Hot on the heels of the massive collaborative single “Aaya Na Tu” by Arjun Kanungo & Momina Mustehsan, VYRL Originals presents its brand-new release “Maula”. The track is a collaboration between multifaceted - singer, songwriter, musician, actor and fashion icon Farhan Saeed and the pioneer of Indian-R&B fusion music Rishi Rich. Composed, written and sung by Farhan, “Maula” is a contemporary power ballad and a classic in the making that will connect with audiences across all ages. The prolific Rishi Rich lends his signature vibe to the track as a producer. The official music video is a mini-Bollywood film, filled with twists and turns that showcases a tale of love that overcomes adverse circumstances. Shot in England, the video is slick in production and a visual treat where one is taken through multiple locations including the beautiful British countryside.
Speaking on the release, Farhan Saeed said, “It’s been a while since my last release but I’m very happy that the wait has ended with “Maula”. This is the first time Rishi and I have worked together and I loved the experience. Rishi has his own unique sound. The fusion of my music and his sound made something really interesting. I enjoyed the whole process of working with Rishi and so happy we collaborated for this song. Can’t wait to see the reaction of my fans!
Rishi Rich added, “Farhan’s career has been nothing short of stellar, both with the band JAL and then his solo work. It’s been great working with him for the first time. We shared an amazing vibe in the studio and I’m thrilled with the way ‘Maula’ has turned out. Can’t wait to hear what the fans have to say!”
Acclaimed film director Mohit Suri said, “It was great working with Farhan and Rishi in studio while creating ‘Maula’. Both very professional musicians in their own right with years of experience in the business. The output is “Maula” a contemporary ballad that brings out the best of both artistes. I’m pretty confident that their legion of fans from all over the world will be pleasantly surprised on this collaboration that drops on VYRL Originals today.”
Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia and EMI Records India said, “With the overwhelming response of our latest collaborative single Aaya Na Tu, we are proud to present yet another massive collaboration with Farhan Saeed and Rishi Rich. Both these artists are incredibly talented and I’m proud of what we have achieved with the song and video of Maula.”
Formerly the lead vocalist of the band JAL, Farhan has delivered several hits. He is the voice behind Woh Lamhay, Aadat, Ik Din Aey Ga, Sajni and many more. Post his departure from the band, he captivated hearts worldwide with his solo hits including Pi Jaun, Tu Thodi Der, Roiyaan, Rab Rakha, Sajna and Halka Halka Suroor.
Rishi Rich is arguably the most successful Asian music producer. Post the release of the track ‘Mere Dil Mein’ from Mohit Suri’s directorial venture `Half Girlfriend’, Rishi has been on a roll with his Bollywood projects. The Award-winning music producer, composer and mentor has been creating new music for films as well as guiding upcoming talent under his tutelage. His latest work includes the track ‘Teri Yaadon Mein’ & ‘Jaanu’ from the movie `Behen Hogi Teri’ and the title track of the Anil Kapoor & Arjun Kapoor starrer ‘Mubarakan’.
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Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.
Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary