours.Last year honorees were Carnatic legend G. Harishankar (Khanjira) and Jazz legend Buddy Rich (Drums)  with a tribute by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit (Khanjira)and Ranjit Barot (Drums).

On the concert Louiz Banks says “I strongly believe that creative music should represent original creativity and not replication, sophisticated and discerning listeners want to see musicians create art with passion, creativity and originality... they want to enjoy and experience innovation. Transcendence 2.0 2019 will feature some of the most creative musicians in the country who will surely dazzle the audience with exciting and original music ... live on stage come and enjoy and get transported into another wonderful music galaxy...”

From the streets of Patna comes

Sony Music today released a fun , pacy track from the streets of Patna called "Bhaiyya G" sung and composed by YAWAR featuring Tik Tok Superstar Jannat Zubair Rahmani. The song is a fusion of electronic beats and urban rhythm with a desi twist."Bhaiyya G" is the love & revenge story of a local Baahubali who fell in love with a beautiful con girl (Jannat Zubair) and how Bhaiyaa G eventually takes revenge from the Con girl and her partner in crime. 
Says Pawanesh Pajnu, Head North Repertoire, Sony Music India, “ Bhaiyya G is not an experiment , this is a genre that we want to grow and believe can cut through age groups and geographies. YAWAR is an extremely talented artist and we have a lot of music coming out with him.”

 

 

5 Seconds of Summer release new single & Video

5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in chart history to see its first three full-length studio albums enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. Across their catalog, 5SOS has sold more than eight million equivalent album units and sold over 2 million concert tickets worldwide, while cumulative streams of their songs now surpass seven billion. 5SOS – comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) – are recognized for an array for prestigious accolades including an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, two iHeartRadio Music Awards, eight MTV European Music Awards, five ARIA Awards, APRA and two MTV Video Music Awards.

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) explore rich sonic textures and rhythms – and reach exhilarating vocal heights – on their new single, “Easier.” The track, which marks the band’s first release since signing to Interscope Records, was produced by Andrew Watt, Louis Bell and Charlie Puth. Grant Singer (The Weeknd, Lorde) directed the mind-bending official video. Listen to “Easier” here  https://5sos.lnk.to/5soseasier. View the video HERE.

Says lead vocallist Luke Hemmings of the song, “’Easier’ is the most confident we have been in the first song to be released off one of our records. Visually and sonically it feels like we took what we uncovered about ourselves as a band on the last album and honed in on that sound and aura. I truly believe that ‘Easier’ is the beginning of the best era for 5SOS.”

‘Easier’ is the perfect depiction of the individual artistry within the band and how it comes together to create 5 Seconds of Summer,” says bassist Calum Hood. “This record is something we have subconsciously always needed to release. Accompanied by the euphoria and rawness of the video, ‘Easier’ is the best thing we’ve released yet.”

The band shot the video at two historic Southern California sites – the Bronson Caves in Griffith Park, and Angeles Abbey Memorial Park in Compton.

Director Grant Singer says, “We wanted to bring back the purely cinematic rush of the epic videos I grew up watching in the ‘90’s. Inspired by this idea of rebirth and the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water, we aimed for something dramatic and explosive, like nothing you've seen from the band before.” 

Ed Sheeran discloses his two Mystery Collaborators

Just after the release of Ed Sheeran’s last track “I Don’t Care” feat Justin Bieber, the artist  already announced his new single “Cross Me” but no one knows who the collaborators were!He has teamed up with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock for “Cross Me.” From an elaborate album of collaborations — which is called “No.6 Collaborations Project”, “I don’t care” and “Cross Me” are a part of it. Ed Sheeran has been teasing the song collabs and has also teased a tracklist with the collaborators’ names blacked out! In the album announcement, Sheeran said, “Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called ‘No.5 Collaborations Project.’ Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make. ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ will be out everywhere on 12 July. It’s available to pre-order now.

Kygo releases new track featuring Chelsea Cutler

Following a string of current successes, global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll - a.k.a. Kygo shares a brand-new track entitled “Not OK” feat. Chelsea Cutler via Sony Music Sweden/Ultra Records/RCA Records.Powered by glassy and gliding guitar, a simmering beat, and lush keys, the production unfolds with soaring cinematic scope. Above this bold and bright backdrop, Cutler’s confessional lyrics immediately take hold on the resounding refrain, “I just called you to say, I’m not OK.” With uplifting vocals and music, it possesses the power to instantly connect.

Last month, Kygo teamed up with Rita Ora for the new single “Carry On”—from the blockbuster POKÉMON Detective Pikachu. Within a month, the song eclipsed 50 million Spotify streams and over 50 million YouTube views for the music video. The duo also launched a high profile television takeover last week, performing the track on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America.

 2019 is shaping up to be Kygo’s brightest, boldest, and biggest year to date. His last single, “Think About You” featuring Valerie Broussard, who is newly signed to his Palm Tree Records/ RCA Records, surpassed 50 million Spotify streams and 18 million YouTube views.

Jeetega Saara India

To mark the beginning of the most awaited Cricket tournament of the year- ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, TikTok, world’s leading short-video platform, in collaboration with global music giant Sony Music’s artist Aastha Gill has launched the TikTok World Cup Anthem titled “Jeetega Saara India.”. This exciting new anthem cheers on Team India to get the World Cup home and is exclusively available on TikTok!

Commenting on the launch of the TikTok World Cup Anthem, Mayank Gandotra, Director of Business Development and Music Partnerships, TikTok India, said, “At TikTok, we continuously work towards giving our creators an opportunity to create, share and discover content that reflects moments that matter to them and this time is no different. “Jeetega Saara India” captures the feeling of every Indian who wants Team India to bring World Cup home and we are hoping that our users will spread this feeling by creating content using the TikTok World Cup Anthem. This is our way of bringing the entire TikTok community and the country together to support the Indian team during this tournament.”

TikTok is the world’s most popular destination for creating and sharing short-form mobile videos. Millions of users around the world access TikTok’s vast music library and have a wide variety of songs at their fingertips which empowers them to not only discover music but also create innovative, fun and quirky videos. By using the TikTok World Cup Anthem, users will also have the opportunity to continuously engage and show their love for the game and team India using #CricketWorldCup with their videos.

Sanujeet Bhujabal, Marketing Director, Sony Music India adds, “Music plays a pivotal role in uplifting the spirit of all cricket enthusiasts in India and #CricketWorldCup does exactly that. Aastha’s vocals along with her spirited singing and the lyrics brings out the josh like never before. We are thrilled to be working with TikTok on the same and we are sure the platform will reach the song to over a billion cricket fanatics in India and the globe.”

The song was composed by Mix Singh and sung by Aastha Gill. The lyrics were written by Yawar and Rish. The song is exclusively available on TikTok for its users.

Commenting on the TikTok World Cup Anthem, Aastha Gill said, “World Cup springs a feeling of patriotism that energizes a nation. So, when I decided to work on a World Cup song exclusively for TikTok, I wanted to bring alive the same spirit for the rest of us. I knew it had to be to the tune of Saara India now called “JeetegaSaaraIndia”. This song aims to be a slogan that we all will be rallying around to cheer for the Indian cricket team.”

Coupled with thousands of stickers, filters and features available, such collaborations with popular artists fuel TikTok’s mission to enable its users to capture and showcase their creativity, knowledge and moments that matter to them, directly from their mobile phone, enabling everyone to be a creator.

So, what are you waiting for? Download TikTok from Google Play and Apple App Store today and join the entire country cheering for #CricketWorldCup with the TikTok World Cup Anthem “Jeetega Saara India.”

Finding your path through Indian Classical Music

Pratyeka is the fourth album of American  Fluatist Nash Naubert who has spend the last 20 years in India promoting Indian Classical Music. Pratyeka means 'A seeker who attains liberation through his own study and effort, not relying on the sermons of a particular guru, and staying by himself absorbed in contemplation.This Album title was chosen by Nash to mark a stepping off point in his journey through Indian Classical music. Through experience and observation he carries the wholehearted belief that pure music cannot be taught and must be discovered by each individual who follows the path. On this album he is accompanied by Satyajit Talwalkar on the Tabla. In this album Nash has played Raga Vachaspati - Alaap, Jhor, Jhala, Rupak Taal and lastly in Teen taal. The earlier albums 'Beginnings’ ‘Journey ‘was released by Universal/Cresendo Music, the second album ‘Anantadrishti' released by Saregama are all very successful too. A must listen for the Classical buffs.

Ed Sheeran Announces 'Cross Me' Featuring Two Mystery Collaborators

India is currently obsessing over Ed Sheeran’s last track “I Don’t Care” feat Justin Bieber however the artist has already announced his new single “Cross Me” but no one knows who the collaborators are! Yes you read it right, it is collaborators , not one but two! The fans are in a frenzy and can’t wait to find out who are two collaborators are!

Sony Music releases a 3-song EP

A three-song EP with the Bollywood composer duo Gourov-Roshin called “Naina”was released by Sony Music. The duo’s soulful and romantic melodies feature in albums like Baaghi 2 , Raaz 2, Kaabil & Total Dhamaal.‘Tere Do Naina’ sung by Ankit Tiwari, ‘Kithe Jave’ by Sonu Nigam feat. Akasa and ‘Jindri’ by Devendra Pal Singh.The 3 song Ep has something for everyone, from a love ballad to an all out groovy dance track.

“We are very excited to be working with Soundtrek and Sony Music.. we are glad that besides the film music that we’ve done , we’ve been given this  massive opportunity to showcase another side of our art.. the one that comes straight from the heart.. non film music has been creating a huge buzz yet again in the industry and Sony music has been one of the pioneers in getting that back on the map..the feeling is truly overwhelming and we are hoping to showcase many more of our original material with these beautiful people!” said Gourov-Roshin

Adds on Rohan Jha, Head - Pop Music, Sony Music India “Gourov-Roshin have a unique combination of soulful melodies and contemporary production.  The fact that incredible talents like Sonu Nigam and Ankit Tiwari have agreed to be a part of their debut non-film EP, along with emerging talent like Akasa and Devendra Pal Singh, shows the creative and commercial appeal of these songs. The initial reactions from our close partners indicate that this is an EP with a widespread appeal, and we are sure the song will rule charts.”

Halsey unleashes new single and video

GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-Platinum artist Halsey examines the expectations placed on women in our society – and then shatters them – with her powerful new single, “Nightmare” released today by Capitol Records.The accompanying video, which was unveiled today in a YouTube Premiere, was based on a concept by Halsey and features an all-female cast. It was directed by 2-time MTV VMA winner Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Ciara), who also helmed Halsey’s video for “Alone.” Last week, she played an intimate, sold-out two-night stand at New York City’s Webster Hall. Halsey performed her debut album, Badlands (2015), in its entirety on the first night and her second album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017), on the second evening. Both albums are certified Platinum.

Halsey has set records with her 2018 single, “Without Me.” In March 2019, she became the first artist in history to replace herself at No. 1 twice on the U.S. Pop Songs Airplay chart when “Without Me” bumped “Eastside,” her collaboration with Benny Blanco and Khalid, from the top spot. “Without Me” is the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit by a female artist in this century, and one of only 9 songs ever to spend 28+ weeks in the top 10, topping the tally in January 2019. Cumulative global streams of “Without Me” have surpassed one billion and the track is certified 4x Platinum in the U.S. The official video, which can be seen HERE, has more than 100 million views.Halsey performed “Without Me” at the Billboard Music Awards. She also joined BTS on stage for their first performance together of “Boy With Luv.”

Since 2015, Halsey has amassed nearly 12 billion cumulative streams worldwide, sold more than eight million adjusted albums globally and had nine RIAA-certified Platinum singles (three of which were multi-Platinum). Halsey has played sold out dates on five continents (including New York City’s Madison Square Garden), been nominated for a GRAMMY® and appeared on a wide variety of magazine covers, including NYLON, Billboard, Glamour and Forbes.

She has pushed creative boundaries, expanding her influence and impact beyond music. After making her film debut in the animated 2018 summer movie Teen Titans GO! as the voice of Wonder Woman, she was seen in A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Halsey continues to use her voice to speak up for causes she passionately believes in, including disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health and the LGBTQ community. GLAAD honored her in 2018 as “Outstanding Music Artist.”

Delhi HC orders change of Helo logo

ShareChat founded in 2015  by IIT-Kanpur alumni, Farid Ahsan, Bhanu Singh and Ankush Sachdeva.An app that allows users to create, discover, and share content with each other. It also has features like anonymous chat, direct messaging, original video content under the banner of ShareChat Talkies and accessible in 14 regional languages, ShareChat’s strength has been its popularity in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. ShareChat has seen heavy competition since Chinese media giant ByteDance brought its product Helo and  Tiktok, which has gained immense popularity on social media. 

ShareChat had accused ByteDance, the Chinese company of copyright infringement alleging ‘adwords ambushing’  In hearing the case last year, the high court had barred ByteDance from placing bids on ‘ShareChat’ as a keyword on Google’s AdWords platform, which ShareChat  alleged that the Bytedance had got higher ranking by playing on its search words.

The Delhi high court dismissed  ShareChat’s lawsuit against ByteDance of copying its design, infringing its copyright and creating unfair competition on it's app Helo. On orders of the court rule, ByteDance had changed the design of its Indian language content app, Helo, and also tweaked its description on Google Play Store to ‘Share, Follow & Chat’. 

Raja Kumari sets off on 'Karma Kills' tour

Svetha Rao a.k.a Raja Kumari is an Indian American songwriter, rapper and recording artist from US. Kumari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and  an Indian classical dancer,she made her name as a freestyle MC known as “Indian Princess” (IP) or “Raja Kumari”. In 2018, she co-wrote and performed the song titled 'Roots' and 'City Slums' in collaboration with Divine. She has starred in Gully Boy as a judge, which was a cameo appearance..Kumari is best known for her collaboration with notable artists including Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony,Knife Party, Fall Out Boy. She is also notable for receiving as a songwriter, the BMI Pop Awards in 2016 being nominated to a Grammy award in February 2015,and featuring on BBC Asian Network programme Bobby Friction on July 5, 2016.

Raja Kumari has been promising her fans for a long time of her North American Tour, and she has finally finalised her tour the 'KARMA KILLS'. She is currently in Mumbai shooting the music video for KARMA, and will be touring through the US and Canada singing all new music from BLOODLINE, The Come Up, and a few special surprises. Raja Kumari will so be hitting Toronto and Vancouver to headline two festivals that are FREE. Make sure you get your tickets today!

Crocs has been KISSified

KISS the American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley still Rocks, known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. Kiss is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide and they were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Just in time for the historic End of the Road tour, Crocs has partnered with the hottest, hardest, most explosive band in the world to create a collection of limited-edition KISS® clogs.
Four designs are at your disposal: A classic, all-black Crocs with the band's logo in red and yellow slapped on the front (US$44.99); a blazing fire-emblazoned Crocs with the members' faces (US$49.99); a silver-banded Crocs with the band's logo in silver (US$54.99); or – for those who fancy a little more colour – a Crocs with a rainbow-coloured logo and sole and finished with a purple coloured sling (US$49.99). Get your Kissified Croc today.
 

Sony Music under fire as Kerala’s temple music videos get copyright strikes online

A host of YouTubers and social media videographers are up in arms against American giant Sony Music Entertainment for claiming copyright over the state’s temple percussion styles such as ‘pandi melam’ and ‘panchavadyam’.


A controversy is brewing in Kerala over who owns the copyright for the different styles of traditional percussion ensemble that form the crux of the state’s temple festivals. A host of YouTubers and social media videographers are up in arms against American giant Sony Music Entertainment for claiming copyright over the state’s temple percussion styles such as ‘pandi melam’ and ‘panchavadyam’.


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They allege that their videos of live percussion ensembles from temple festivals across Kerala on YouTube and Facebook are being marked for copyright violation by Sony Music as they sound similar to the tracks of a film named ‘The Sound Story’, starring Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty. The multi-lingual movie released earlier this year, whose audio tracks are the copyright of Sony Music, explores Pookutty’s dreams of recording the original sounds of ‘Thrissur Pooram’, Kerala’s grandest temple festival.

“After the release of the film, whenever we upload any video of a percussion ensemble from any temple festival in Kerala, we get a copyright notice from Sony. On the day of the Pooram, while we were recording the ‘melam’ (percussion assembly) live on Facebook, it abruptly stopped and still remains blocked,” said Anto, who operates ‘Live Media’ that covers temple festivals and events on social media.

YouTube and Facebook have automated settings that block content for which copyright is already owned by someone else. Copyrighted content from the top publishers are available on an online database against which content uploaded to most online platforms are matched for violations. Creators of such content can dispute the claim and get the strike released to unblock the content. In the case of Thrissur Pooram music, a match happens easily because in the temple rituals the arrangements are almost exactly the same every time.


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Satheesh, another online videographer based in Thrissur, spoke of the same experience while live-streaming the Thrissur Pooram through a Facebook page that has hundreds of subscribers. Minutes after the video was blocked, he got a notification from Sony that read, “Your video has been blocked because it may contain music, audio or video that belongs to someone else. Your video matches 1 minute and 29 seconds of audio owned by Sony Music Entertainment.”

They allege that the videos they post online attract copyright violation essentially because they contain similar audio tracks of different percussion styles like ‘pandi melam’ and ‘panchavadyam’ which were recorded live for ‘The Sound Story’ as well. The ‘pandi melam’ style of percussion involves instruments like chenda (drums), ilathalam (cymbals), kuzhal (a double-reed wind instrument) and kombu (wind instrument). In ‘panchavadyam’, ‘thimila’ (an hour-glass shaped instrument), ‘maddalam’ (drums), ilathalam (cymbals), idakka (hour-glass shaped drums) and kombu (wind instrument) are used. “If I live-stream 2.5 hours of the Pandi Melam, the audio in my video may have matched their (Sony) audio for just one minute. But still the entire 2.5 hours falls under their copyright,” said Satheesh.

Pookutty responded to the controversy in a Facebook post late Wednesday night denying allegations that he had ‘sold the copyright of the Pooram’ to Sony. “To put it clearly, I don’t own the copyright or the IPR of the film Sound Story. It is owned by the producers namely #PrasadPrabhakarProductions and #PalmstoneMultimedia They are the ones who have contractual obligations with Sony Music and Sony Pictures… As far as I know, #SonyPictures has been given the distribution rights of the film Sound Story film only and nothing else,” he wrote.

He also shared a copy of the email clarification he got from Sony which read, “Any content of the album partially or fully by third parties in social media without permissions from copyright hold will get claimed automatically by fingerprinting technology of the partner, no manual claim are done by Sony Music. The contents whatever Sony holds its rights are purely recorded and sound designed and mixed by Resul Pookutty, only for the film ‘The Sound Story’.”

An email with questions to Sony Music went unanswered.

The Paramekkavu temple administration, which participates in the Thrissur Pooram, said it will study the situation and take legal action against Sony and the producers of the film if necessary. “I’m trying to gather as many facts and figures. These are all public events that nobody can copyright. They have been going on for ages and nobody has any copyright over such artistic forms of music. It has not been created either by Sony or by Resul Pookutty. If so many people are facing problems, then it is a genuine issue. I’m taking legal opinion,” said G Rajesh, secretary of the temple administration.

Talent hunt for Ghazal singers returns

Hungama Artist Aloud, a platform that supports and promotes independent content, and Khazana – a festival of ghazals, an annual concert that celebrates ghazals, today launched the second edition of Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt Powered by Hungama in association with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited – India’s first and only talent hunt for ghazal singers. In its second year, the talent hunt will welcome entries from international participants, besides Indian contestants, making it a global competition. To be judged by renowned ghazal maestros, Pankaj Udhas, AnupJalota, Talat Aziz, Rekha Bhardwaj and Sudeep Banerjee, two winners will receive a chance to perform alongside famous ghazal singers at ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ on 26th and 27th July 2019 in Mumbai.

The talent hunt saw a phenomenal response last year with entries from over 75 cities in India. To participate, interested singers can upload videos of them singing ghazals onwww.artistaloud.com/khazana till 10th June 2019. 20 contestants will be shortlisted and called to Mumbai to perform live in front of the judges. Thereafter, the jury will announce two winners who will win a rare chance to perform at ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ in the august company of ghazal legends. Competition extended to international contestants, making them eligible to participate alongside Indian aspirants.Speaking about the talent hunt, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media said, “Since its inception, Khazana has elevated itself as an annual phenomenon that celebrates the splendidness and glory of ghazals. As a platform that stands for independent content, we are honored to have been associated with Khazana and have the chance to recognize young and aspiring talent in the country.  Last year, we received an overwhelming response from over 75 cities in India. With the contest opening up for international aspirants, we are certain that we’ll see remarkable participation this year too.”

Talking about the talent hunt, Pankaj Udhas said, “Khazana is extremely close to my heart. It is more than just a ghazal concert, it is a homage to the exceptional art form that has been going on for ages and will remain for the times to come. WithKhazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt our effort to identify and bring forth exceptional talent inghazal singing.  In our second year, we aim to reach out to all the corners of the world and provide a stage to aspiring singers globally.”

Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals was founded by legendary ghazal singer and President, Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust, Pankaj Udhas and Y.K. Sapru, Chairman and CEO, Founder Director, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) with the support of ghazal maestros Talat Aziz and AnupJalota. Currently in its 18th year, Khazana has excelled in preserving and promoting the exquisite art of ghazal singing by giving a platform to both, new and established ghazal singers. All proceeds from the festival go to the Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT) and Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA).

Aastha Gill has Badshah dancing

The gorgeous Aastha Gill released her next single “Saara India” recently that features her lucky charm for the second time, the dapper Priyank Sharma.The cute love story in the Saara India video follows what happens when Aastha says the only way Priyank can get her to marry him is if he takes her around India!Says Aastha, “This shoot was a travellers delight and I distinctly remember traveling from one place to another. Apart from having a great time with the shoot for the song I also got to eat some delicious local food.” Adds on Pawanesh Pajnu, Head North Repertoire, Sony Music India, “As the name goes, the concept of the video needed for it to be shot across multiple locations and positioned as a journey film. The team travelled to multiple locations to get that local vibe and we are confident the music lovers will enjoy watching this fun colourful video. 

Composed by Mix Singh, with lyrics by Nik, this track is touted to be the song of the summer. From the swaggering beat to an instantly infectious hook, the song will be a definite add to your playlist. From influencers to celebs, everyone is crushing over the song. Badshah, her mentor, recently put up this video on his socials where he is seen matching her steps and it is the best thing you will see today.

“Me trying to be Aastha Gill” is what Badshah says, check out the video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxWOk0jgcuJ/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=3qkmsmd8cljd

Spotify 2Mn Users and adding more

Spotify launched in India early this year and has managed to add 2 Mn Usersin a few months.When it launched in India Spotify did the smartest deal by signing up T-Series the biggest Music company in market share and also signed multiple partnerships with other Indian music labels.The existing leaders of the music streaming market in India— Gaana, JioSaavn and Hungama for its ad-free premium version charge INR 99 per month whereas Spotify is charging INR 119 per month. The company in its quarterly filings in April,said that it has reached 2 Mn users in India. However, how many of these users are subscribing for a premium membership is still uncertain.The company has more than 40 Mn songs and 3 Bn playlists across Indian and international music. On a global level, Spotify reached 100 Mn subscribers with 217 Mn Monthly Active Users (MAUs). However, the paid users share continues to grow.

Jatayu and 'Chango Tales'

In the epic Ramayana when Jatayu is a demi-god who has the form of a vulture, he sees Ravana abducting Sita, he tries to rescue Sita from Ravana. He fights valiantly but Ravana gets the better of him. Jatayu is remembered for he informs Rama and Lakshmana before dying that Ravana had gone south. But the Jatayu we found on You Tube is a Jazz-Rock quartet from Chennai. Jatayu is Shylu Ravindran-Guitars. Sahib Singh-Guitars, Manu Krishnan-Drums, Kashyap Jaishankar-Bass.Their music is a reflection of modern India - rooted in a centuries old art form, yet current and collaborative in approach and sonic fabric.Formed in 2016,they have been playing local independent venues in Chennai,growing and building their loyal fanbase. Chango Tales,is their debut EP is designed as an enthralling and collaborative audio-visual experience. R2R caught Sahib Singh telephonically to speak on their debut release.  

Tell us about your album ' Chango Tales'?
For our album ' Chango Tales' we wanted to tell a story only with music being in the forefront and testing our sonic story telling abilities.Who is Chango ? Chango is I.Chango is you. Chango is the crimson fire that burns bright within.‘Chango Tales’ take you through the emotional Odyssey of Chango.
 
How was it recording your debut album?
We had an absolute blast recording this album especially with the collaborations from Krond Flast the Swiss based Sax/Violin Duo on 'May I?' and with Holger Jetter on 'Chango' and 'Pazhi'. Having so many different styles and opinions on each and every topic, we always end up having arguments , be it in the jam room or outside.But we use those arguments to our advantage as we learn more about each other and build a bond over these differences and that is what we want to show the world, as to how you can live in harmony with people who are different from you and thrive. 

What do our songs mean to us?
They mean everything to us of course.Chango Tales tells the story of Chango, a character we created to explore the emotional content of the songs in the EP. In 'Shringara' explores conception and love - its tumultuous nature brings up a variety of emotions within us - joy, anger, compassion, fear, jealousy, etc. The loopy groove of 'May I?' is us exploring the nature of curiosity and the strange roads that that it can take you through. 'Pazhi' is our interpretation of the mind of a person being abused. The rage, confusion, sadness, fear, that feeling of helplessness, the sheer ridiculousness of being blamed for being abused.'Chango' is our version of contentment. It refers to the kind of post trauma strength. Having survived ups and downs, one is confident in themselves to move past anything that falls in ones path.

How did they come about?
With some of our songs, Shylu, our lead guitarist, had already composed the various melodies involved in the song, and then as a band, we'd spend hours trying out different ideas brought forth by each of us. We'd go through various stages of trial and error to reach the final composition that you would hear at our shows.We also write together from scratch - where the song kinda forms itself from 1 idea that someone comes up with while jamming. Everything we do when composing is in service to the song.

Where do you see yourselves 10 years down the line?
This is probably the hardest question to answer because I'm not sure if any of us have thought that far ahead. We're just busy enjoying the present. We've got concepts for at least 3 more releases to happen over the next couple of years with which we aim to tour the country and the world for our album ' Chango Tales'.
 

Meet The Manta Sidhu Ensemble

The Manta Sidhu Ensemble is a Delhi based Vocal Harmony Group. The Ensemble took shape as a collaboration between some exquisite musicians to perform songs written by singer-songwriter Manta Sidhu. The Manta Sidhu Ensemble is :-Manta Sidhu – voice, guitar. Jazmine Saxena – voice, keys. Sherry Mathews – voice.Reuben Narain – percussion, drums. Rahul Rai – bass.Featuring easy-listening songs, with lush vocal arrangements and memorable hooks, The Ensemble’s work stands apart for its uniqueness in sound and distinctiveness in flavor.Surpassing restrictions of age or musical taste, the rich lyrical appeal and melodic depth of the music has garnered much love and interest from listeners and audiences. Undoubtedly,the style that the Ensemble showcases, is the very first of its kind in the Indian singer-songwriter circuit.

The Ensemble released their self-titled debut album in May 2017. Their second album titled ‘Light’ was released in March 2019, following which the band set out on a multi-city tour inApril 2019, playing 13 shows across 7 cities, including Jaipur, Goa, Guwahati, Shillong, Gangtok and Delhi-NCR. The band is represented by a five-member line-up, including 3 singers, piano, acoustic guitar, bass and drums. They has already begun working on new music for a third album in the near future. In the meantime, the focus remains on performing live at venues across the country, to carry their music to a larger listener base. Check out their latest song The Life Song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zAQgcZNcrU

 

 

 

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@The Manta Sidhu Ensemble is :-@Manta Sidhu – #voice, #guitar. @Jazmine Saxena – voice, #keys. @Sherry Mathews – voice.@Reuben Narain – #percussion, #drums. @Rahul Rai – #bass.#Vocal Harmony Group. #The Ensemble # singer-songwriter

Lyricist Kumaar on a roll...

Kumaar is one of the most successful a Lyricists in Bollywood, his journey to success began with ’Ishq Tera Tadpave’ for Sukhbir’s album. Some of his more successful songs include Baby Doll, Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan, Sooraj Dooba hain, Desi Girl , Nachan Farrate and Main Hoon Hero Tera. He journey to success came when he wrote the song ‘Maa ka ladla bigad gaya’ in Dostana 2016. This year he has written songs for Fraud Saiyyan ‘Ishq Ishq Tera and 3 songs for the superhit movie Uri:The Surgical Strike ‘Challa (Main Lad Jaana)’, ‘Jigra’, ‘Jagga Jiteya’.

His latest hit release is ‘Vaddi Sharaban’ d for the movie’De De Pyaar De’ starring Ajay Devgan, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh. When we asked him what he feels about the song ‘Vaddi Sharaban’ Kumaar say’s “Vaddi Sharaban is doing good and I written many female based songs like Desi Girl, Baby Doll, Chittiyan Kalaiyan etc.. I feel people will accept this song as well.”

Kumaar also shares that he doesn’t work emotionally because he doesn’t love his work, he respects his work and understands it. It’s the people’s love that reaches him and makes him emotional.

On asking his view on the growing trend of remixes Kumaar says “No one supports remix or remake it’s ‘Kabhi Kabhi Kuch chize majburi ke daayre me aate hai’. It is not that Artists willfully accept to recreate their own work.”

He further said regarding royalties paid to the Lyricist’s “It is good and we will start receiving royalties soon, based on the amount and the quality of the work we do, we  deserves good royalties. But I am happy with what I get and it really doesn’t bother how much money does the Lyricistget, because I go with the flow ‘Jo Mila Jitna Mila Kush Rahe Ta Hu’.

Kumaar on success believes in the divine power and the karmic cycle that if out of 100 people only 2 are selected for success then there has to be something more than hard work to make you successful.

Kumaar when asked what does it take to write a hit song’, he says ‘Eveyone ask me Hook line kya hai’ this seems to be the trend today.

Mitti Ke Sitare - India's biggest Music reality show

"Mitti Ke Sitare, India’s first musical reality show for underprivileged kids between 7-15 years, is pleased to announce their top 18 semi-finalists. Shortlisted from 1187 MCGM and slum schools of Mumbai, they will now get an opportunity to introduce themselves at the Grand Finale on 22nd June, 2019. The semi-finalists, specially handpicked after extensive rounds of auditions, are immensely gifted singers in both the spheres of vocal and instrumental music

‘Mitti Ke Sitare’ is a social initiative by renowned social activist and Vice President-Corporate Head with Axis Bank, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis organized by Divyaj Foundation, in association with MPower Foundation, to provide a platform for the hidden talents across indigent areas of Mumbai. To conduct this social welfare project, Divyaj Foundation associated with 1187 MCGM schools to connect, identify and select children from the underprivileged sector - those who are blessed with talent but lack resources to improve themselves.

The Talent Hunt had 3 rounds of auditions, which involved scouting for the best from a massive artistry pool of 1.2 lakh BMC and Slum school children across Mumbai. For Round 1, a total of 6000 students were identified to participate and upload their recorded audios or entries on the servers provided to these respective schools. 527 students out of 6000 participants were selected for the second round.In round two, 54 students were selected by the board of evaluators appointed by Divyaj Foundation. These 54 students selected in round 2 were further evaluated in round 3 and subsequently the finest 18 gems have been selected to perform against each other at the grand finale which will be judged by renowned people from the musical fraternity.

These eighteen students are now undergoing 3 months special musical training and grooming session in Mumbai, under the guidance of professionals – Shankar Mahadevan Academy for vocal training, holistic fitness training by Mickey Mehta, mental health training from Mpower and other trainings to prepare them for the grand finale where they will get a chance to perform on stage with renowned artists of the music industry. The Foundation will be honing, polishing and presenting these 18 contestants to the global audience by providing them a platform to perform and giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis said “These children have the talent, they have the fire in the belly, desire to excel but they lack resources which we will provide them and help them to realize their dreams”.

'Money Maker' The hypnotic Latin infused urban smash hit

After successfully launching DJ Snake’s `Premiere Classe Records’ in India, newly launched Independent Record Label, 9122 Records, is thrilled to exclusively release ”Money Maker”, a Latin infused Urban smash hit.“Money Maker” is the result of a scintillating collaborative effort between UK Popstar Tara McDonald and influential Latin Superstars Zion & Lennox. Dubbed the ‘Queen of Dance’ and described by Rolling Stone Magazine as "The white singer with the black voice", Tara has featured on numerous hit singles from the likes of Armand van Helden ("My My My"), Axwell ("Feel the Vibe") and more. However, her collaboration with David Guetta on "Delirious" was the turning point as the hit track ignited her solo career.

Reggaeton duo Zion & Lennox from Carolina, Puerto Rico, are one of the most influential Latin artistes around. Multi-Platinum and Billboard award winners, they have more than 50 hit singles and 2 Billboard Music Latin Awards - ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Artists’, 2016 - and 1 Latin American Music Award - `Urban Duo’, 2016. At the top of the charts since 2010, releasing collaborations with Pitbull, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Akon, Farruko, Nicky Jam and recently "No Es Justo" with J Balvin which stayed at No.1 in Latin American charts for 18 weeks! Zion & Lennox are now in the Top 100 Most Streamed artists in the world!

Say Tara McDonald,  "”Money Maker” is a song where music cultures collide, influenced by my travels around the world touring.  I'm most proud of this as I believe in racial equality, we are stronger together and the song reflects this message!  A melting pot of sounds and rhythms, from India, Asia, Latin America & Europe with a pop edge! And having pros Zion + Lennox on the track is a dream come true. They brought "Money Maker" to a whole new level with their swag and hooks! Proper gentlemen too, super fun to work with and brought their A game to this project!!"

Sunil D’Sa, Founder, 9122 Records said, “When I first heard “Money Maker”, I was blown away by its hypnotic Latin infused vibe. It’s such an incredibly fresh sounding English / Spanish urban record, where cultures collide.  Zion + Lennox are superstars in the Latin world and Tara McDonald is a pop sensation waiting to happen worldwide! I’m sure “Money Maker” will explode globally and will expand the fanbase of these artistes the world over including India!”

The official music video shot in Miami, follows a rags to riches story after Tara wins the big lottery, sharing her winnings with her friends and neighbours. Zion & Lennox deliver the cash prize. The party is in full swing!

Watch The Official Music Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3GvPdpliPo

Ed Sheeran &Justin Bieber joins forces...

Ed Sheeran joins forces with Justin Bieber on a new single “I don’t care” to release on Friday May 10th. After the huge success of his last album “Divide”,  India’s favourite artist Ed Sheeran has announced his new single “I Don’t Care” with none other than Justin Bieber. Says Ed,“ Hey guys if you didn’t know I have got a new song releasing on Friday... “. Adds on Arjun Sankalia, Head International Music & Publishing, Sony Music India “We are very excited and eagerly awaiting to release the Ed Sheeran - Justin Bieber song “I don’t care “. Ed's last song Shape of You is one of India's biggest hits and we believe this one will be even bigger. Ed’s fan following in India has grown massively and we can see this multiply. “

The pair hinted on this project last week with matching side-by-side pics with the caption "10," and since then fans were suspecting a collaboration. The last time the pair worked together was when Sheeran co-wrote Bieber's 2015 hit "Love Yourself" with Benny Blanco and Justin.

Hari & Sukhmani's new track..

Hari & Sukhmani featuring The Coconut Kids ,(Band from Australia) have released thier single "Baagay" which  will be available on Apple Music exclusively from May 10 to May 16 and worldwide on all platforms on May 17. When Hari & Sukhmani were asked about "Baagay" they had to say that' This is a fresh version of the more familiarly known ‘Punjabi Tappay’. Simply put, sweet flirtation’s between two lovers.For this track we have collaborated with a band called ‘The Coconut kids’, from Adelaide, Australia. Parts of this song have been recorded in a studio (built in a church) in Adelaide. The final stages of the  production and recording were finished in India. Mixing and Mastering of the track has been done in America by Bob Katz, a Grammy award winner.The session musicians on this track include:The legendary Yamla Jatt’s grandson, Vijay yamla, who has played all of the punjabi instruments (tumba, tumbi, bukchoo and algozey) & Shatrunjai Rai dewan from the electronic act Paraphoniks/monophonik on the electric piano. 

Each and every sound in this track has been recorded from an external instrument, which for us has been a very unique experience and hopefully comes through in the sound of the track. The entire process took a year of love, back and forth, and perseverance. And at the end of it, we have Baagay

4th IMPACT get a Swiss deal...

After participating in X Factor UK 2015, 4th IMPACT a famous Filipino pop music group, is
ready to settle down in the West, supported by the Swiss record and publishing label BAM
International. In the past four years, the sister-group Irene, Elvira, Mylene and Almira have refined their art with many appearances in the Philippines and in several Asian countries such as Korea,
Japan, Indonesia etc, which allowed them to shed off the image of a young, inexperienced
band and become new rising stars in the western world.Now that they have reached and exceeded more than 130 millions fans on YouTube they are ready to return to Europe and America with three albums in 5 years, the first of which will be released at the end of 2019. 4th IMPACT have just signed with BAM International, record label based in Geneva, Switzerland.

As Daniele Maggiore, CEO of BAM International puts it, “they are four sister with amazing
voices, voices that work so well together and many other talents that with a bit of help from
our side can become a truly successful act.” “For these reasons – he continues – we have
decided to give them a chance, to believe in them and to look forward to a bright and
cheerful future together”.“The experience at X Factor 2015 has been exhilarating, but now that we are workingtogether we feel ready to conquer new fans, both in Europe and America” concludes 4th
IMPACT 

Badshah releases track for Kids TV show...

It’s holiday time and the best part of the year for kids, and it just got better for them. ‘KickO and Super Speedo’ is one of the most loved kids show on Sony YAY now has Badshah-The man with the Swag, singing  a song inspired by the show. In the song Badshah encourages KickO to fight for justice and protect Suncity. The song by Badshah is in trademark by Badshah style and in the video you see KickO & Badshah sway to the beat and do the trademark #GoKickO hook step.
At he launch event for this track  Badshah said, "Since childhood, I have been fascinated by superheroes and animated characters and always wanted to be like one. When Sony YAY! approached me for the song, I was impressed with the variety of home grown content that they have created. The song gave me an opportunity to revisit my childhood with one of the coolest kid around, KickO! I was excited from the beginning. I am sure that KickO's style and our camaraderie, will be delightful offering for our young fans. I'd like to thank Sony YAY! for the opportunity to compose a song for kids and team me up with KickO!"
Ronojoy Chakraborty, Head- Programming, Sony YAY! said, "At Sony YAY! our endeavour has always been to offer something fresh for kids, which paved the way for our channel being one of the higest on time spent. We all are well aware of how much kids love KickO, for his swag and style, and who better than Badshah to take this cool-quotient a cut above. When we asked kids about their favourite music artist, Badshah was the unanimous choice! The new song is catchy and well give kids another reason to tap their feet."
Don’t be surprised when you see this track make Badshah the ‘Badshah’ for the kids too.

'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story' to release soon

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming tour documentary on Bob Dylan'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story' will chronicle the musician's 1975-76 tour will be released on Netflix and in selected cinemas on June 12, it has been announced.The legendary director has helmed a new film on tour and saw the musician performing with the likes of Joan Baez, Mick Ronson and T-Bone Burnett. The film has been described as “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream”.The film will feature on-camera interviews with Dylan, promises to “capture the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year”.

A companion 14-CD box set will also be released in June, with ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings’ collection now available to pre-order on Dylan’s official website.“A comprehensive anthology of music from the mythic first leg of Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue, this 14CD box set includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded,” a description of the box set reads.It was announced that Dylan would be opening his own music venue and whisky distillery in Nashville.

The late Jazz legend Chris Perry honoured...

The late Jazz legend Chris Perry was honoured in his hometown in Margao, Goa, where a road behind the Holy Spirit Church was named after him. The Chris Perry Road was inaugurated by his friends Louiz Banks and Braz Gonsalves also Jazz legends in their own right.

Chris Perry was a Goan Musician, Composer, Songwriter and Film producer. Chris Perry was an exceptionally gifted trumpeter, but he was also at ease with blowing instruments as saxophone, trumpet and flute as well as finger instruments like keyboard, piano and guitar. He learnt to read and write music all by himself. His performance of the music composition Cherry Pink and the Apple Blossom White breathlessly on trumpet earned him the sobriquet as the Man with the Golden Trumpet. His birth name has been reported as Christovam Pereira as well as Christopher Pereira.

Chris Perry revolutionized the Konkani music scene by introducing jazz music and he is credited with taking Konkani popular music to a new level.He was responsible for discovering for Konkani music the hidden talent of Lorna and brought out the very best in her in the sweet and forceful voice of Lorna is still famous. He introduced Konkani music to singers like Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Usha Uthup. Mohammed Rafi sang Bom Jezuchea re Konventant, Maria, Combea Sadari and Noxibak Roddtam. Usha Uthup in her inimitable voice has sung Meu Amor, Tum ani Hanv. The famous tiatrist H. Britton has also sung his compositions, which are Marialina, Kazarachem Utor, Bandra Festak, Bus Conductor, Dukhrachi Chevrisam. Hema Sardesai sang Sacrament Zodlo and other songs in his album Cu Cu Ru Cu.

Chris Perry ventured into Hindi films and served the film industry for twenty-five years as assistant to Hindi film music directors. He performed in many Hindi films notably in Kabhi Kabhi and Trishul. He formed a band and they played at hotels in the major Indian cities. Chris Perry has the distinction of producing the first Konkani colour film Bhuierantlo Munis in 1978 in which singer Asha Bhonsle has rendered some songs.


His music standard is compared to that of famous musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Chick Corea. Chris Perry took the traditional Goan style of music and blended it well with the Western Jazz.
His musical shows Nhovro Mhozo Denvchar, Tum ani Hanv, Lob Padricho have become successful. Some of his well-known albums are Carnival in Goa, From Dubai with Love, Mhoji mai, Poilo Kiss. At his funeral, a brass band played Chris' own composition Adeus (Goodbye).

Chris Perry did not receive the recognition due to him. His only major award was the Best Composer award in 1974.Now he has a street with his name. God bless Chris Perry.

'Slow Motion' Singer's career has taken off

Nakash Aziz is a Singe Music & Composer and early in his career he had assisted Grammy winner A. R. Rahman as backing Vocalist and Vocal supervisor on films like Highway, Raanjhanaa, Rockstar, Delhi 6 and I in Hindi. He is known for playback of songs like "Jabra Fan" from Fan,"Sari Ke Fall Sa" and "Gandi Baat" from the film Rajkumar (2013) and "Dhating Nach" from film Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (2013); the latter two films of which were picturized on Shahid Kapoor & "Selfie le re" from Bajrani Bhaijaan to name a few. His very recent project is from movie 'Bharat' in which he has sung 'Slow Motion' picturized on Salman Khan and Disha Patani. Aziz is originally from Moodabidri, a small suburban town on the outskirts of Mangalore.He belongs to a family of singers. He worked as a composer for jingles and devotional albums before becoming a playback singer. He now lives in Mumbai with his family. As of now, after the success of 'Slow Motion'his career has taken off to Fast Motion. 

 

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Immerse yourself in the three tenses of Trikala

Simon Thacker is a composer, classical guitarist, improviser and ensemble leader whose ever expanding musical world draws on a deep immersion in diverse cultures.He has been described by the media as “one of the most important musicians of his generation". As well as touring as a classical guitar soloist, he has also developed some of today’s most prescient ensembles: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti, a world leading Indo-Western collective which has seen him tour and collaborate at major festivals in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Simon's startlingly original music has propelled many traditions forward and created a new frontier for classical guitar. His pieces have been played on radio in over 50 countries. As an educator, he has been classical guitar tutor at Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College for over a decade. He has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the RSNO.

Svara-Kanti has just released the epic double album Trikala (the Sanskrit word for the three tenses of time, past, present and future),creating new sound worlds through his immersion in Indian classical, folk and spiritual traditions. After 3 action packed years and recorded  in three locations (East Lothian in Scotland, and Chennai and Kolkata in India),it is not fusion but an organic extension of traditions or the creation of new genres. Trikala sees Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti metamorphose into a community of different lineups (thirteen performers in all) which each take inspiration from four different aspects of the vast musical macrocosm that exists on the Indian subcontinent: Hindustani classical (north), Carnatic classical (south), Punjabi folk (west) and the Bengali mystical folk Baul tradition of both India and Bangladesh (east). There is also a major solo work with a tangential Tamil inspiration, one of Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore’s best loved melodies reimagined and a moving transformation of India’s “National Song”.

Unity comes from Thacker, as the single compositional voice that has either created or recreated all of the work on both albums, and the symbiotic relationship between the performers who, whether in the most breathtakingly intricate composition or ferocious and intuitive improvisation, search for truth and essence selflessly together. Ancient forms are refracted in the present to propel them forward to the future, travelling beyond East and West to genuinely create a third direction genuinely of itself. Trikala offers a window into the evolving soul of traditions and the world of one of today’s most expansive music creators. Traversing over 2 hours and 18 minutes of some of the most advanced intercultural music ever recorded, Trikala is a work of rapturous forward momentum and a pivotal moment in the history of Indo-Western collaboration. Svara-Kanti invites you to immerse yourself in the three tenses of Trikala. 

The album also features leading Musicians like : Raju Das Baul (voice, khomok), Sunayana Ghosh (tabla), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira), N. Guruprasad (ghatam), Justyna Jablonska (cello), Japjit Kaur (voice), Afsana Khan (voice), Sarvar Sabri (tabla), Jacqueline Shave (violin), Sukhvinder Singh “Pinky” (tabla), Neyveli B. Venkatesh (mridangam), Forida Yasmin (voice) 

Sapna Choudhary's latest release featuring Daler Mehndi

Haryanvi singer and dancer, Sapna Choudhary, who has many times set the stage on fire with her sizzling thumkas, is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Dosti Ke Side Effects. If there is one song that is played in every wedding or party and compels everyone to hit the floor, then it is Sapna Choudhary’s Teri Aankhya Yo Kaajal. The Haryanvi sensation enjoys a massive fan following who religiously like to see her performances and wait for her to show off her moves. While Sapna till now was only known for her amazing performances, she is now all set to step up her game and make her singing debut. 
However, for her singing debut, Sapna Choudhary will be teaming up with Punjabi sensation Daler Mehndi. Former Bigg Boss 11 contestant Sapna and Daler’s song 'Bawli Tared' released recently. Daler took to social media to tweet about the details of the song and mentioned that Bawli Tared will feature Sapna Choudhary and him and it will have flavours of Haryanvi folk in it as well. 

Justin Bieber working on 'Top Secret' Project...

Pop star Justin Bieber is teaming up with Youtube bosses for a “top secret” project set to premiere in 2020. Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s chief business officer, said while announcing the deal recently, “It promises to be one of the most talked-about YouTube originals ever,”. YouTube announced that it is planning that the project with the Grammy-winning Canadian pop star is set to premiere next year.
Before releasing his debut song in 2009, Bieber gained popularity from posting his performances on YouTube. He went on to top the pop charts with hits like “Sorry” and “Boyfriend,” win a Grammy Award and tour the world.   The project will serve as a full circle moment for the singer, who was discovered at the age of 13 by manager Scooter Braun after he posted videos of himself singing cover songs on the platform. He is also the most-followed music artist on YouTube, with over 44.5 million subscribers to his channel.

Neecia Majolly wins at the Indie Music Channel Awards, USA

Neecia Majolly is a leading Concert Pianist,Conductor, Singer, Teacher and Composer.Neecia is also the Founder-Trustee of the Majolly Music Trust which aims to raise the standard of Western Classical Music in India and has the unique distinction of having created a pension fund for aged and infirm musicians due to absence of any framework of social security in India.

Neecia Majolly ]recently won an award for the Best Alternative Song 'Fenced Circle'at the Indie Music Channel Awards, USA the event washeld  at the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum.Indie Music Channel Awards is that it celebrates independent musicians from all around the world, without public voting and popularity numbers. Just a good ol' jury deciding who the best are. She shared the stage with Darlene KoldenhovenKitt WakeleyGrayhawk David GibneyTerryLee Whetstone and many more, who are stellar musicians in their respective categories, and who won big that night! Not forgetting George Kurian who co-wrote the lyrics of 'Fenced Circle. Congretulations.....

 

 

 

 

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Neecia Majolly,  Valeska Thomas Abe Thomas,  George KurianDarlene KoldenhovenKitt WakeleyGrayhawk David GibneyTerryLee Whetstone

Music Streaming Competition Hotting Up

Music streaming services have today become the preferred platform for music consumption and competition is certainly hotting up. Recently Indian music streaming platform Gaana announced that it was the first streaming service in India to cross the 100 million mark in monthly active users (MAUs). This according to the company is expected to reach 200 million MAUs in the next couple of years. However JioSaavn, the merged entity of Saavn another leading player and Reliance’s Jio Music, has also claimed to have crossed the 100 million MAU mark. The platform claims to have 104 million MAUs and asserts that it is the largest music streaming service in the country.

Notwithstanding the claims and counterclaims, Gaana and JioSaavn are undisputedly the two biggest players in the music streaming space in India. But with the recent entry of Spotify, the world’s largest streaming platform, in India, the scenario could change significantly. In the very first week following the launch of its service Spotify claimed to have clocked a million MAUs and at present crossed the 2 million mark. And when you take into account other important players like Apple Music and Amazon Prime, competition to woo consumers is bound to get pretty stiff.

Since its merger a year back, JioSaavn has grown rapidly and recently offered a discount deal on its premium service JioSaavn Pro at Rs 299 for a one year subscription, which normally costs Rs 999. Gaana too has come out with a similar offer for its premium service Gaana Plus at Rs 299 for a one year subscription as against the regular price of Rs 1098. Spotify’s premium service is at present available at Rs 1189 for a year.

Is it the Spotify effect or the Jio effect, we don’t know but its good news for consumers.

Save The World - Musical Ode To Victims of Sri Lanka

On Easter Sunday, the world mourned the innocent lives that were abruptly ended in Sri Lanka. But for three specific artists, Apache Indian, Jim Beanz and Destiny, it made them reflect with truly heavy hearts, recalling their first and only visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka at the end of 2016. They happily traveled across the world to shoot a music video for their song “Save The World” which emphasized different social, economic, cultural, racial and religious issues.  For award-winning songwriter and music producer, Jim Beanz, aka James Washington, this was his debut as a director and editor of a music video, after being totally inspired by the message in the song he conceptualized and wrote and chose Sri Lanka to carry out his vision. Cinnamon Hotels, who was a target for these heinous acts, believed in the message of the song and came on board to sponsor parts of the video. The idea behind the video was a simple one ...the artists would be walking thru the streets of Columbo, witnessing different acts of violence, turmoil and divide, stumbling into a peaceful church that they would use as a safe haven as they saw a woman praying. The ultimate message was about uniting races and cultures to show that we are all human and that we must stand together for the common goal of bettering the world! 

Multi platinum reggae/pop singer/song writer and philanthropist, Apache Indian, born Steven Kapur, had this to say about the music video and song.. “This song “Save The World” was inspired by random, horrific, senseless attacks across the globe that have led to innocent people losing their lives.  I personally feel frustrated like millions of others about what we can do in the aftermath of watching such devastation. Devastation that is the result of the bad intentions and evil minds of certain people, but it effects millions of good people and shakes the calm and peace we all strive so hard to create in our own worlds daily. We as songwriters have the power of words, melodies and music to express how we feel. We know that music is powerful and brings healing and change. This song in particular was conceptualized and written by Jim Beanz and we traveled all the way to Columbo, Sri Lanka to shoot the video. We felt the need to bring artists from across the globe to combine their talents to push out a strong message. Our emotions and feelings were captured in this song which ironically is now so relevant to Sri Lanka, the country, and its’ beautiful people, and I believe they’ll find some solace when they hear this song and reflect on the horrible events that just occurred there on Easter Weekend. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with the people of Sri Lanka and I hope thru this song we can continue to spread a message of peace, while asking who is going to ‘Save the World’? Only good people can do this as they must band together and stand strong to overcome the ill intentions of a few and we must not let them break our spirit or our own good intentions! Our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka, which is one of the most peaceful places we have visited and we all immediately became attached to the people, culture and country, so sending our strength and courage to everyone there today and always.”

Now, along with the rest of the world, these musicians are left broken hearted, that a country who once welcomed them are now suffering! However, through this song and the video that was filmed in the very streets where lives were lost, they wish for the healing process to slowly begin. Their hope is that through this video and song, people appreciate and find strength in the fact that “Save The World” was shot in beloved Sri Lanka and that one day soon the people can rise and stand tall again.”

Link to music video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVoHzz1VOBA&list=RDaVoHzz1VOBA&start_radio=1

Lyrics of "Save the World"

Intro

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

 

Verse 1

Summertime but yeah me feeling cold now

Devastation all over the place how

Living got me walking with me head down

What we doing? What are we doing?

Another day, another die

The media will lie

Cus they don’t wanna tell ya what is going on

They know you can’t control a gun

But give it to the man

Him pull the trigger now they say what’s going on

B - Section

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

Oh no we can’t tek no more violence

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

Oh you can never mek us be silent

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

We can eliminate the problem

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

And now I wanna know

Hook

Who’s gonna save the world

Tell me now

Who’s gonna be the one

Tell me now

Who’s gonna save the world ya ya ya yeh

The world ya ya ya yeh

Tomorrows never promised, if I’m been honest

Who’s gonna save the world ya ya ya yeh

The world ya ya ya yeh

Who gonna save, Who gonna save

Who gonna save the world tonight (Repeat)

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

Verse 2

Me no wanna see nobody hurt no more

Me no feel like me safe in a church no more

Cus the people dying they on life support

Yeah the people dying they on life support yeah

 

They got us voting for the rich

With all dem politics

And they don’t even tell us what’s going on

Meanwhile the poor is staying poor

Kids sleeping on the floor

Somebody help me, I don’t what’s going on…yeah

B - Section

Hook

Audio link: https://open.spotify.com/track/5p2x2vHlMyWT6wORjoIeRP?si=s-y9WI-pTH2g_49NUgWZGw

“Save The World”
Apache Indian feat. Destiny 
 
Co written by Jim Beanz and Apache Indian and produced by Jim Beanz.
2017 copyright Sunset Entertainment Group.

Bud say's 'BE A KING'

Budweiser Experiences recently launched their campaign– ‘Be A King’, a powerful narrative that bolsters individuals to seize their opportunity to shine, brought to life by three inspirational protagonists – Divine (India’s leading hip hop artist), Siri Narayan (an acclaimed rapper) and Mokshada Jailkhani (a body positive dancer). ‘Be a King’ is an attitude, a mindset, and a war cry to young Indians who have the confidence to break barriers and stereotypes, and seize their opportunity to shine.

Directed by Gil Green, an internationally acclaimed director who has directed videos for Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled among others, this campaign is his first project in India. Set in an urban underground nightclub with eclectic lighting that resembles a crown, Divine is seen rapping his vision of what makes a true king, and challenges the audience to seize their moment. Siri takes up the challenge with an almost fierce confidence, and eloquently raps her stance in Kannada. The story is complemented by Mokshada, a flagbearer of body positivity, who expresses herself through a riveting dance, unanimously conveying that Kings are not born, they are made as a result of their mindset, grit and ambition.

Commenting on the campaign, Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing - South Asia, AB InBev opined, “When it comes to expressing oneself, people are often conscious of being perceived as different and restrict themselves to conform to social norms. We know that our consumers seek the freedom to live the life they desire and seize opportunity to confidently be themselves. ‘Be A King’ is just that, an attitude that energizes you to follow your ambition, free from all judgement. For this project, we are thrilled to have collaborated with Divine, Siri and Mokshada – individuals who truly represent this spirit and resonate with the Budweiser brand ideal.”

Adding to the new narrative, Vivian Fernandes aka DIVINE shared, ““It’s great to partner with Budweiser, a brand that is always inspiring you to be unstoppable and driven. Personally for me, ‘Be A King’ is about being true to yourself and representing that. Over the years, through my journey, I have come to realise how important it is to challenge the norm and be proud of your individuality.”

Siri Narayan commented, “When one thinks of rap, one thinks of free flowing thoughts. But for me, rap is a mirror of myself which I am most comfortable expressing in my mother tongue. I often make a commentary on society in my songs, but I have never let society command the way I express it. I believe that we are all kings in our own unique way.”

Mokshada Jailkhani expressed, “Self-acceptance has played a key role in where I stand today. For me, ‘Be A King’ signifies a confident owner of ones’ own life and choices. Find your passion, go after it and Be a King!”

Watch Budweiser’s ‘Be A King’ feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T90h7tfjxGo

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Divine (India’s leading hip hop artist), Siri Narayan (an acclaimed rapper) and Mokshada Jailkhani (a body positive dancer)Directed by Gil Green @Lil Wayne, @Drake, @Nicki Minaj @DJ Khaled @  @Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing - South Asia, AB InBev @Ria Chowdhary

Saregama files copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify

A copyright infringement suit was brought by Saregama against Spotify and heard by Delhi's High Court.
and Spotify  has just agreed to remove the content of Saregama, within the next fortnight. Saregama claims that,it entered into negotiations with Spotify for a copyright license and permitted Spotify to upload its content a month ahead of it's launch in India. Saregama did not sign a deal with Spotify formally and hence Spotify has agreed to pull down the content.

Spotify is having a tough time manuvering the Indian market, it having a hard time.On it launch Warner Music Group refused to license itt's content fot the territory of India. Spotify went ahead using a statutory license which Warner claims as bogus, the legal issue is still to be sorted out.That being an Internatinal label is likely to be sorted out inernationally but not having Saregama catalog is going to pinch hard till a settlement is reached.   
 

From Darjeeling with Love....

Priyant Sundas is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston. The first musician from his hometown Darjeeling, India, and recipient of the Asian Scholarship Award, Berklee Achievement Grant, and was awarded a place in the Dean’s List several times He is the Founder, Composer, and Writer of the Priyant’s Darjeeling Groove, a Fusion Jazz Band.

Priyant started learning Guitar at a very young age of four, and his musical styles are highly influenced by Fusion, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, Indian Classical. Singer-Songwriter Shankar Mahadevan also recognized Priyant Sundas talent at the Storm Festival held recently. Priyant’s debut album ‘Blended’ is a unique fusion album blending soundscapes from different genres of music, creating a conglomeration of Indian Hindustani Classical,Jazz, Nepali Folk. It’s a journey from the East to the West, blasting onto the far reaches of sounds, in a quest to discover the unknown.

In the album, ‘Heartsky’ is an original Indian Classical composition by Pt. Prakash Sontakke, and Priyant worked on rearranging the composition to add Jazz elements to the tune. ‘Bending Yaman’, is a traditional Indian Raga based composition where the Raag Yaman has been blended to add different melodic, jazz, and harmonic modulations. The song ‘Maya’ in the album is a folk fusion song, which has used the traditional Indian Instruments and orchestrated with strings to create a modern pop Jazz sound with a folk base. The track ‘Nandini Chulbulee’ on the other hand is a country based light acoustic feel song; this track is unique as it has a very subtle blend of European flavor at the same time Nepali Folk sound. This track has a very defining use of accordion, complimented by a cello. The track ‘Dreaming’ starts off as a soft rock but gradually opens up to Latinand Bossa Nova feel and goes into a jazz improvisational setting, creating an uncertainty and redefining genres and eventually ending on a Hard Rock Guitar Solo.’ Love is You and Me’ is 80’s Pop-Jazz feel song. The song actually uses a concept of Hindustani Classical Music known as Alap. In the beginning of the song there is an instrumental piano Alap on a guitar drone. The song is a duet and has an old school vibe.

Priyant's Darjeeling Groove comprises of well accomplished musicians from different countries such as Drummer, Juan Felipe Mejia Tobon from Columbia; Saxophonist, Ori Jacobson from Isareal; Bassist, Simon Fagerstedt from Sweden; Keyboard Player, Myles Sweeney from USA; and Sound Engineer, MN Srikar from India. Priyant is currently working on his second album, "Fallen Dreams"!

Check the album at Priyant Sundas’ official YouTube channel:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQseX2rINS9pjI_XLIXTBjA

Shaggy sings for Mika Singh's latest..

Ace singer and ‘live wire’ performer, Mika Singh has collaborated with Grammy award winner Shaggy, for a peppy new single titled Belly Ring. This groovy dance number was launched  recently. Speaking of the latest track, singer Mika Singh says “This was a great opportunity to be collaborating with Shaggy, it was an out of the world experience and we both knew how the track had to shape.I am pleased to launch Belly Ring song. I am excited to see the viewer’s response and I am confident that the song will rock the charts in India.”
Belly Ring an upbeat foot tapping track is composed by Mann Singh, Gora Singh & Mika Singh and the lyrics for the track are by Mika Singh & Gora Singh. The groovy music video featuring Shaggy and Mika is directed by Spiff TV. The song is recorded by Music & Sound, the company dedicated to entertain music lovers around the globe.
Commenting on the launch of Belly Ring, Rajitta Hemwani, Senior Vice President Creative content and New Business 9X Media said “We are excited to have Mika on board with SpotlampE for his latest track Belly Ring. This track is his collaboration with Shaggy and its going to be a winner all the way. At SpotlampE.com, we have been planning to work with Mika for a long time and having the Belly Ring track on our platform will definitely get the song the right traction and humungous eyeballs that it deserves. SpotlampE.com is patronised by ‘GenZ’ and the millennial consumers who always discover great music on the platform. I am confident Belly Ring songs’ ascend to the top of the music charts will be super quick!”
The cool dance music video of Belly Ring is shot across picturesque locales of Miami and the luxe hip look will resonate with the millennial population in India. Belly Ring will be promoted across all social media platforms of 9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9X Tashan. The track will be played and promoted across SpotlampE.com
 

 

Danny Boyle's latest is a Musical...

'Yesterday' is an upcoming 2019 British musical comedy film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, from a story by Jack Barth. It stars Himesh Patel as a musician who, after an accident, finds himself in a world where he is the only person who remembers The Beatles, and becomes famous performing their songs as his own. Lily James, Kate McKinnon, and Ed Sheeran also star.

Jack Malik is a struggling musician. After being hit by a bus during a worldwide blackout, Jack awakens in the hospital, and discovers that he seems to now be living in a world where The Beatles never existed. Performing their music, he soon becomes a pop sensation in the eyes of the media and the adoring public.
 
It will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 4 May 2019.[1] The film will be released on 28 June 2019 by Universal Pictures.

Watch the Trailer here: https://www.yesterdaymovie.com/

The official launch of Sterling Reserve Music Project

Allied Blenders and Distillers in collaboration with Universal Music India, today, announced the official launch of the Sterling Reserve Music Project, the region’s first enabler platform to discover, incubate and promote emerging musical talent from India on a global scale.As part of the launch, Sterling Reserve Music Project introduced the fourth release on the platform, “YoYo” by, upcoming talent, R.S. Chauhan featuring Ikka, a prominent Punjabi rapper and Rishi Rich, a prominent music producer. The single is an original composition where an established singer has mentored an emerging artist.

The evening began with Devraj Sanyal Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia, Bikram Basu COO, Allied Blenders & Distillers and Olivier Robert-Murphy Global head, Universal Music Group and Brands, sharing insights about the platform and throwing light on the overall vision. This was followed by a performance showcase by recently launched artists and their tracks, namely – Anushqa with “Hear Me”, Left Turn with “Dil Mera” and Arunaja with “Broken.”The fourth track, set to release globally on Sterling Reserve Music Project, “YoYo,” was a high energy performance by R.S. Chauhan and Ikka.

Commenting on the launch, Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers said, “We are excited to build this very enabling Sterling Reserve Music Project. We find artists and artists find us. It provides young talent with a platform to showcase their work to the fullest. Universal Music has the critical understanding of music and the talent ecosystem- and we share the passion. The brand idea is to Chase the Next- unearthing new talent, contemporary sound works perfectly for us.”

Providing insight into the Project, Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia said “The purpose of Sterling Reserve Music Project is to incubate and grow unique talent in India. A culturally rich nation like India has an abundance of creative talent and this platform aims to act as a catalyst to create a significant music-driven movement in India. We already have strong proof of the concept being successful based on the runaway success of our first three songs. We are now confident that our fourth track “YoYo” will be received with even more love and support from the region.”

Punjabi rapper, Ikka said, “I’m so excited to present R.S. Chauhan’s sound to the world on Sterling Reserve Music Project. It’s heartening to see a platform like Sterling Reserve Music Project enable young artists, like R.S. Chauhan and breakout their releases in such a meaningful way. I was really happy to work with Rishi Rich and get his support on the song “YoYo.”

The Sterling Reserve Music Project (https://bit.ly/2CGqYH4) is India’s first enabler platform for independent music and aims to be one of the largest incubators for music talent in India. The Project will produce 20 titles in the next 2 years through 5 established artists and 15 upcoming artists.

BUDX Experiences Concludes Its 2nd Edition.

Budweiser Experiences concluded the epic first day of its 360° experiential platform, BUDX, recently, at the iconic Mehboob Studio in Mumbai. The programme is focused on the development and collaboration of artists within four vastly expanding sub-cultural sounds currently shaping India's music landscape - Techno / EDM, Bass, Hip-Hop and Undercurrent. The outset of the festival witnessed a power packed bunch of music enthusiasts all gathered to revel in the collective and empowering vibe of the platform, in the presence of some revered and budding home-grown and international artists.
The daytime programme hosted an assortment of integrated masterclasses and discussions with insightful topics such as, ‘The Challenges of the 21st Century DJ’ by Arjun Vagale and Zainub Rao; ‘Equalising Music Spaces In India And Beyond’ by Tom Birtwistle (British Council), Pooja Bangad (The EQ Way) and Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson (Discwoman); ‘The Age Of Music Discovery And Saturation’ by Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport), Mohammed Abood (Boxout.FM) and Akshat Harbola (Spotify India). It also witnessed masterclasses rooted in the subjects of Beats per Minute, Sez On The Beat’s creative process, influences & a live demonstration conducted by Sez On The Beat and Mo Joshi (Azadi Records). The evening concluded with larger-than-life performances by artists and platforms such as Sub Focus, Boiler Room, OX7GEN, _RHL, Aamish, DJ Mocity, Dreamstates, Vilify, Tsunami Soup Collective, and.
Commenting on the success of Day 1, Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing- South Asia, AB InBev, opined “At Budweiser, we are such avid fans of the music soundscape and vibe in general, that we are always thrilled to put our best foot forward and provide our partners and patrons with one-of-a-kind experiences, that fuel the growth of the industry as a whole. Similarly with BUDX, we are on a journey to provide understated sounds and maestros the attention and materials they seek, to support their artistic journeys and learning processes. We were ecstatic to witness Mehboob Studio, in its entirety, reverberating with such great tunes and passion, that only makes us further strengthen our resolve of energizing music makers and consumers alike.”
With a staggering attendance at its second edition, BUDX concluded Day 2 with unparalleled experiences inclusive of some inspiring workshops, stellar performances and a perfect location, paving its way into the hearts of the Indian music enthusiasts. The second day of the music fiesta witnessed interactive workshops and masterclasses by maestros diving deep into the nuances of the emerging music culture in India.
The discussions were rooted in topical yet under-discussed themes such as; a workshop on ‘Discwoman: How To Set Up An Inclusive Artist Agency?’ by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson and Christine Mccharen-tran; dialogs such as ‘Building a creative ecosystem, future marketing and responsible clubbing’ by Kunal Lodhia (Magnetic Fields Festival), Adelaide Lawson (Born N Bread), Divya Ravichandran (Skrap) moderated by Ruhi Batra (Wild City); ‘Self-care vs Self Destruction – The Viscous Cycle of Being a creative’ by Sahej Bakshi (Dualist Inquiry), Bao-tran tran (mobilegirl), Vehroin Ibrahim (True School of Music) moderated by Kripir Malviya (TATVA), and ‘From the gully to where?: the genres of hip-hop in India’ by Dharmesh Parmar (MC Tod Fod), MO Joshi (Azadi Records), Deepa Unnikrishnana (DEE MC), moderated by Bhanuj Kappal. Followed by the masterclass, the evening descended into a live gig at both the warehouse and District stage with an opening act by Lifafa. Keeping the momentum high throughout the gig, the event witnessed performances by Spacejams, Jamie Tiller, Detroit In Effect, DJ Ishani, Madstarbase, Seedhe Maut X Sez on the Beat and Foreign Beggars. The finale set by DIVINE got the entire crowd grooving along making it a magical evening.
Commenting on the success of Day 2, Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing-South Asia, AB InBev, opined, “At Budweiser, we strive hard to provide emerging and local artists with the right platform and direction that they seek. With collaborative efforts, we are certain that the brand is on the path to open gateways for the emerging music culture and artists. The overwhelming response BUDX received over the past two days stands testament of the sheer scope of the understated music industry of India. We are excited to be the energizers of such momentous events and look forward to the forthcoming edition of BUDX.”

Clinton Cerejo and Amitabh Bachan work together

Clinton Cerejo composed and sung an upbeat song, Aukaat along with Mr Amitabh Bachchan for the upcoming film, Badla. Aukaat is a high octane track in which Mr Bachchan is seen rapping along with Clinton Cerejo, Jizzy and Amit Mishra. The track has garnered immense appreciation and has been trending across various platforms.
Talking about his experience, Clinton Cerejo shares “ Aukaat is incorporated according to the theme of the film suggesting mystery and machismo and it's a privilege to have Mr Bachchan himself render the vocals on this track who delivered it with so much ease that he totally owns the song. Two amazing writers - Siddhant Kaushal and Jizzy helped me create the frenzy ending that the song has. Amit Mishra to joins in on the higher octave in the chorus & it sketches the essence of an edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
He further adds “It has been a beautiful experience working on this song and an honour to work with Mr Bachchan so closely. I have often heard that Mr Bachchan is a thorough professional but working with him, made me realize the intensity of this statement. He was particular about getting it perfect and even in this brief encounter with him I have personally learnt a great deal.”
Sharing a laugh Mr Bachchan says “I am humbled with all the love and appreciation the track has been receiving. This is my 3rd track with Clinton and it’s always fun recording with him. Initially, it seemed challenging but once we started, it became a lot more fun. Not to mention, Amit and Jizzy were also truly supportive throughout. I would like to jam with all them more often.”
The song which released last week is the promotional track of the film Badla which stars Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu. The film has been directed by Sujoy Ghosh and releases in cinemas on 8th March  2019. Mr Bachchan has sung on Clinton’s composition earlier Kyo Re from the movie TE3N and Ekla Cholo Re from Kahani.
Track link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xQttvSJNa4

KEI adds to it's product list...

The professional audiovisual industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, comprising the manufacturers, dealers, systems integrators, consultants, programmers, presentations professionals and technology managers of audiovisual products and services. Kripa Electronics India has forayed their way in the industry as one of the leading distributors.With a mission to provide the Indian market with the best audio experience possible, they also offer distribution and consultancy services. Kei Hi-fi brings the finest international audio brands so that clients experience only the best

KEI is founded by Sanjay Chawla who is a Veteran and renowned figure in the audio industry.  After spending two decades outside the country, he came back to India with a vision to bring the highest quality Audio-Visual products with him. 4 years and 400 products later that vision has become a reality

JVC is the latest brand we have taken onboard by KEI.  The intrenational partners will be in Mumbai for the occassion of this partnership, Mr.Tomohito Akagawa-GM, project management div, JVC KENWOOD corp, Mr.Yasuyuki Yagi, manager, PJ marketing, JVC KENWOOD corp, Mr.Amane Hosokubo, Managing director, JVC KENWOOD corp.

Concerts and corporate events are among the most obvious venues where audiovisual equipment is used in a staged environment. Providers of this type of service are known as rental and staging companies, although they may also be served by an in-house technology team e.g., in a hotel or conference center and KEI has been the best in the industry.

 

Budweiser and Divine Unite to elevate the Hip-Hop scene

Budweiser Experiences has united with the face of Indian hip-hop and the inspiration for ‘Gully Boy’ - DIVINE, emphasizing on its promise to give stage to emerging talent a stage while redefining the local music narrative. The brand with their ‘Be A King’ narrative has always believed in the new generation, who play by their own beat and know how to seize and own the moment; DIVINE in many ways defines this.

The year-long partnership marks the brand’s foray into hip-hop in the country, aiding them to further strengthen their local music programme – BUDx.

DIVINE aka Vivian Fernandes, is an underground rapper hailing from Mumbai and is known for his power and passion to rise above and fight hard to turn his rapping dreams into reality. Imbibing a ‘brewed the hard way’ personality, a quality that fittingly signifies the embedded beliefs of the brand, lends deeper quintessence to the synergy between the king of rap and the king of beer. The collaboration aims to bolster endeavors aimed at supporting and growing the local music scene; with a promise of experiences that are truly representative of the brand and its core ideals.  

Commenting on the partnership with DIVINE, Kartikeya Sharma, VP Marketing – South Asia, AB InBev said, “We are beyond thrilled to have DIVINE on board. It’s surreal to watch the music scene in India accelerate at the pace at which it currently has been, with a lot of lesser known genres and their respective artists now taking center-stage. Our partnership with DIVINE is reflective of a strong and similar commitment towards leading and shaping the budding music scene in India. The combined effort will surely help steer the needle towards covert yet emerging music genres enabling them to garner the recognition they truly deserve.”

Adding to the excitement, Vivian Fernandes aka DIVINE said, “I am super excited to be associated with Budweiser! There is a genuine sense of pride to be associated with brands that truly feel and believe what you believe, making this alliance really special. Together, we look forward to making some great music and push hip-hop through our collective journey.”

Emeli Sande MBE releases new single

Multi-platinum, award-winning recording artist  Extraordinary Being taken from her stunning upcoming new album Real Life, out June 21st. The track is released in collaboration with X-Men; Dark Phoenix. Evoking the spirit and exuberance of the disco era, Extraordinary Being sees Emeli push her sound further than ever. Opening with sparse piano chords, the track quickly builds with propulsive drum taps and funky guitar rhythms, before delving into that disco sound with the addition of sweeping strings. All the while, Emeli delivers an incredible, soulful vocal performance.

Speaking about the meaning behind the song, Emeli said: “Extraordinary Being is about exposing the lie that we are ordinary. We are extraordinary. It is about reminding people of their innate greatness which exists in everyone. The extraordinary is not just for some people, it is for all of us. I hope the lyrics will help those lacking in confidence to be reminded of their super powers. The accompanying music video, which was directed by Sarah McColgan sees Emeli delving into a cosmic world, interspersed with scenes taken from the film.  Emeli said about teaming up for the track,

“Fox approached me about collaborating with them on a song for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.  I already had ‘Extraordinary Being’ in the works, and when I saw the film was blown away at how the lyrics of the song matched the journey of the lead character,” Emeli said about teaming up for the collaboration,“It really felt like the perfect fit!”. Extraordinary Being is the latest song to be taken from Real Life, an album recorded following an intense personal journey of self-doubt and self-discovery that marks a brand-new chapter and with it a bold, confident and fearless new sound. It’s an album emblematic of an artist emerging from that period defiant and powerful. Feeling attuned with the disenfranchised state of the world, the vision for Real Life is to give people hope and confidence.

With over 340 million video views, 19 million singles sold including 3 number one UK singles and over 6 million albums, Emeli Sandé has dominated the music industry and captured the heart of the Nation. Her debut album Our Version of Events, released in 2012, was the biggest selling album of that year and the second biggest of 2013. The album also broke the chart record for the most consecutive weeks inside the Top 10, breaking the 50-year record previously held by The Beatles. The singer has won numerous accolades including 4 x Brit Awards (Critics Choice, Best Album and Female Solo twice, most recently in 2017 for her second album, Long Live the Angels) and in 2018 was awarded an MBE for services to Music.

ABOUT X-MEN DARK PHOENIX: Dark Phoenix is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

India's biggest gamer Carryminati meets Alan Walker

Alan Walker the Norwegian DJ and record producer, best known for his 2015 single "Faded" which received diamond certification in Germany and multi-platinum certifications in over 10 countries including the US and the UK. He released his debut studio album, Different World, in 2018. He was ranked 36th on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list of 2018.Alan Walker is also an avid gamer. His new single 'On My Way' was released to celebrate the first anniversary of mobile game PUBG.On his recent visit he met up with India’s biggest gamer Carryminati who interviewed him. In this 10+ min video, the two are seen chatting on various topics and also indulging in some fun truth and dare. This video has amassed 2MN views in less than a week, #3 on Trending on YT in less than 24 hours. Carry is a hugely popular guy – known as India’s biggest gamer and was recently listed by TIME as one of the Top 10 ‘Next Generation Leaders’ of 2019 in the world!.

Get to know Joelene Dove

Joelene Dove is an Independent Artist- Singer, Music Producer, Lyricist and Composer based in Delhi  In June 2019, Joelene Dove is coming up with an assortment of a few of her songs, an EP she calls ‘Maazi’ (meaning ‘Past') rightly so, since it contains her songs from the past and a latest single too. She’s also releasing 2 videos supporting the new single ‘Tukda- Tukda', and another for the song ‘Maazi. ‘Maazi’, in terms of music and song list, is closest to Joelene's heart…and one can see a plethora of emotions, many facets of the artist in it. As she says, “If you want to know me deeply, just listen to my songs carefully!”. And sure you will when you take a listen of this mesmerizing album.

Having belonged to a family of marketing and medical professionals, music was never an obvious choice for Joelene. However, a music and poetry loving family background did sink it’s teeth deep into her heart ‘n soul. So, after a few years of playing with the electronic media (Joelene worked as a TV editor, creative director, story producer and even an investigative journalist for a few television production houses), she finally ventured into music full time…leaving a ‘safe and steady’ job behind!

From a very young age, Joelene's life has been steeped in music and words- written, sung and spoken. Having spent her childhood listening to Hindi and Urdu poetry and songs…  to spending her teenage and  adulthood listening to and watching the biggest pop and rock stars,  Joelene's personal choice of music doesn't come as a surprise! It’s like she has blended the two worlds using one mould, and the result is a beautiful, soulful and young voice of the soul…a voice of passion, a voice of angst, a voice of truth, a voice that is honest to the core. Her education in Literature and Philosophy also build an enigma through her lyrics, music and voice.

From penning some great scripts for TV channels... to writing articles on fashion, travel and philosophy for leading magazines of India..to giving poetic wings to her imagination and writing songs for various bands and solo artists in India, Joelene Dove has done it all. Joelene Dove is the proud winner of the 'Hungama Artist Aloud' Best Female Artist Award- 2010 for her single 'Savera', which she has penned, composed and given voice to.

Currently, Joelene, who also wears the cap of an Arts Consultant and Trainer,  is the Director at 'The Music Monk', an organization dedicated to the nurturing and service of Arts, providing Arts training to students, and also teacher training, mentoring and Arts administration and consultation to educational institutions all over India.

She has also recently launched 'Rustic Chic', her own brand of hand painted farmhouse furniture!

Lisa Mishra signs exclusively deal

VYRL Originals, the unique platform dedicated to non-film music in India. VYRL has been instrumental in nurturing established non-film artistes and has served as a launch pad for upcoming non-film music talent. Lisa’s reprise version of Tareefan from the film, Veere Di Wedding led to a huge success by crossing millions of views across Instagram and YouTube. Her versatility in the genres of Rhythm & Blues and hip hop led to what ultimately became musical contributions in Grammy winning album 'Coloring Book' by Chance the Rapper and Emmy–nominated series 'Brown Girls'. With a captive YouTube audience of over 170,000 subscribers on her channel, Lisa has created a space in everyone’s hearts with her melody and unique style.

Commenting on the announcement, Lisa Mishra shares “My passion for music has got me to where I am today. From teaching myself to sing and play guitar, to putting my spin on favourite tracks, I have always tried something innovative. Signing up with VYRL Originals for the music I do outside of films is definitely my first step towards achieving my dreams and creating a space for myself in the music industry.”

Speaking on the announcement, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia and EMI Records India said, “Lisa is an extremely talented artist and we are thrilled she’s a part of the VYRL family. We are glad to be a part of the next phase of her exciting musical journey. We are confident that this is the start of a long and successful relationship. Our focus on working with the best in the non-film music space and building the category will continue.”

Hungama Music refreshes its Music Room

Hungama Music, one of the leading music and music video streaming platforms in the country owned by Hungama Digital Media, has refreshed its digital video property - Music Room. Streaming on Hungama Music’s Facebook page with episodes also available on the Hungama Music app later, Music Room features some of the biggest artistes in the country like Armaan Malik, Amaal Mallik, Jonita Gandhi, Guru Randhawa, Jubin Nautiyal, Neha Bhasin, Shilpa Rao, Darshan Rawal, Jasleen Royal, Bhoomi Trivedi, Sudeep Banerji and more. 

Hungama Music Room is an informal conversation with music celebrities that gives viewers a unique chance to see their favourite artistes in their most uninhibited form. Imbibing personal anecdotes with musical renditions, the show sees featured artistes talk about their lives and careers with acoustic performances. Since its launch in 2017, Hungama Music Room has had behemoths of the music industry like Javed Ali, Reewa & Roop Kumar Rathod, Dhvani Bhanushali, Ikka etc. appear on the show to connect with their fans through engaging conversations and soulful performances. 

Speaking about Hungama Music Room, Siddhartha Roy, COO, Hungama Digital Media said, “Consumers today seek content that is exclusive and enriching. With Hungama Music Room, we have created a property that allows our users to connect with popular music artistes and gives them access to content that is beyond the ordinary, in turn, making their experience of using our platform richer and wholesome. With a superb guest line-up and availability across the Hungama Music app and Facebook page, we are certain that Music Room will continue to delight our audience with each new episode.” 

During his appearance on Hungama Music Room with his brother, Armaan Malik revealed, “Amaal and I have been part of Hungama Music Room quite a few times and I am really grateful to Hungama Music Room for giving me a chance to revisit the most special moments of my life with my fans and my brother.  It is a great platform to reach out and connect with the audience directly and I'm thankful for that.”

Speaking about the property, Jonita Gandhi said, “Hungama Music Room is a wonderful platform to connect with my fans. It is a great medium to engage with the audience in a fun and intimate manner. I am excited to appear on the show and have an interesting conversation and perform some of my popular songs.”

Talking about Hungama Music Room, Guru Randhawa said, “I'm happy to see that platforms like Hungama Music Room provide a medium for artistes to reach out and connect with their audience directly. The informal format of the show allows our fans to know us on a personal level that strengthens our relationship. I am very excited about my appearance on Hungama Music Room.”

Talking about her appearance on the show, Neha Bhasin said, “Hungama Music Room is an amazing concept that offers artistes a chance to connect with their fans. The informal conversations are a breath of fresh. I am absolutely thrilled to feature in Hungama Music Room and entertain my fans.”

Hungama Music Room streams on Hungama Music’s Facebook page. Episodes are also available to stream on the Hungama Music app.

Spotify goes local for the Indian market

The Indian music streaming business is very competitive with brandslike Gaana, JioSaavn and Hungama entrenched in the market and it is also burderned with slow Internet speeds and customer base with older phones with limited capacity. In order to add to it's customers base Swedish music streaming giant Spotify has recently introduced a lighter version of its app to further solidify its presence in the Indian Market. The company has launched 10 MB-sized app, a beta version of which is currently available for Android users. The company claims that the Spotify Lite Beta app uses less storage, making it an ideal for most older version phones and hence more customers can listen to music. The Spotify Lite Beta app can be downloaded separately or independently from the main Spotify app. The Spotify Lite app was launched last year and has been used across Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, and Brazil among other countries.

High Court restrains Wynk & Airtel from...

High Court restrains Wynk & Airtel from providing downloading and live streaming services of Tips Repertoire.Justice Kathawalla of Bombay High Court in it order has observed that recently the music industry which has experienced a rise of over the top service providers, who seek safe harbour under Section 31-D to exploit copyrighted works, through either internet broadcast or download features, without seeking / obtaining a license from the owners thereof. In my view, such use of the copyrighted works, through internet broadcast or download features, without obtaining a license from the owners of the copyright amounts to usurpation of the exclusive rights of the owners to commercially rent, sell or communicate to the public their sound recordings. 

In its order that will stop the way the OTTs had been exploiting the copyright content of various music labels without paying the license fee to the latter, the Bombay High Court issued injunction M/s. Wynk Limited, an Over-The-Top (OTT) platform & M/s. Bharati Airtel Limited (Airtel) from commercial rental or sale by way of allowing download in any manner, on its musical portal or Wynk App, of the songs from the repertoire of Tips and further restrained it from allowing interactive streaming of the said songs. The common order has been issued on 23rd April, 2019 in favour of Tips Industries Limited  in in two Commercial IP Suits filed by it against Wynk and Airtel.

The Court while holding that the Sale/Commercial rental of sound recordings in a digital medium through the internet was no different than done through physical modes had inter alia observed that the activities of Wynk and Airtel, enabling its customers to download sound recordings and access them offline in lieu of a monthly subscription fee was essentially renting out the sound recordings which clearly did not fall under the exclusions provided in the definition of ‘commercial rental’ and were a vivid instance of a commercial rental as contemplated under the Copyright Act, for which Wynk / Airtel did not have any such right, authorization or permission of the Tips. 

The Court also observed that with the purchase and download feature, Wynk was enabling its customers to store physical files / electronic copies of the Tips Repertoire on their devices in abrogation of the exclusive rights granted to the Tips under section 14(1)(e) of the Act. It also rejected the claim of Wynk that it being a broadcasting organization was entitled to a statutory license under Section 31-D of the Copyright Act, 1957 to communicate the work to the public by way of broadcast of the musical work and sound recordings of Tips.

While observing that in the provisions of sec. 31-D of the Act, the legislature intent clearly provided the distinction between the right to commercial rental or to sell on one hand and the right to broadcast on the other hand, it held that the provisions of the said section provides only for communication to public by way of broadcast of sound recordings and not their commercial rental and / or sale, thus excluding the latter activities from the purview of the statutory license issued under the said Section. It thus prohibited  Wynk Limited and Airtel from exercising a statutory license apropos thereto.

The court also negated the benefit of Section 31-D as claimed by Wynk that it being a broadcasting organization were communicating to the public by way of broadcast of the Tips Repertoire over internet. It held that under the provisions of the Act and rules thereunder, Statutory License under Section 31-D, which was only restricted to radio and television broadcasting organisations, and no other broadcasting was contemplated therein including internet broadcasting. It held that the contention of Wynk / Airtel that they are broadcasting sound recordings over internet and that internet broadcasting is a type of audio broadcasting and hence internet broadcasting falls within the term ‘radio broadcasting’ was misplaced.

It was also observed by Court that Act and Rules therewith provide that prior fixation of the rate of royalty is the fundamental and primary criteria for any statutory license to come into existence in the first place. Without prior fixation of rate of royalty, there is no question of existence of any statutory license. Thus, Statutory License under Section 31-D of the Act does not “automatically kick in” once notice is sent to the owner, without fixation of royalty rates by the Appellate Board.  

The court also observed that Section 31-D is an expropriatory legislation and the interest of the expropriated copyright owners must be considered while interpreting the said section. The interpretation of the said section as proposed by Wynk and Airtel would push the copyright owners into a perilous position where ‘internet broadcasting organizations’ could override the copyright owner’s exclusive right over their copyrighted works granted under the Act and use the works without their prior authorization / licence.

The Court also specifically rejected the proposal of Wynk to allow it to broadcast Tips Repertoire over internet upon payment of monetary deposit with the Court during the pendency of the Suit.

Mr. Kumar Taurani of Tips Industries Limited stated that the order manifests the the provisions of 31-D of the Copyright Act in its correct perspective, which were hitherto being mis-utilized by various OTTs. He was positive that the OTTs and other service providing platforms will now approach the first copyright holders for providing licensed downloads of their music.

Shawn Mendes releases new single...

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes releases his brand new single, “If I Can’t Have You,” today via Island Records. The song was written by Shawn Mendes alongside longtime collaborators Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger, and Nate Mercreau and was produced by Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger. Shawn also released the video for “If I Can’t Have You,” directed by Bardia. Watch it here! Shawn will perform the song for the first time on Saturday Night Live this Saturday, May 4th. This appearance on ‘SNL’ marks his second as a musical guest on the show. Shawn just wrapped the sold-out European leg of his global headlining arena and stadium tour in April. The entire World Tour spans more than 100 dates throughout 2019 in North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand & Asia. For additional information regarding tour dates and tickets please visit http://shawnmendesofficial.com.

GRAMMY nominated Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more and shot to #1 on iTunes in more than 80 countries immediately upon release. The album became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018 and made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three consecutive #1 albums. At the end of 2018, Shawn was nominated in two categories for the 61st annual GRAMMY® Awards, including “Song of the Year” for “In My Blood” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for Shawn Mendes. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan” experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in over 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20.

In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining his 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 platinum albums, and 8 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 16 million albums, over 135 million singles, and has amassed over 22 billion song streams and over 6 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary stadiums and arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. On his upcoming tour, Shawn Mendes: The Tour, he sold out his first ever stadium show in minutes at Rogers Centre in his hometown of Toronto. The tour began in March 2019, with over 100 dates currently announced across the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia/New Zealand, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms. 

Orange Festival 2018 concludes on a High Note!

Orange Festival of Music and Adventure 2018 ended on a high note with a grand performance by Iron Maidens, in Dambuk. OFAM, the unique orange themed Adventure and Music festival held in Arunachal Pradesh, grew even bigger in 2018 with more than 10000+ tourists and 30000+ locals attending the festival. As compared to last year 18 bands, this year the festival was attended by 28 music bands, including international bands like Thundermother from Sweden and others.

The event was inaugurated by Honourable CM of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Pema Khandu where he mentioned that the festivals like OFAM, which he initiated during his tenure as tourism minister, aim to spur the growth in tourism in Arunachal Pradesh. He also mentioned that Tourism would be a game changer for Arunachal Pradesh and help the state to improve connectivity in the region. This would also benefit the locals economically.

The idea behind the festival as mentioned by Mr. Abu Tayeng, OFAM director, earlier is to bring in people from all over the world to explore the wild natural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and experience the local way of life and culture in an untouched destination. OFAM has been growing bigger year on year and becoming a huge attraction for tourists planning to visit Arunachal Pradesh. He also hoped that the next edition will be bigger and grander than this year both in terms of visitors and participants. He also said, “We plan to take OFAM on an international stage and create a buzz on national circuit as well. The festival attracts visitors not only from India but internationally as well, which showcase its potential. We hope that upcoming editions will receive more attention and fame, thus ensuring a bigger tourists’ inflow in the region and better employment opportunities for locals.”

Apart from enthralling music by 28 bands which performed on stage, crowds also witnessed the thrilling JKtyres 4X4 Fury, enjoyed adventure sports which were organized in collaboration with NIMAS and the natural beauty of Dambuk. This year 25 Indian bands from all over the country and 3 International Bands from different parts of the globe made the crowds groove to their music. From local favourites Trance effect to Thundermother from Sweden, bands gave absorbing performances which kept the energy levels high through the evening. Rains battered the venue on occasion, but the crowds braved the weather conditions and made their presence felt. Lead vocalist of the Iron Maidens, Kirsten Rosenberg said, “I was surprised to see the enthusiasm with which the crowd turned up even after bad weather conditions. She mentioned that hers is a tribute band and was pleasantly surprised to see how many music lovers came together celebrated in this beautiful location. Iron Maidens, she said, surely look forward to visiting again.”

Festival Proceedings had begun with cultural events and the flag-off of the JKtyres 4X4 fury rally event. Local favourites the Manabhum Off-roaders Club of Arunachal won the title with a slender lead of 5 points. They hung on to the lead which they gained on the first stage. Last year’s defending champs Gerrari Off-roaders finished in a close 2nd.

The scenic lower Dibung valley was a perfect setting for adventure lovers to get their fill of adrenaline in this year’s OFAM. With mighty rivers like the Dirang and Brahmaputra flowing in close vicinity and rainforests covered east Himalayan ranges surrounding the vast orange orchards, adventure activities like zip lining, para gliding, para sailing, white water rafting, dirt cycling, speed boating and elephant rides were the popularly enjoyed activities at this festival. OFAM organisers collaborated with NIMAS, National institute for Mountaineering and Adventure Sports a MoD run institute, for arranging the activities on offer. Many adventure lovers enjoyed the para motoring which took flyers on a 20 min flight over the entire Lower Dibung valley. The landing among the orange trees excited many thrill seekers and nature lovers alike. Zip lines passed over the orange orchards which gave participants birds eye view of the trees below. Rapids of grade 1+K3 and 2+K2 on a 10 km long route kept the adrenaline pumping for the participants of white water rafting. These rapids flung many rafts across the river, but teams learnt how to manoeuvre this force of nature with sound guidance from the NIMAS instructors. Elephant rides gave a leisurely vibe when compared to other adventure activities. 

With so many adventure activities, hungry crowds were treated to delicious food and fine music on the day and night stages. Food stalls by the locals served up local delicacies like orange pudding, Rice wine, variety of local beers, egg with ginger, farm fresh orange juice and all time favourite Momos to name a few. This unique one-of-a-kind orange themed festival also hosted an orange eating competition!! Stalls which showcased kiwi fruit and pineapple were also present in the OFAM.

@Orange Festival of Music and Adventure 2018 @CM of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Pema Khandu @Iron Maidens @Kirsten Rosenberg Iron Maidens  @NIMAS @Abu Tayeng, OFAM director @H2O Communication @Varsha Purohit @Divya Bhatia 

Spotify due to launch...

Spotify is due to launch its own version of Stories-the sharing format popularized by social apps like Snapchat and Instagram then later ongot on too other apps like Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and others. They intend to call it “Storyline,” with the ides that artists can share their own thoughts, insights, inspiration, creative process, other meanings that is anything behind the music.Though it seems similar to what Spotify’s “Behind the Lyrics” feature that it offers,it is very much a Stories-like experience.The problems with wrong information made it not credible and they plan to sort it witis to   to allow artists and their management teams to take control over what’s displayed as the song plays — while adopting the popular Stories format in the process.Currently Storyline is being tested for both iOS and Android, but not desktop. It’s available in the U.S. and in other markets, but Spotify isn’t commenting as to who may be seeing the test at this time or where.This feature give Spotify its own sort of original content. Original content has not been their forte in the past  producing its own original videos was a dud. Hope they hit the jackpot now.

Searching for his Identity

Ketan Mohite is a singer-songwriter currently working with Furtados School Of Music as Artist & Marketing manager. Has released  his first single " Main Kaun Hoo " which speaks about his voyage and survival. He has been implementing and performing his originals at Prithvi Theatre for the last 3 years from now.One of his compositions can be heard in a German short film called "Away"

Main Kaun Hoon" written and composed by Ketan, Gino Banks (on drums) , Rhythm Shaw ( on guitars), produced by Nyzel Dilma. Its available across all music platforms. He has also released a video of the song which is getting a really good feedback right from legendary Pete Lockette (he has recorded and/or performed with many artists including, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, The Verve, Amy Winehouse, Pet Shop Boys, Sinéad O'Connor, Jeff Beck, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Craig Armstrong, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzarena and A.R. Rahman amongst many others). He has also worked extensively in the Hollywood film industry, playing on a number of Bond movies including Quantum of Solace, Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale.

Recently he has been invited on All India Radio, the song will soon be aired onall leading radio stations soon

Instrumental Music

Adbhutam (Indo-Fusion Instrumental group) from Kolkata, India

Adbhutam is one of the leading instrumental bands in India since 2016, formed in Kolkata. The genre of the band is best described as as Indo-Fusion Instrumental Music, but it has also been described by some music critics as Raga-Rock Fusion, which inspires & rejuvenates Life and Soul. It is an expression of Indian music with the blend of other genres, dissolve into each other to bring forth a truly unique sound and vibe.

About the members

Somak  is the founder of Adbhutam & started his journey working in many successful bands and as a solo guitar player, but he strived for a place where everyone gets equal recognition a place where team work actually works.. Hence, he made his utopia by creating Adbhutam. He is an Indian guitarist, music composer – director, producer, performer and a mentor. Somak has unique & versatile playing skills with in depth knowledge of Indian classical music and genres like neo – classical, metal, rock & Roll, Blues, Country music. Combining these diverse influences with an incredible technical command over the instrument gives his compositions a spiritual and exotic sound.

Suman  is a very skilled bass player & composer from Kolkata. He has displayed a wide variety of techniques throughout the years, ranging from his initial use of slapping and popping and also exotic tapping to the more traditional methods he has employed. Suman alongside Somak started Adbhutam since the dawn of 2014. Hence, he is the only one beside Somak who had seen the dark times of Adbhutam, a time he recalls as a “Fail full successor”

Anindam focused his drumming on Progressive Rock & Funk; he had been a member of Adbhutam from November 2017, his progressive style of playing combining with traditional Indian beats, gives the sound of Adbhutam a spicy flavor. Alongside playing drums, he is an experimentalist on Indian & Western percussion instruments. 

 “Beginning the Epic”, debut fusion instrumental album by Adbhutam

We launched our debut indo-fusion instrumental musical album Beginning the Epic on 3rd June, 2016 at Press Club, Kolkata under the Record Label Rooh Music. Media & Press covered by channel 24Ghonta, Channel One, Sanchari TV, Sadhana Bangla, Sangeet Bangla, Purobi News, News Time. Magazine & news paper covered by Anandalok and online promotion by enigmatrix.

Available at all leading musical stores & also online platforms like iTunes, amazon.com, ShopClues.com, Spotify, beatsMUSIC, Rhapsody… Bihu Jam is awarded with Best Creative Music Award and also nominated at GiMA awards in the year 2016.

Awards & Honour

Since the dawn of 2015, Adbhutam is awarded with several awards & honors in the field of Indian Music for the outstanding music production, compositions and live performances. Adbhutam two times nominated for GiMA Award in the year 2016 & 2017… A few noted achievements are :

1. "Best Fusion Music" award by Muzik Bangla Channel in the year 2015
2. "Band of the Year" award at Indo-Rock Fest in the year 2015
3. "The Innovators" award by World Music Federation in the year 2016
4. "Best Guitarist" award to Somak Sinha at Calcutta National Medical College in the year 2016.
5. Winner at Armageddon, IIM Calcutta (Joka) on 29th Jan, 2017
6. Winner at Rock Soul Fest, Mumbai by REDpuppets event on 29th Jan, 2017
7. "Best Guitarist" award to Somak Sinha at Rock Soul Fest, Mumbai by REDpuppets event on 29th Jan, 2017
8. "Best Bassist" award to Suman Mitra at Rock Soul Fest, Mumbai by REDpuppets event on 29th Jan, 2017
9. "Best Drummer" award to Soham Goswami at Rock Soul Fest, Mumbai by REDpuppets event on 29th Jan, 2017
10. "Best Bassist" award to Suman Mitra at "Lobelia - Armageddon", R. G. Kar Medical College on 5th July, 2017
11. "Best Music Composer" award to Adbhutam by GoIndia Initiative on 17th July, 2017
12. "Best Bassist" award to Suman Mitra at "Agon", Calcutta National Medical College, on 16th September, 2017
13. "Best Guitarist" award to Somak Sinha at "Agon", Calcutta National Medical College, on 16th September, 2017
14. 2nd Best Band at Spring Fest 2K18, IIT Kharagpur

Adbhutam Live

Adbhutam is one of India’s leading instrumental bands since 2014. We have performed in eminent institutions such as Howrah PCM College, City College, Raja Dhiren Roy College, Baguihati Medical College, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta National Medical College, Heritage College of Hotel Management, Nehru Medical College, IIT Guwahati, Lady Brabourne College, Jogesh Chandra College, Jagadbandhu Institution, Calcutta Cultural Institute, are few of them.

We also performed at Corporate Gigs & Mehfil at high profile venues like, Tollygunge Club, Saturday Club, Rabindrasadan, Princeton Club, Anderson Club, Someplace Else, CCFC, ITC the Sonar Bangla, Nazrul Mancha, Gyan Mancha, Swabhumi, Kala Mandir, Maddox Square, Ahindra Mancha, Sisir Mancha, DD National (TV Channel), Mon TV (TV Channel), Channel One (TV Channel), Radio JU, Tara Muzic (TV Channel) are few of them.

Along with many successful gigs & performances, Adbhutam also participated many competitions & composed music and scores for many short films and Jingles; many musical projects are ongoing

We participated India Got Talent in the year 2016 and we feel proud that our debut album, BEGINNING THE EPIC is nominated at GiMA Award 2016 for Jagjit Singh Award for Best debut album (Instrumental). Our newest composition “Ocean of Immortals” is nominated for GiMA Awards 2017

Sterling Reserve Music Project releases...

Sterling Reserve Music Project launches “Dil Mera” a melodic track about one sided love by Left Turn. The song is an expression of love and moving on. The track has a soulful melody which is sure to win hearts.

“Dil Mera” has been penned, composed and produced by the band - Left Turn. The song has a simple melody and rhythm which makes one want to hear it on loop. It has also been interestingly shot by Sai Pawar, who has captured the light hearted camaraderie of the band members.

Talking about the track, Left Turn said, “We are ecstatic to release our new track ‘Dil Mera’ with Sterling Reserve Music Project. The song is about a guy who’s torn between one sided love and trying to move on in his life. Big ups to Universal Music India and Sterling Reserve Music Project team for the platform and helping us shape up our vision for our final release!”

Talking about the track, Mr. Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia said, “The Sterling Reserve Music Project is an enabler platform for Independent music and is a partnership between Sterling Reserve and Universal Music India. We are proud to present our second single from the project from an amazing band called Left Turn with their debut single Dil Mera. The band comprises of skilled musicians and I am certain they have a promising career ahead. We are happy to discover their talent and be part of their journey.”

Sharing his thoughts, Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers said, “We are excited to reveal this second track from the Sterling Reserve Music Project. In line with the brand ideology of Chase the Next, the track “Dil Mera,” by Left Turn is sure to resonate with wide audiences. The property is an incredible platform to encourage emerging talent and present them to audiences.”

Universal Music India and Allied Blenders and Distillers created The Sterling Reserve Music Project which aims to incubate, encourage and promote aspiring singer songwriters to showcase their talent and release their music globally.

Sterling Reserve Music Project, 'Yo Yo'

Sterling Reserve Music Project is proud to present it’s fourth global release, “YoYo,” a collaboration introducing rising star RS Chauhan mentored by IKKA and produced by Rishi Rich.

“YoYo” is a Hindi – Punjabi urban club banger set to up tempo beats by Asian music producer Rishi Rich and appeals to fitness enthusiasts and club goers alike. With the hard hip hop beats that “YoYo” provides and the powerhouse of a vocal delivered by RS CHAUHAN; “YoYo” brings to the forefront the mentor – protégé relationship with IKKA penning the lyrics and delivering a bounce rap, coupled with the in-studio composition by IKKA and RS Chauhan.

“YoYo” is a tribute to Yo Yo Honey Singh and his impact on the world of music.

“YoYo” is a dance track with a party vibe building on the “twerk” dance form and is sure to be the party anthem of the season. The music video has been direct by Robby Singh and Inflict and the production house is Fab Entertainment.

Mr. Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia shares, “YoYo” the next song from the Sterling Reserve Music Project has been written in dedication to my dear old friend Yo Yo Honey Singh, who defined the dance, hip hop and R&B space. It’s amazing, when IKKA who’s been inspired by him and considers himself his little brother, then in turn co-writes & co-produces for his protégé RS Chauhan, making this full circle. I’m also very grateful to my long-standing in-house exec producer Rishi Rich for creating magic on this track, which has a lot of the Rishi vibe on it. This one is a sure shot club banger & already has people playing it on loop. The initial reaction is absolutely amazing.”

America's Musical Journey

The Trail-Blazing Spirit of America’s Music. A story of culture, creativity and the music that shaped America. In America’s musical cities, every chord, every riff, every bang of a drum tells a story. In America’s Musical Journey these stories come together to create a soundtrack for the American experience—a soundtrack that showcases the nation’s diversity and its collision of cultures, culminating in a unique blend of sound, music and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world.

Meet the Artists

Aloe Blacc has studied everything from psychedelic rock and funk to reggae, salsa and dancehall, and has proved himself a distinguished singer/songwriter of folk/soul/pop with his mega-hit “Wake Me Up.”

Pianist, bandleader and New Orleans native Jon Batiste is equipped with a degree from Juilliard and in 2015 became the musical director of CBS’s, “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Cuban-American superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio are two of the world’s most influential Latin music artists.

Dr. John is an american singer, songwriter, voice actor, pianist, and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie, and rock and roll.

Bandaloop’s work has been presented on museums, skyscrapers, bridges, billboards, in nature, and historical sites.

Donnetta ‘Lil Bit’ Jackson and Eddie ‘Pause’ Martin jr. are one of the top duos of Chicago footwork, a street dance that involves fast movement of the feet with twists and turns.

Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years with an unforgettable sound that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and r&b charts.

Born in Nashville, seventeen-year-old Willow Osborne is a banjo virtuoso who has been wowing crowds all over Tennessee.

The Flying Elvi are a team of skydivers who have been impersonating Elvis in the air for nearly 20 years.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an African American vocal ensemble comprised of students at Fisk University in Nashville. They are known for preserving the unique American musical tradition known as 'negro spirituals'.

Irma Thomas remains one of America’s most distinctive and classic singers from New Orleans, a treasure from the golden age of soul music.

The Detroit Youth Choir is made up of young people ages 8 to 18 under the direction of artistic director, Anthony White.

19 year old singer/songwriter and award winning native american flute player, Gareth Laffely is the youngest artist to reach #2 on the billboard new age charts at 17 years of age.

As the most popular act on Memphis’ legendary music mecca Beale Street, the Beale Street Flippers astonish the crowds with feats of acrobatic prowess that are unbelievable.

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is a Los Angeles-based dancer from Memphis, Tennessee who specializes in a style of street dance called 'jookin'.

An Original Song by Aloe Blacc – “My Story”
While traveling across the country filming America’s Musical Journey and meeting up with artists like Dr. John, Jon Batiste, Gloria & Emilio Estefan and many others, Aloe Blacc was inspired to write an original song, “My Story.” Aloe performs the song in the film at a concert on the National Mall in Washington DC.

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“There’s something exciting that happens when different cultures come together as they have in America. One of the things that happens is incredible creativity.”- Louis Armstrong: Following the Footsteps of a Legend
In America’s Musical Journey, Aloe Blacc traces the footsteps of Louis Armstrong from New Orleans to Chicago and beyond, where his impact on jazz and other American musical forms was profound. Born at the turn of the century in New Orleans, to parents who were slaves, Louis Armstrong learned to play the cornet in a boy’s home. A creative prodigy from the start, Armstrong revolutionized jazz with his adventurous solos, bluesy phrasing and bold improvisational style, becoming one of the most influential musical icons of the 20th century.

Elvis Presley: The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Elvis Presley is one of the most influential cultural forces of the 20th Century. In America’s Musical Journey, we visit the stops of his early music career, including Sun Studios in Memphis where Elvis recorded his first song in 1954, the Arcade Restaurant where he’d enjoy a milkshake after finishing a record and his home at Graceland. By the year 1956, Elvis had become an international sensation with his unique sound and style and ushered in a new era of American music.

Music in the Film
As featured in America’s Musical Journey

My Story – Aloe Blacc
Hello World – Aloe Blacc
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Black Woman – Alan Lomax, Negro Prison Blues
Nobody Knows The Trouble I See – The Poole Brothers
Basin Street Blues – Louis Armstrong
Down In New Orleans – Dr. John
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? – Louis Armstrong
The In Crowd – Ramsey Lewis
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Louis Armstrong
Dinah – Louis Armstrong
Wake Me Up – Aloe Blacc
Mule Skinner Blues – Jimmie Rodgers
Manifest – Detroit Youth Choir
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Conga – Gloria Estefan
I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
There’ll Be Peace in The Valley – Elvis Presley
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Louis Armstrong

 

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.