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Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 1-Nov ! LaTavia Roberson (formerly of Destiny's Child) 1-Nov ! Rick Allen (Def Leppard) 1-Nov ! Anu Malik 2-Nov ! K.D. lang 2-Nov ! Nelly 2-Nov ! Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu 3-Nov ! Laxmikant 3-Nov ! Monali Thakur 3-Nov ! Pran Nath 3-Nov ! Mani Prasad 4-Nov ! Puff Daddy 4-Nov ! Yanni 4-Nov ! Art Garfunkel 5-Nov ! Bryan Adams 5-Nov ! Lalgudi R.Rajalakshmi 5-Nov ! Nirmal Udhas 5-Nov ! Lalith J. Rao 6-Nov ! R.N.Tharanathan (Rudrapatnam Bros) 6-Nov ! Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi 6-Nov ! Bhushany Kalyanaraman 7-Nov ! David Guetta 7-Nov ! Joni Mitchell 7-Nov ! Kamal Hassan 7-Nov ! Shounak Abhisheki 7-Nov ! Sunanda Patnaik 7-Nov ! Bonnie Raitt 8-Nov ! Dhirubhai Shah 8-Nov ! Diana King 8-Nov ! C. R. Vyas 9-Nov ! M.B.Vedavalli 9-Nov ! Sisqo 9-Nov ! Dayal Thakur 10-Nov ! Abdul Karim Khan 11-Nov ! E.Gayatri 11-Nov ! LeToya Luckett (formerly of Destiny's Child) 11-Nov ! Neil Young 12-Nov ! Shravan Rathod 13-Nov ! Xavier D’souza 13-Nov ! Alec John Such (Bon Jovi) 14-Nov ! Brian Yale (Matchbox 20) 14-Nov ! James Young (STYX) 14-Nov ! Jaspinder Nirula 14-Nov ! Joseph Simmons (aka Run of Run-D.M.C.) 14-Nov ! Madan Pal 14-Nov ! Travis Barker (Blink-182) 14-Nov ! Frida (ABBA) 15-Nov ! K.V.Narayanaswamy 15-Nov ! Muthiah Bhagavathar 15-Nov ! Diana Krall 16-Nov ! Isaac Hanson (Hanson) 17-Nov ! Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions) 18-Nov ! Kim Wilde 18-Nov ! Kirk Hammett (Metallica) 18-Nov ! Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake) 18-Nov ! Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses) 19-Nov ! Babla 20-Nov ! Hirabai Barodekar 20-Nov ! Björk 21-Nov ! Baba Sehgal 23-Nov ! Bruce Hornsby 23-Nov ! Miley Cyrus 23-Nov ! Bhimsen 24-Nov ! Titte Krishna Ayyangar 24-Nov ! Amy Grant 25-Nov ! Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam 25-Nov ! John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 26-Nov ! Rita Ora 26-Nov ! Tina Turner 26-Nov ! Bappi Lahiri 27-Nov ! Charlie Benante (Anthrax) 27-Nov ! Nandu Bende 27-Nov ! Apl.de.Ap (Black Eyed Peas) 28-Nov ! Dawn Robinson (formerly of En Vogue) 28-Nov ! H.V.Srivatsan 28-Nov ! Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) 28-Nov ! Umayalpuram Mali 28-Nov ! Jonathan Knight (New Kids On The Block) 29-Nov ! Wallis Buchanan (Jamiroquai) 29-Nov ! Billy Idol 30-Nov

2 time Grammy® Winner Ricky Kej does India proud by securing a nomination for a 3rd Grammy® Award

2 time Grammy® Winner Ricky Kej does India proud by securing a nomination for a 3rd Grammy® Award

Indian Music Composer and 2 time Grammy® Winner Ricky Kej has been nominated for a 3rd time. This time, Ricky Kej’s is nominated in the “Best Immersive Audio Album” category at the 65th Annual Grammy® Awards. The nominations were announced yesterday by the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr.
Ricky Kej’s previous Grammy® Award wins came in 2015 for his album ‘Winds of Samsara’. Based on the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, ‘Winds of Samsara’ was a runaway success and debuted at No.1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums chart, a first for a person of Indian origin. Ricky became the youngest Indian to have won a Grammy® Award, and only the 4th Indian. Ricky Kej won his second Grammy® Award in 2022 for his album Divine Tides, a collaboration with Rock Legend Stewart Copeland (from The Police). Ricky Kej is also an official UNICEF “Celebrity Supporter”, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) “Land Ambassador” and UNESCO MGIEP “Global Ambassador for Kindness”.

Featuring artists from around the world, the current Grammy® Nominated music album ‘Divine Tides’ is a tribute to the magnificence of our natural world and the resilience of our species. The album is nominated for its stunning Immersive Audio Mix, created by industry veterans Herbert Waltl and Eric Schilling. This critically acclaimed album has already won several awards at various festivals from around the world, including a Grammy® Award earlier this year, for Best New Age Album. 
The 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 5th, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. The winners will be announced at this ceremony.

Visit www.DivineTidesMusic.com for further details
Quote from Grammy® Award Winner Ricky Kej:
“Absolutely thrilled to be nominated for a 3rd Grammy® Award! The album Divine Tides has been my most creative and successful album to date and I am honoured and humbled by the accolades it continues to receive. Stewart Copeland and I created Divine Tides as an immersive audio experience. We hoped to transport our audiences to beautiful places and emotions through our music, and this nomination for “Best Immersive Audio Album” validates all the hard work and love we have poured into Divine Tides”

About Ricky Kej
2 time Grammy® Award Winner & US Billboard #1 artist, GQ Hero 2020, Ricky Kej is an internationally renowned Indian Music Composer and Environmentalist. He has performed at prestigious venues in over 30 countries, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and Geneva. Ricky has won more than 100 music awards in over 20 countries. He has been Awarded "United Nations Global Humanitarian Artist" and is also the “Youth Icon of India". Ricky has been named as one of the 100 Real Leaders who 'Inspire the Future'. He is the UNESCO mgiep “Global Ambassador for Kindness”, UNCCD “Land Ambassador”, UNICEF “Celebrity Supporter” & Ambassador for “Earth Day Network”

About Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland is a 5 time Grammy® Award-winning American musician and composer. He is the founder and drummer of the British rock group ‘The Police’ who have sold over 75 million albums worldwide. According to MusicRadar, "Copeland's distinctive drum sound and unique style make him one of the most famous drummers ever behind the drum set". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003, the Modern Drummer's Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Classic Drummer's Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2016, Copeland was ranked in the top ten on Rolling Stone's "Greatest Drummers of All Time." He has also composed music for over 50 Hollywood movies including the Oscar winning film ‘Wall Street”. 

About The Recording Academy 
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, The Recording Academy  works year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.
 

Shashwat Sachdev's latest release ‘EK Ghar’ chronicles his childhood dream of 'Apna Ek Ghar Banae'

Shashwat Sachdev's latest release ‘EK Ghar’ chronicles his childhood dream of 'Apna Ek Ghar Banae'

Click here to watch the song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCnzoQ_9QN4

"Childhood comes with the luxury of dreaming" says the writer & singer of the song Shashwat. Ek Ghar is like a blanket on a cold autumn day. The minute you drape it on, the feeling of warmth and familiarity starts to creep in slowly; it's touching & emotionally familiar. The track lays emphasis on the feeling of love and longing; it is about dreams and desire, like the warmth of a fireplace. Shashwat Sachdev keeps the melody simple and effective with a crescendo at the right points, and the lyrics draw a picture of pristine innocence. 

When asked where he pulls inspiration from, he says " I draw my inspiration from real life experiences and people, and my restless mind of course. I’m always thinking about a lot of things, so it’s very therapeutic for me to be able to turn my thoughts into songs"

"I would like to describe my music as painting" says Sha, For me, the lyrical work and poetry in the music is very important. Every person is uniquely different and if you honestly and willingly look at it, the song comes out unique and alive.
 

Gulzaar Chhaniwala's latest single “No One Knows” from the house of VRYL Haryanvi

Gulzaar Chhaniwala's latest single “No One Knows” from the house of VRYL Haryanvi

Song Link- https://youtu.be/E6S6eNtA5jA

Haryanvi singer, lyricist, music producer, actor & director Gulzaar Chhaniwala’s new song titled “No One Knows” from the house of VRYL Haryanvi has garnered over 9 lakh views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.  Comments like- ‘Again Gulzaar proves that no one can beat him’, ‘Gulzaar is the backbone of Haryanvi industry’, ‘Proud to be fan of Gulzaar Channiwala’ have flooded the comment section of YouTube.

Seen in a folk look of a gangster, the plot of the song revolves around the protagonist (Gulzaar Chhaniwala) taking revenge for a girl who was mistreated by a group of goons. But, with the iconic Gulzaar, the story is never as simple as that, in his quintessential swag he avenges the girl & punishes the culprit.

Gulzaar Chhaniwala is one among the great names that always come into sight while talking about the Haryanvi industry. We all got introduced to this bundle of talent through his chartbuster tracks- Filter Shot, Dole Laadle, Dada Pota, Chain Sone Ki, to name a few, are some of his most popular songs. His song” Faad Faad” released in august 2018 accumulated 70+ million views on YouTube. On Jul 21, 2020, he came out with the song” Farmer” in support of farmer and Army life, and the song received over 25+ million views.

Talking about his inspiration for the song, he says “With each song my motive is to highlight certain issues. With No One Knows I have tried to bring light upon the issue of women safety, I only hope that this song starts conversations how a woman’s safety is everyone’s responsibility”
 

Rashmeet Kaur revisits the immoral verses of Bulleh Shah in her latest track ‘Bulleya O’

Rashmeet Kaur revisits the immoral verses of Bulleh Shah in her latest track ‘Bulleya O’

Listen to the song here- https://youtu.be/otDlANOlVlM

The singer Rashmeet Kaur, who has quickly gained national recognition for hit songs such as "Bajre Da Sitta" and "Nadiyon Paar," has sparked the audience with her soulful and eloquent rendition of Bulleh Shah's verses in a stunning Sufiyana single titled "Bulleya O," released by IndieA Records.

Based on the famous poems of the legendary poet Bulleh Shah, this simple yet impactful piece of music is an ode to the fleeting nature of man. Man, with all his idiosyncrasies and vagaries, strives to find his place in the world. Bulleya O is a soft, divine melody invoking the Sufi philosophy of Bulleh Shah.

Rashmeet weaves the verses of the song into a Sufiyana andaaz that undoubtedly has a meditative effect on the mind with the instrumentation and the soothing lyrics. Despite being subtle to the ear, the music keeps listeners hooked for a long time.

Her last release, "Lagan Lagi," stormed the music scene and garnered over 3 lakh views on YouTube. As a singer, songwriter, and composer, Kaur has mastered the art of bringing folk music into the modern world.

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Caption- Rashmeet Kaur revisits the immoral verses of Bulleh Shah in her latest track ‘Bulleya O’*

Listen to the song here- https://youtu.be/otDlANOlVlM

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King of Romance & Heartbreak - Ammy Virk's new song 'Gal Ban Jae' will melt your heart!

King of Romance & Heartbreak - Ammy Virk's new song 'Gal Ban Jae' will melt your heart!

Watch now: https://youtu.be/A1KjEYwQhdM

Gal Ban Jae - starred & sung by Punjabi sensation Ammy Virk, the song describes the heartache that the lead character, Ammy goes through. It delves deep into the sorrow that follows after infidelity. The tone & the lyrics of the track are like an anthem for those who are yet to find their happy ending. This song evokes the emotion of heartbreak and love all at once. The video is full of emotions and packs in the intensity of the storytelling.

While Ammy Virk's vocals work like magic, he also stars in the video as an anguished lover "Gal Ban Jae is a song for those with an incomplete love story. Romantic tracks have a certain connection with most people, the music & lyrics sort of hitting the most vulnerable spot" elaborating further about his experience, he says "My experience while recording & shooting the song was great. We had a lot of fun while shooting. I would like to thank the entire team for giving their best."

Director - Amanninder Singh, Starring - Ammy Virk, Sung by - Ammy Virk, Lyrics by - Happy Raikoti, Music Composer - Happy Raikoti & Avvy Sra, Music Director - Avvy Sra

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Caption- King of Romance & Heartbreak - Ammy Virk's new song 'Gal Ban Jae' will melt your heart!

Click here to watch the song- https://youtu.be/A1KjEYwQhdM

#Tips #TipsPunjabi #GalBanJae  #AmmyVirk  #AvvySra #HappyRaikoti #TheMustHaveHits #PnK

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'Kaala Jaadu' - Freddy's Title Track Crosses 50 Million Views!

'Kaala Jaadu' - Freddy's Title Track Crosses 50 Million Views! Kartik Aaryan's Got Everyone Grooving To It...
The recent song release has got everyone dancing to it, right from influencers to your friends!
Watch the Song Now: https://youtu.be/RHYKhnSf1is

Kartik Aaryan's magic has worked yet again! His recently released song 'Kaala Jaadu' from his upcoming Shashanka Ghosh directorial film 'Freddy' is blowing up the music charts. Released on 11th November, the title track has garnered attention like no other!

Right from your favourite content creator to the people around you, all have been grooving to the song in looooop! The dance number has got over 50 Million+ views combined on both YouTube & Instagram.

The addictive dance song features Kartik Aaryan with the euphoric voice of Arijit Singh & Nikhita Gandhi, lyrics by Irshad Kamil and music by Pritam.

Kartik Aaryan talking about Kaala Jaadu said, "I was apprehensive if the audience will love the song... But their reactions and support have overwhelmed us! The musical combination of Pritam Da and Arijit is so mesmerising that they can literally set the stage on fire. All our hard work has turned out to be victorious. I hope the audience continues listening and dancing to Kaala Jaadu."

Talking about the song, Arijit Singh said, "The music is something that attracted me the most when Pritam made me hear the tune. Once I heard it, I was hooked and addicted to it. Kartik has done a beautiful job in the video with his dance and expressions”

Pritam - the Music Composer of Kaala Jaadu says, "When Jayu (Jay Shewakramani) showed me the movie I was blown away by it and Kartik is incredible in it. Shashanka Ghosh wanted a cello theme for the film. Keeping that in mind I made a theme and interpreted that as a string line in the song. It was quite an unusual song for Arijit and he had fun with it."

He further adds with a wink, "It's a song so close to my heart that I didn't want to deliver it."

Kumar Taurani, MD - of Tips Industries Ltd, talking about the song said, "Kaala Jaadu is a very addictive song right from the moment you hear it, it just settles into your head. Kartik Aaryan has done a phenomenal job in the video. Voices of Arijit Singh and Nikhita Gandhi have added an oomph factor to the song. Irshad Kamil's lyrics and Pritam's composition have made it an orchestral masterpiece."

Ekta Kapoor further adds to it by saying, "With Arijit's voice and Pritam's music, Kaala Jaadu is the perfect magic spell of the year. Kartik Aaryan's moves and the fans grooving to the chopper step have taken this track to the next level and it's been playing on a loop everywhere."

Jay Shewakramani, the Producer of Freddy says, "After we narrated the film to Pritam, I told him that my first requirement is that I need a musical theme for Freddy… He worked on it for a long time and the first time he played the song everyone loved it! Arijit's voice has elevated the song as also for him it's a new song to do. Kartik we all know is effortless when it comes to performing in songs. Also a special mention here to Irshad Kamil's lyrics that have done the magic."

The action-thriller produced by Balaji Telefilms Ltd, NH Studioz and Northern Lights Film, featuring Kartik Aaryan and Alaya F will release on 2nd December on Disney+ Hotstar.

Caption- 'Kaala Jaadu' - Freddy's Title Track Crosses 50 Million Views! Kartik Aaryan's Got Everyone Grooving To It...

Listen Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHYKhnSf1is

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Music Composer: @ipritamofficial
Singers: @arijitsingh @nikhitagandhiofficial
Lyricist: @kamil_irshad_official
Choreographer: @shaziasamji @piyush_bhagat

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Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja

The late, legendary Bappi Lahiri’s song "Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja" is the Lockdown Popular Anthem in China. Rego, his grandson declares this as a proud moment for India

One more time, the late, legendary Bappi Lahiri song is trending not in India but in China. They are showing their love for Bollywood movies. They've launched a unique style of protest on social media called "Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja" in Chinese, which means "Give Me Rice".

People featured in the video seem to have empty utensils to convey the message that there is a lack of food due to the lockdown in China. In India, this is one of the most popular songs, but now in China, it's a proud moment for India. The Jimmy Jimmy song was composed by Bappi Lahiri and starred veteran actor and dance icon Mithun Chakraborty. "Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja" is one of the most evergreen party songs that will never go out of trend. 

The late legendary singer Bappi Lahiri's grandson Rego Lahiri says, "I'm so proud to be the grandson of Bappi Lahiri. He has not only made our country proud but also our film and music industry. Bappi Da is still alive midst us always with his music and iconic songs."

Let's hope good for all and the China lockdown resumes soon by singing "Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja."

Grammy-nominated musicians at the NCPA International Jazz Festival 2022

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is bringing the International Jazz Festival this year, with Grammy-nominated musicians performing to create some of the finest and highest standard Jazz, Mumbai has ever heard. The festival will begin on November 25th with The Mingus Big Band, followed by Monty Alexander on November 26th and Thilo Wolf Jazz Quartett featuring Johanna Iser on November 27th.

The Mingus Dynasty performed at NCPA in 2019, and the repertory group The Mingus Big Band will perform on the first day of the festival, The band is a 14-piece ensemble comprised of some of the most technically skilled and creatively expressive musicians, varying from veterans to rising stars. The band has 11 recordings to its name, 6 of which were nominated for Grammys and won in 2011. The Mingus Big Band will be celebrating music by composer Charles Mingus, who died in 1979.

Monty Alexander, a Jamaican music legend, will present a musical depiction of his journey from the sounds and rhythms of his native Jamaica to the classic tradition of America's Jazz on the second day. A fateful encounter with Frank Sinatra, the most sought-after performer of the 1960s, will be the subject of this musical story.

The Jazz festival will be concluded with the Thilo Wolf Jazz Quartett with Johanna Iser, Johanna Iser is a rising star in the jazz world. Along with pianist Thilo Wolf, the International Jazz Festival will feature Norbert Nagel (reeds), Christian Diener (bass), and Jean Paul Höchstädter (drums). The Thilo Wolf Quartett provides authentic, intelligent, finely structured swing that is rousingly played and harmoniously built on one another. The ensemble has also worked with some of Germany's most prestigious symphonic orchestras.

Mr. Khushroo Suntook, Chairman, NCPA, said, "The artists performing this year are The Mingus Big Band, Monty Alexander – Jamaica to Jazz & The Thilo Wolf Jazz Quartett, have set a high standard of excellence in jazz music being played today. It is an honour for us to have the wonderful Grammy-nominated musicians perform their pieces at NCPA and we look forward."

Mumbai-born Multi – talented Artiste Brian Tellis, who has a distinguished background in radio, theater, and music, will be hosting The International Jazz Festival.

 

Roposo’s The MIC, a unique Live singing competition, celebrated its finale with Gaurav Gerera

Mumbai, 4th August 2022: Roposo, India’s leading creator-led live entertainment commerce platformcelebrated the finale of its maiden Live singing competition, ‘The MIC’Gaurav Gerera was declared the winner of the competition in an enthralling event conducted on 2nd August 2022 in Mumbai. Like the entire competition, the finale was also live streamed on Roposo and simulcast on lock screen platform Glance, with the grand finale being viewed by more than 1.17 million viewers.

As the winner, Gaurav received a prize money of Rs 2 lakh. He, along with the top two runners-up, Neha Saxena and Shubhangi Kedar received an internship opportunity with Pritam Chakraborty’s JAM8 Studio. The winner will also get to stream multiple live shows on Roposo, which will enable him to reach out to millions of users through exclusive jam sessions and audience interactions, that will be simulcasted on Glance as well. 

The grand finale of Roposo's The MIC was divided into four riveting segments: a duet, a chorus, a collective segment, and finally the Medley Mashup. The top 6 finalists namely Nishikant, Yuvraj Kaushal, Gaurav Gerera, Neha Saxena, Krutika Lele, and Shubhangi Kedar went head-to-head in an electrifying final episode, in the presence of a live audience on Glance and Roposo. The audience chose their favourite singer for each segment, and Gaurav, Neha, and Shubhangi were selected as the top three finalists of the competition. After much deliberation by Glance and Roposo users who voted in real-time, Mumbai’s Gaurav Gerera was crowned as the winner of Roposo’s ‘The MIC - Season 1’.

The finale also had enthralling performances by talented artists like comedian Akash, rap band ‘DOGZ MUSIC’, lyrical beatboxer Abhishek Kurme aka ‘Beatslayer’, and percussionist Yogendra, who made the whole finale an unforgettable experience for the audience. While the live and interactive contest kept users entertained, one of the highlights of the show throughout has been Magic – The Mic, a virtual mascot who hosted each episode and kept the excitement levels high through his funny quips and comical personality.  

Commenting on the success and conclusion of The MIC, Abhinav Jain, Vice President, Roposo said, “We launched one of our main music IPs, The MIC, on World Music Day. This is a unique live streaming singing competition that was conceptualized in-house. Music is one of Roposo’s most popular categories, and we are proud to have brought an innovative experience to the millions of music lovers on Roposo. It also gave the power largely to the users, since they were able to decide the winner in real time through our unique interactive features. It also provides an impetus to music creators who can engage with their audience in real-time and act upon their recommendations and requests. We are stoked by the success of the first season and may look at continuing this for show through different seasons in the time to come.” 

Popular rapper trio DOGZ MUSIC, who performed at the finale, commented, “With digital platforms on the rise, creators now have several avenues to showcase their talent, something which we felt was missing earlier. Platforms like Roposo not only provide young musicians with a stage to showcase their talent, but also enable them to develop a huge following considering the scale of users it has onboard along with Glance. We’ve seen several music competitions; however, The MIC was a first-of-its-kind contest where talented individuals could compete in a livestreaming format and the winner was chosen based on live votes on the platform instantaneously. We were really impressed by the concept and the talent that has emerged from The MIC.”

Talented Beatboxer, Beatslayer aka Abhishek Kurme, who performed an amazing set at the finale, added, “Roposo Mic was a first-of-its-kind experience. I felt it was a unique reality show, as performances were happening live, both in-person and virtual. I felt the concept of the audience deciding the winners was quite innovative. I'm happy that Roposo gave such a unique opportunity to singers and I'm grateful that I got to be a part of it as well.”

Talking about his win, Gaurav Gerera expressed, “I am overjoyed that the viewers chose me as the winner of The MIC. During the finale, I performed a medley of songs, and I am thrilled that everyone loved it and it helped me win the title. It has been an incredible journey for me and I'm glad that Roposo provided me with such an amazing chance to showcase my talent in front of millions of viewers and receive instant and overwhelming validation from listeners. The experience was top notch and I’m glad to know that the platform is helping aspiring singers like me to build a career and connect with music lovers across the country and the world.”

Almost 200 budding singers from different cities auditioned for Roposo’s The MIC. Of these, 20 participants were shortlisted for the two-month program based on their song selection, performance, and versatility. The first-of-its-kind singing competition saw them battle each other in a one-on-one knockout format. Millions of users from Glance and Roposo voted for their favorite performer via a live poll feature during these battles and helped them advance to the next round of the competition. The six finalists emerged through the course of multiple phases of the competitions.

With the success of The MIC’s first edition, Roposo has added to its vision of being the leading digital destination for pop culture and introduced new age ways of finding unique singing talent and bringing them to the fore. With several fresh and interesting initiatives lined up, Roposo is all set to continue its journey of discovering and promoting creators across different verticals while helping them become trendsetters, finding a greater audience reach and monetizing their talent.

 

Divo collaborates with Spotify for exclusive podcasts

Mumbai/Chennai: 16th August, 2022: Divo, one of India’s leading and well-established digital media and music companies has partnered with Spotify, one of the world’s most popular audio streaming platforms, to launch new podcasts. With this association, Divo now enters the fast-growing podcast market in India, and will be responsible for launching Spotify-exclusive audio content for its talent pool. Along with launching the podcast, Divo will also amplify the launch via social media activities, and influencer marketing across platforms.

Till date, Divo has released eight podcasts on Spotify, with well-known regional voices such as RJ Sha, RJ Ananthi, Aranthangi Nisha, Rajmohan, Rishipedia, Kishen Das, Shanthnu & Kiki, and MaKaPa Anand, whose faces and art are known to wide audiences.

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Since their launch, Makapa and Rishipedia have consistently featured on the Spotify podcast top chart in India, as have most of the other creators who are associated with Divo as a part of this initiative. In terms of episodes, most of the episodes of the ‘Ted Bundy’ crime series of Rishipedia have topped the ‘Top episode’ charts multiple times.

Speaking on the association with Spotify, Shahir Muneer, Founder and Director, Divo said, “The podcast market is booming, and Spotify is a global leader in the segment. This makes them the right partner for us to help grow this vertical. Tapping into local talent and markets is the need of the hour.  The journey has just begun, and it is overwhelming to see the positive responses coming in for the released podcasts.”

Divo has also collaborated with Spotify for Sound Up, a global program by the audio streaming platform that is designed to amplify the voices of marginalized communities in different parts of the world. In India, the program targeted women podcasters, enabling them to turn their ideas into a podcast.

Aman Verma, Ruchi Gujjar & Jubin Shah ‘Ek Ladki’ song Out Now


The emotional & heart breaking song ‘Ek Ladki’ starring Aman Verma, actress Ruchi Gujjar and Jubin Shah is not out on Filmy Clap Desi Music Channel. The video song has taken over social media and has gone viral. The music video is produced by Filmy Clap Production house, and is directed by Sajan Agarwal. The song is composed by Sumit Saha and sung by singer Rishabh Giri. It’s being produced by Guruji Kailash Raigar. Actress Ruchi Gujjar has celebrated her birthday along with co-star and director. Sajan introduced Ruchi Gujjar through this music video.

In the music video, Ruchi Gujjar, Aman Verma and Jubin Shah will be seen in a love triangle story. The song was shot at beautiful location in Mumbai

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FC Play Announces Launch of Emerging Artist Showcase Powered by Hitlab DNA© Patented and Proprietary Technology

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Final Coast and its app FC Play, a Marketplace with streaming of content, Music, ecommerce, Fashion, Edtech consumers platform and with the launch of the streaming platform in India FC play announces ‘Deas ‘powered By Hitlab.
 

An emerging artist challenge with a fully digital application process, where artists can submit their songs for digital analysis through HITLAB’s artificial intelligence DNA technology and enter the global emerging artist showcase challenge.
 
Final Coast and its app FC Play, a Marketplace with streaming of content, Music, ecommerce, Fashion, Edtech consumers platform and with the launch of the streaming platform in India FC play announces ‘Deas ‘powered By Hitlab. An emerging artist challenge with a fully digital application process, where artists can submit their songs for digital analysis through HITLAB’s patented and proprietary artificial intelligence DNA technology.

Final Coast private limited with the launch of FC Play becomes a digital transformation company which has been in the business of content and ecommerce. Final Coast has launched its app on August 15th with entertainment, music, ecommerce and gaming, a 3d virtual world accessible through phones and tablets curated by technology partners Peafowl and Envoi USA. A company run by women at the forefront as founders and managed by a young team of women from a gamut of experience of different industries, aiming to reach 10 million audiences in India and across other countries by the end of 2022.
 
Hitlab is a digital media entertainment company Headquartered in Montreal Canada that is revolutionizing the way cultural content is discovered, produced, and consumed. The company uses their technology to engage consumers and create strong interactions between consumers and brands. Hitlab has well-established national and global relationships with creative professionals, record companies, publishers, executives, producers, managers, media outlets, venues and promoters.
 
Mr. Anant Ganediwal Director Final Coast private Limited and FC play India says – “Deas powered by Hitlab’s DNA© technology will be very close to our heart as it will be our launching of our app in the country,” says Mr. Ganedhiwal, he further mentions. “This platform Deas will bring Indian emerging talent to global audiences and we along with Hitlab will grow globally and showcase Indian talent and business to the world, I am thrilled to have got in such excellent platform to collaborate with and such great caliber come together for this project(s) from the creative bent of mind Michel Zgarka HITLAB’s president and CEO. I am certain that the talent in India will reach the global audiences, and this will give them a larger platform to showcase. We also appreciate the role of Mr. Asit shah, CEO -Orasi Digital media Pvt ltd (Strategic partners of Hitlab globally) to have brought the Hitlab Partnership to us. We have a fantastic team who manage the company -Arti Gudal CEO who comes with 24 years of experience in Retail, ecommerce, and media industry and Darshana shah, Director who comes with 22 years of Marketing experience in Retail, Ecommerce, Digital, Insurance and media. Srinath Sridharan is a Strategic advisor who is a startup advisor, a Strategic counsel for over two decades with leading corporates across diverse sectors including automobile-commerce, advertising, media tech and financial services, Member of the ‘Closing the Skills Gap Task Force’ initiative of World Economic Forum FC play is set to launch in India followed by other countries.”
 
Mr. Michel Zgarka, President CEO, Hitlab stated, “We are calling ourselves talent without borders and push to show that talent has absolutely no color. Anyone, from anywhere, can have talent. The rising popularity of Latin, African, Indian and crossover styles exemplifies that today’s mainstream music scene is becoming an increasingly global environment. We're constantly evolving our technologies and seeing that machine learning learns from itself and helps us become more efficient in our processes, it's very exciting. It helps us see the world as one place.”
 
HITLAB’s AI technology is not meant to take away the humanity or human factor from music assured Zgarka.“Our AI might give us hit potential, but then we turn over to humans, all the other elements that make up the music industry are still, and will forever, be driven by human taste.”
 
FC play and Hitlab Launch Emerging artist showcase from the 15th of August to the 30th of November where anyone can upload songs from FC play page over Hitlab at a price :

Get the songs evaluated on AI based technology and enter the global competition – Upload now – only Original songs

1 song - USD 6.95 /INR 556
5 songs - USD 15.95/ INR 1276
10 songs - USD 25.95/ INR 2076

Mobile android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fcplay.www
Android tv - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fcplaytv.www
Fire tv - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09YVH7TGQ
iOS- https://apps.apple.com/in/app/fc-play/id1623153537
Web Browser - https://fcplay.co/

Buland Singh Mastana on Gaah records.

We would like this opportunity to share Sangram Malik's latest single called, Buland Singh Mastana on Gaah recordsThe track has been inspired by the legendary Punjabi artist 'Asa Singh Mastana'.

It speaks about longing, pondering and introspections of a man; his beloved at the center of these conversations. 

#SangramMaliks #BulandSinghMastana #AsaSinghMastana #legendarypunjabisong

YUM YUM a Music video

My Name is Mahchow,
I'm A Music Artist, I'm attaching a Sound cloud link to this email of my
upcoming song YUM YUM along with the drive link of the Music video,
It has both vibes from 'pumping you up at a club that you show your
grooves'
TO 'Giving you Nostalgia and very chill space from the lyrics while
having a "session".

#musicvideo #newsong #yumyum #machowyumyum

"Desert Rose" a colourful celebration of love, life and his picturesque homeland of Rajasthan

The first & the only folk singer to glorify Indian soil on international land at Cannes Film Festival launches his newest Indie album “Desert Rose” which is a unique collection of 6 songs- Rajasthan Express, Saawan- A Musical Storm, Halariya, Sajde, Kabira, Hawa Se

For the very first time ever a folk artist has featured some of the greatest legends of the music industry ranging from Indian classical to contemporary, no other than Purbayan Chatterjee, Taufiq Qureshi, Gino Banks, Sheldon D'Silva, Ojas Adhiya, Dilshad Khan, Amar Sangam and Nihal Kamboj are featured in the song called Saawan ~ A musical storm.

Guests- Seema Singh (MeghShrey NGO Director), Arko Mujherji (Music Composer Teri Mitti song), Pravin Bhardwaj (Music Composer), Gino Banks (Drummer), Kully Rehal (Album cover designer), Sameer Malhotra (Actor), Aarti Khetarpal (Actress, Modal), Amar Sangam ( renown guitar player ). 

#Desert Rose #RajasthanExpress #SaawanAMusicalStorm #HalariyaSajdeKabira

Indian Ocean Enthralls Music Fans at Vi Music Events

Music lovers across the country were treated to an electrifying live performance by bassist-vocalist Rahul Ram, drummer Amit Kilam, along with the other members of Indian Ocean, a legendary fusion rock band that has etched itself into the heart of the Indian music legacy, in the opening week performance of Vi Music Events on the Vi App.

The memorable musical experience was the first among the thrilling line-up of eclectic performances curated by leading telecom brand, Vi, as part of its ‘Vi Music Events’ on the Vi App, in partnership with Hungama Music. With Vi Music Events, Vi customers get to groove to trending songs and power-packed performances by the best and biggest performers in the music world, every Friday, from the comfort and convenience of their place.

Vi Music Events’ maiden live music concert saw Indian Ocean perform some of its most popular albums such as Kandisa, Bandeh etc. Indian Ocean fans got an opportunity to watch their favourite band perform exclusively for them, while not having to worry about huge crowds, as the concert was brought to them on the Vi app digital platform at a nominal ticket of Rs. 19.

#bassistvocalistRahulRam #drummerAmitKilam #IndianOcean,

Metalhonic New Album Release

Metalhonic is an Indian Modern Metal band From New Delhi, India, formed in 2019. The band comprises vocalist and guitarist Mohit Vig, and Drummer Rahul Rana. The band's debut Album "Origin" was self-released through metalhonic records in 2020. The band has released four studio albums and thirteen singles to date. Their fourth studio album, Sanctimonious To The End, was released on November 4, 2022.

The band's musical style takes inspiration from various sub-genres of metal including, heavy metal, progressive metal, nu-metal, and metalcore. Etc.

This album is a big achievement for the band. It took us almost a year and a lot of fun sessions to create it. After the release of the third record, The sickness is real, we were ready for the new chapter of metalhonic and wanted to make our musical style faster, heavier, and lyrically more aggressive. We wanted to test our limits as musicians and try different vibes, and I think we really pushed ourselves and came out stronger than ever before.

Everything is Produced, Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered at Metalhonic Records Studio, New Delhi.

The genre of the album can be described primarily as Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, Metalcore, and Nu Metal. Regarding the artwork, the artwork was the first thing that was created before everything to lay the foundation of the album.

The phrase, Sanctimonious, means making a show of being morally superior. The whole idea started with this phrase while I was creating the artwork. Lyrically the album reflects on this topic while taking you on a journey. The main difference is, the story is from the perspective of the antagonist. I think this idea of thinking of yourself as superior to others is selfish and our history shows us the results of having these kinds of thoughts.

The main problem that we faced during the studio session was the production aspect and choosing the right songs for the album. We wanted a particular sound to match the vibe and we wanted to achieve that with the little equipment we have in the metalhonic studio. The struggle was huge but we managed to find the right sound we were after.

Links To Music

Bandcamp: https://metalhonic.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3kjA9Rc5okCvc9pcdrvyes

Itunes: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/metalhonic/1164913475

 

#MetalhonicIndianModernMetalband #NewDelhi #India#vocalist  #guitaristMohitVig #DrummerRahulRana #records2020. #SanctimoniousToTheEnd #metal #heavymetal #progressivemetal #nu-metal #metalcore

Suicide prevention by Gowtham Lenin

Suicide Song is a solo debut by Gowtham Lenin. The song was released on the world mental health day aiming to spread awareness on Suicide prevention. The current pandemic situation has been tough of all of us and  many amongst us are struggling to cope up with depression and anxiety. few choose death as an easier way out. This song titled Suicide song urges all fellow beings to seek help when in struggling.

Gowtham is a Cinematographer by profession and has worked in over 20 movie in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. He is the son of renowned Malayalam Movie director Late Sri Lenin Rajendran. Gowtham has been working on his passion for music from his college days when he started playing guitar.He was hugely influenced from bands like Radiohead and Porcupine Tree.He has released two songs so far, the first one through his 2 piece band Astral Cars. The song was titled 'Waking life' which was based on Richard  Linklater's movie Waking Life. 

Gowtham has also released few electronic music albums which were primarily instagram/YouTube releases.

The links to his Music are :

Suicide Song By Gowtham Lenin 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6QOMlmIcdU

Astral Cars - Waking life 
https://youtu.be/MmUjtALgPqI
 

The Jazz Bug

If you are looking for an introduction to jazz, this is it. You just have to lay your hands on
Mookerjee’s 100 page book that pours out in simple language the evolution of jazz music.
An authoritative work of research laced with a bit of humor at times, the well-written book,
chronicles jazz down the ages, era to era, how a musical revolution that allowed the African-
American community to raise their voice and be heard, a voice to bring out their miserable lives
and their feelings.
The author begins with the hisotry of jazz music before its birth, its growth in the US almost 100
years ago.  Particularly appreciative, is the sociological and historical implications that the author
provides for various movements, trends and changes that happened down the years from the shift
from New Orleans – the birthplace of Jazz, onto places like Chicago, New York, Detroit,
Memphis to Los Angeles and many other cities. In the process, focus shifting to styles of jazz
which include bebop and cool jazz, Latin American Jazz, Bossa Nova and Gypsy Jazz and more.
Mookerjee is not only articulate in his representation of jazz history, giving good short stories,
but his facts are documented with a suggested listening section at the back of each section of the
book naming composers and performers urging you to give a spin, all this connecting with the
chapter he is talking about.
This move will probably heighten the appreciation of jazz, that the only next left of course is
watching jazz musicians play either live on stage or to put on a favorite DVD.
Jazz music lovers in India will certainly find the book informative, but while the author states in
his back cover note that ‘a brilliant and established form such as Jazz, with its wonderful varied
and intricate sounds merits a large following in India’, he sadly has given a royal miss to
covering the Indian jazz music scene.
Until a few years ago, the well known and well attended Jazz Yatra was a huge crowd puller
with not only Indian acts, but many Indian acts taking part. In recent times, there have been a
host of concerts, stage events and recitals taking place. There was a restaurant, Jazz By the Bay
which changed its name for obvious reasons, which just showed that there was a Jazz following
in India even though small as it maybe. Covering the Indian connect to Jazz, should’ve been a
priority in a book that talks about American and later Europe Jazz. To add to that, a few names
who have been mentioned in the book have performed here. Needless to say we also have a
Godfather of Jazz in India. A chapter or two dedicated to Indian Jazz would’ve given the Indian
perspective of the current scenario here and showcase the young breed who are trying to revive
this sound in their own way. The author’s claim ‘in this country where this music has been
languishing and now almost a forgotten…’ gives a sad story. The dedication page too gives
away what the author intends to do, but doesn’t
That aside, ‘The Jazz Bug’ will appeal to a wide audience, serving as a fascinating introduction
for new fans of Jazz, an invaluable and long-needed book for jazz lovers and musicians, and an
indispensable reference for students and educators. The author has also added a separate chapter

on Jazz instruments detailing their use and the artists that used them. Sound advice we’d say. To
support this, he has also added images of each instrument in a separate chapter. But why, when
the information on the instruments and the images of the instruments could’ve been in one
chapter.
In an age of prefabricated pop stars, rock music, EDM, Bollywood music, it’s good to look back
on the real music, real melodies and a sound that will never die. With a bang on attractive cover
picture showing jazz in all its finery, The Jazz Bug, is a great pocket friendly sized book to own.

TuneCore partners with Gaana

Leading music distribution service TuneCore recently announced its partnership with India’s largest music streaming platform Gaana. TuneCore is owned by Paris based Believe and together the companies distribute one-third of the world’s digital music.
Since the time of its launch in India earlier this year, TuneCore has added new services and local partners to improve the user experience and reach of Indian artists. This latest addition to the distribution network will ensure that music from TuneCore artists can now be accessed by Gaana’s 185 million+ listeners.


TuneCore allows artists to retain all rights to their music and earn 100% of the revenue from streaming and downloads. Through TuneCore, Indian artists can distribute to the company’s extensive network of digital stores across the globe, including Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Facebook as well as local India stores, Gaana, JioSaavn, Hungama and Wynk. TuneCore is partnered with over 150 digital stores and streaming services across 100+ countries worldwide providing independent artists with the opportunity to sell and share their music in important and growing global markets, such as India, the rest of Asia, South America, Africa, and Russia, as well as the United States and Europe.


TuneCore enables India-based artists to collect revenue from streaming services, digital download stores, all in their local currency. In addition, TuneCore also features local content that caters to the Indian independent artist community including guides written by local music industry veterans Achille Forler and Mae Thomas which provide practical steps, education, and advice for Indian independent artists. 
Heena Kriplani, Head of TuneCore India said, “At Tunecore, we are constantly working to serve our artists’ needs with the best and prioritising partnerships that provide the most benefits. Gaana’s reach of over 185 million listeners adds to our already robust suite of local partners and boostsIndian audiences for all of TuneCore’s independent artists all over the
world.”


Prashan Agarwal, CEO,Gaana said, “In our decade-long journey to emerge as the country’s No. 1 music app, we have been committed to leveraging tech to empower emerging indie artists to strengthen the bond they share with their audiences. To that effect, we have unveiled multiple initiatives and a proprietary Dashboard that empowers independent artists with custom data so they can understand their audiences’ better. It's heartening to welcome. TuneCore as one of our esteemed partners as a part of our efforts to offer talented young musicians a world-class platform to showcase their talent on their own terms.”


TuneCore, which launched in India this year, is the eighth international expansion for the Brooklyn, N.Y-based service provider. The company subsequently expanded in Russia and Brazil in August this year. TuneCore expanded into both UK and Australia markets in 2015, Germany, France, and Italy in 2016, while TuneCore Japan and TuneCore Canada
provide similar localized services since 2012 and 2011, respectively

'Sarmast' is a tale of losing oneself

Big Bang Music's new addition to their roster, singer-songwriter RAHI's song 'Sarmast' was re-released recently. Born and bred in Kashmir, Rahi’s Sarmast is a collaboration with the Garo tribe of the Tura village, Meghalaya. Sarmast's unique soundscapes are nuanced with Sufi melody garbed in the eastern musicality and Garo lyrics. The songsmith is known for songs like Kasheer and Tu Le Ja Mujhe.

Talking about the song, Rahi said, ‘Music has been a way of storytelling for me since I can remember. Sarmast is a tale of losing oneself to the surrounding. The surprising thing is, the people I collaborated with did not understand the Sufi language, so music was the only bridge that got us together and brought Sarmast to its existence. The fact that we learnt from each other, despite the language barrier inspired me to do this collaboration. The soulful energy the Garo community brought to Sarmast is beyond expression. The mixture of the lyrics and the melody blended together so well that the rawness of the composition defined the feeling we shared while making Sarmast. I believe we all are travellers, journeying our way towards what seeks us and the sole motive of making music is to bring communities together, learn from one another and present the creation like never before.’

# Hemshree Antani #Rahi

'Chandni' is a smooth urban romantic song,

Singer-songwriter and Bollywood playback singer Vibha Saraf’s new song "Chandni" will see her first collaboration as a lyricist/singer with the music composer/producer Raajeev V Bhalla, releasing on 14th June this month.

"Chandni" is a smooth urban romantic song, largely influenced by (chill pop / R&B) genre. The Song has smooth vocals with funky sampling that makes it a relaxed romantic tune but groovy at the same time. The Lyrics were written keeping the genre and space in mind, what kind of words would befit a moon lit night and an easy peasy romantic scenario but with a dash of playfulness.

Vibha Saraf is an Indian singer-songwriter and Bollywood playback singer. She performs folk songs and writes and performs music for soundtracks, primarily Kashmiri folk-inspired songs. 

Her work has been featured on the soundtracks for the films Raazi, which went to win Best Film in the 64th Filmfare Awards, and Gully Boy, the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019. In 2019, she was nominated for Best Female Playback Singer for the 65th Filmfare Awards and won the Best Female Playback Singer for the 20th International Indian Film Academy Awards and Zee Cine's best Playback singer for the song "Dilbaro". This year too she has been nominated for IIFA for her collaboration with Ranveer Singh on "kab se Kab tak" (Gullyboy). Saraf has written music for Nucleya, written on two of his songs "Dhoop", and "Behka" and performed on "Lori".

Raajeev V Bhalla is a Indian Composer, Producer, singer, Writer and a Multi genre / Multi Instrumentalist based in Mumbai, India.initially As a Guitar player he is trained in Western Classical Music from Trinity College of Music London and also Trained in Indian Classical.He plays instruments like Guitar, Bass, Piano, Mandolin, Oud, Rabab, recorder, clarinet, bouzouki n few more. With a strong influence of Jazz, Blues, Classical and HipHop to Trap. His production has Vast range of sounds which comes with ease.  More than a decade Now he Has been one of the leading Music Producer in television AD industry.  ?Brands he has produced music for like COCA-COLA, HITACHI, TOSHIBA, VIDEOCON, PHILLIPS, SONY, DABUR, KELLOGGS, KINGFISHER, MCDOWELLS’s, MC’DONALDS, KFC, BAJAJ, HERO, HYUNDAE, SBI, ICICI,IPL,STAR INDIA to name few. He has also composed and produced channel’s Signature Ident (theme) for SETMAX. He has recorded with some of the biggest names in music in India  like Rekha Bhardwaj, KK, Lucky Ali, Mohit Chauhan, Usha Uthup, Sukhwinder Singh, Kailash Kher, Benny Dayal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shalmali Kholgade, Raftar, Badshah to name a few.  He has scored Songs for a National Award Winning Film I AM.

*My birthday song (title track)

*O Teri (Title track)

Raajeev also has won *BEST MUSIC 8th DELHI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FEST 2019, *BEST MUSIC SOUTHERN SHORTS AWARDS 2018.

Raajeev is producing different Genre's and Collaborating with many artist, from Ambient Music to Chill Pop to hiphop and acoustic vibe...and exploring new sounds every day.

#Rajiv Bhalla #Vibha Saraf

'Wanga Kaaliyan' is out sung by Asses Kaur

Asees Kaur, an immensely talented and the most versatile singer of the Bollywood fraternity collaborates with VYRL Originals for the 3rd time for the release of their latest non-film song ‘Wanga Kaaliyan’.Known for being the voice behind the superhit tracks ‘Ve Maahi’, ‘Akh Lade Jaave’ ‘Makhna’ and many more, Asees brings to you ‘Wanga Kaaliyan’, a fun and energetic song with pop and desi tunes set against signature Punjabi beats. Asees Kaur adds her lively and high-spirited voice to this song, which has been beautifully penned by Raj Fatehpur, the track is composed by Vikas and produced by Sunny Vik, marking this as another successful collaboration of the trio (Raj Fatehpur, Vikas and Sunny Vik) in the industry.

Wanga Kaaliyan is a fun song which highlights the desires and attention a girl seeks for in a relationship. The song describes the quintessential things a girl expects her lover to do with her, from romantic conversations to taking her shopping, to traveling the world and at large the consistent request she has to spend quality time together. These cute banters are portrayed in a cheeky and playful animated lyric video bringing a festive vibrancy to it.

Excited about the release of Wanga Kaaliyan, Asees Kaur commented“Wanga Kaaliyan is a fun, peppy song and I feel people will connect with it & dance along. I have always wanted to sing a Punjabi dance song and when I heard the idea of doing ‘Wanga Kaaliyan’ with the trio - Raj Fatehpur, Vikas & Sunny Vik, I was super stoked. It will be a dream come true to see people dance on Wanga Kaaliyan at weddings. I would also like to extend my thanks to the VYRL Originals, for me they are more than a label, they're my family.” 

Sharing his thoughts on ‘Wanga Kaaliyan’, Vinit Thakkar, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Music India & South Asia, said, Asees is a brilliant artist & one of the finest voices amongst today’s generation of singers. I’m super excited for her next release on VYRL Originals and I am sure that this song will bring some much needed cheer & positivity in this difficult time!”

#Ozair Syed #Vinit Thakkar #Asees Kaur

NMIMS - School Of Performing Arts' Admissions Open

With the legacy of 40 years, NMIMS Deemed to be University has grown to being not only one of the top-10 B-schools in India but also emerged as a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus University at Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Indore, Shirpur, Dhule, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chandigarh and seventeen constituent schools that include Management, Family Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, Architecture, Commerce, Economics, Law, Science, Liberal Arts, Design, Performing Arts, Mathematical Science, Agricultural Science, Hospitality Management, Branding & Advertising and Distance Learning. In addition, we have nine Centres of Excellence as well at the University.

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS – NMIMS
In recent years, NMIMS Deemed to be University expanded its horizons in the field of music under the new multi-disciplinary School of Performing Arts.

Students with musical talents are trained and given an opportunity to transform their passion for music into a successful career. After completing 3 years, students are honoured with the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Contemporary Western Music. The school provides an enriching environment that plays a pivotal role in developing hearts, minds, bodies and the passion for performing arts.

NMIMS School of Performing Arts provides India’s 1st degree in Contemporary Western Music. The school is a home to talented music students from all over India and celebrated artists from across the globe form the faculty. The School provides diverse student culture, rich curriculum curated in collaboration with leading music schools and industry professionals. The program involves an integrated study of both theoretical & practical knowledge of music. This holistic blend enables the student to not only master their performance area but also be conceptually strong.

The faculty is empanelled by well-known music schools and consists of industry experts. Some of them are Louiz Banks, Gino Banks, Clement Rooney, Gina Mirenda, Chandresh Kudwa and Sheldon D’silva.

Since the school is strategically located in the hub of Indian entertainment, students get unmatched exposure to the industry. Quality internship and placement opportunities are available for the students. With limited seats, the students get to experience highly personalised attention and best tutoring. The study list include: Drum, Guitar, Bass, Music History, Music Theory & Harmony, Music Production, Piano, Vocal, Music Technology, Ear Training, Instrumentation Lab, Composition, Music Business and more.

So if you’re looking to make music your prosperous career, NMIMS School of Performing Arts has everything you need to make it happen.

Singer-songwriter Sooraj releases a music video

After releasing his 11-song album titled ‘Here We Go,’ Sooraj is now working on bringing those songs to life on the screen with a series of music videos. ‘The Actor,’ he says, is the first of more videos that he has planned. “Moving through the masquerade, I just want to see your face,” pleads Sooraj in his newest music video for his song ‘The Actor.’ In the video, Sooraj tells the classic tale of a young artist with big dreams in the unforgiving world of Hollywood – with a twist.

Sooraj recently graduated from Musician’s Institute, Hollywood with a degree in vocal performance but has been playing the keyboards since age one and a half, passing his Trinity College Grade 8 keyboard exam at age six, and playing multiple instruments such as the guitar, drums, bass while combining them all into music production. His other music videos for the songs ‘Nemesis’ and ‘City Beat’ raked up over 60,000 and 150,000 views on YouTube respectively, while he performed his songs from the album both in the US and in India. He is also a private pilot, and has in fact shot an aerial scene for the music video from the flight deck of a small aircraft.

The video, shot by LA-based filmmaker Jonas Gaida is a reflection on Sooraj’s own stories and observations of the Hollywood glitz and what goes on behind the scenes. “The song is about people who start out with stars in their eyes and end up pushed to the ground by the world around them. It was inspired by true-life stories of people being forced to warp their original identity and aspirations by the big bad world who wants them to be someone they aren’t.” With a smile, he adds, “I walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame every day and all I step on are pink stars on the boulevard. I thought to myself, is this the pinnacle of fame – to have a star on the boulevard and have people walk over you? That was what sparked the writing of this song.”

‘The Actor’ can be found on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and the song is available to stream as part of Sooraj’s album ‘Here We Go,’ on all major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Saavn and Amazon Play.

 

Harrdy Sandhu releases new track..

Harrdy Sandhu’s first single of 2020 is here! Called Jee Karr Daa, it stars the gorgeous Amyra Dastur opposite the singer-actor.After back-to-back dance bangers like Dance Like, Kya Baat Ay and Naah with Bollywood beauties like Nora Fatehi and Lauren Gottlieb, the singer’s latest track draws you in with an out-and-out romantic vibe that keeps you on the dance floor as well.

Featuring lyrics by Mellow D and music by Akull, the video is unlike anything we’ve seen from Harrdy this far. Directed by TruMakers, it has been shot at exotic locations (Istanbul, in particular) that will make you fall in love with the scenic beauty and make you take that dreamy trip with your partner. Harrdy Sandhu and Amyra Dastur’s chemistry in the video will leave you with the desire to listen more and keep watching the lead pair.

Of his first song of 2020, Harrdy says, “Jee Karr Daa is just the beginning, I promise to keep surprising my fans with such unique foot-tapping songs in 2020. Also, this song’s hook will definitely stick with listeners.”

Meanwhile, Harrdy is all set to enthrall Bollywood with a starring role in the Ranveer Singh-led multi-starrer 83, directed by Kabir Khan, which showcases the Indian cricket team’s victory at the 1983 World Cup.

Seasonal Affected Beats releases new single...

One of the finest jazz drummers in India, Tarun Balani explores electronic music in his solo project, Seasonal Affected Beats. Referring to what he does as ‘improvised electronic music’, as Seasonal Affected Beats he brings the finesse, controlled volatility and discipline of jazz and merges it with malleability of electronic beats. 

Imagined as a trans-media electronic project – that was launched in 2018 – Seasonal Affected Beats sees Tarun make music through the prism of his reality, formed by his experiences of the world around him. Themes like mental health, climate change, rapid urbanisation, socio-political issues and digital existentialism play on his mind, and find their way into his lush and tactile productions that pulse with emotions.
 
2 ° (2 degrees), his new EP, releases on March 13, and was the musical output outcome of his thoughts and experiences of living in a “dystopic, apocalyptic world” (read Delhi’s pollution levels) and the impending dangers of climate change. The name, 2 ° (2 degrees), in fact comes from the Paris Agreement

On Friday, he released a new track called Prelude, from his soon-to-be-released EP, 2 ° (2 degrees).

“The music of 2° (2 degrees) is composed like a suite, with each piece leading into the other and to be considered as separate movements within the suite,” says Tarun of the EP. “The song ‘Prelude’ introduces the listener to the sonic landscape of the EP, from spacey and minimal, to complex and disorderly. I hope to evoke a feeling of intrigue and leave the listeners wanting more,” he adds.

The slow crescendo of synths on ‘Prelude’ conveys the urgency of the situation and, perhaps, of Tarun’s state of mind.

You can listen to the track here:

https://fanlink.to/seasonalaffectedbeats-2degrees

"Republik Of Musik" a one-stop solution for music in India

Understanding the Indian Music Scenes, Varun Gupta introduces "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" a one-stop solution to satisfy the interest of those who wish to obtain music for their projects, i.e: Films, Web Series, Music Labels, Entertainment Channels, etc.

With the introduction of "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" Varun Gupta visions to eliminate all the hurdles faced by them while getting a song & music for their project.
“REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” is the first-ever "One Stop Solution for Music in India". Brainchild of Varun Gupta, “REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” is a sister concern of Ampliify Times. The vision is to set the most beautiful songs & music to their rightly deserving and destined place and make the entire process smoother for everyone.

Calling it on of its kind company, “REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” banks thousands of best songs & music. It is an abode of world-class music composers, singers, lyricists, sound engineers, and many more artists across the globe. This setup works with almost 200 composers world-wide, that’s pretty much the essence of excellence.

“REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” also curates content in non- friction & friction space in music & other areas- i.e.  OTT Platforms, Television, Films etc.

The best part of "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" is that, they works beyond the geographical barriers. Any composer, singer or artist sitting anywhere in the world can send their work to Mumbai, and get the platform to shine with “REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” & Ampliify Times. For those who can't physically make their way to Mumbai, “REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” virtually brings Mumbai to them.

Priding themselves as show curation & show direction company- Founder of "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK”, Varun Gupta was the Creative Director and Show Director for Imperial Blue Super Hit Night Series- A multi city tour with Vishal-Shekhar, Sunil Grover, B Praak, Jassi Gill, Zubeen Garg & KK-Mohan.

They also curated "Race 2020" - biggest production new year show in Dubai with Badshah, B Praak, Sukriti & Prakriti Kakar, Amaal Mallik & many more.  

Today, "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" has embarked on its journey with Balaji Telefilms, Zee5, Alt Balaji, and none other than Ekta Kapoor, strategizing music for their upcoming web series 'It Happened in Calcutta'. 

“REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” has arrived as a 'One Stop Solution' to anyone who needs songs/music "It has been a fun experience to design music with Ekta Kapoor & team. REPUBLIK OF MUSIK would like to thank her and Chloe Qureshi (Creative Producer - Balaji) for their heartily belief in us"

Varun Gupta, Founder of "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" says, "For me it is a dream come true setup, where the entire music industry is going to be nourished with beautiful works. Never fading, as the sound of REPUBLIK OF MUSIK is here to make permanent places in hearts."

Varun Gupta who started out as an artist calls it is a beautiful journey while strategizing music, curating heartfelt melodies & sounds to their destiny.

 

Celebrate love this season with VYRL Originals..

In this month of Love, VYRL Originals is all set to refresh you with a new love song ‘Tum Na Ho’ by Arjun Kanungo & Prakriti Kakar. Composed by the young and talented M Ajay Vaas with lyrics by Kunaal Vermaa, the music video features internet sensations Awez Darbar and Nagma Mirajkar, who perfectly portray a love story of a young couple living in a long distance relationship who continue to be each other’s greatest strengths.

Directed by Adil Shaikh, the song illustrates a compelling love story that stands the test of time and space in today’s fast-paced world. It conveys a beautiful message of how true love can break the barriers of distance by displaying their affection and determination of being together. At the end of the video, the two protagonists find a way to be together regardless of their circumstances.

Pioneering this unique initiative in the non-film music space, VYRL Originals strategically partnered with Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT) to give an exclusive glimpse of ‘Tum Na Ho’ in their latest short film that revolved around love, which left fans curious and asking to hear more of the song making it a one of a kind collaboration.

Speaking about his experience on the track Arjun Kanungo comments,"I believe in giving my fans a variety of songs and Tum Na Ho felt like something new to me. It is a wonderful love song with a very fresh soundscape. Sometimes I feel like singing it, and at times dancing to it!. M Ajay Vaas is a talented young composer and I’m happy to be associated with him and yet another project for VYRL Originals. I feel in my gut that Tum Na Ho is going to be a superhit, so here goes!"

Sharing her thoughts Prakriti Kakar speaks,“Tum Na Ho is a super special track that I had the opportunity to hop on for VYRL Originals. It’s a very cool pop approach to a love song highlighting the concept of a Long Distance Relationship and is also extremely relatable. It’s composed by M Ajay Vaas and would be my first collaboration track this year. I instantly fell in love with the lyrics and the music when I heard it for the first time and can’t wait for everyone to finally hear it. This would be my second release this year and no better time to release than February which is the month of celebrating love! It also stars the extremely talented Awez and Nagma and their chemistry pops another flavor to the track and definitely takes the video to the next level. I’m absolutely hooked to the chorus lines and I hope everybody feels the same way! Stoked to be releasing this on 20th Feb and I hope everybody celebrates the spirit of fun , love and feelings with this one!”

 

Speaking about Tum Na Ho  M Ajay Vaas comments, “Tum Na Ho is a track that is very precious to me as its one of those compositions that have come straight from my heart. I was always a fan of Arjun Kanungo and I am glad that both Arjun and Prakriti Kakkar came together to do this song, I couldn't have gotten any better duo to do this. VYRL Originals, always gives you more than what you expect, and the best part is that they understand the vision of composers as well. I think they have done complete justice to the song and I want to thank the entire team of VYRL Originals and Mohit Suri for believing in my compositions."

Speaking about the track, Vinit Thakkar, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Music India & South Asia, said,“2020 is going to be the year of collaborations and we are super excited to get the first collaboration going between our VYRL artists, Arjun Kanungo, Prakriti Kakar and M Ajay Vaas for our latest single Tum Na Ho. It is a unique collaboration that brings together best of both the worlds where Awez and Nagma add to the visual delight making it one of the most anticipated songs across diverse fan bases.”

 

The Journey of life 'Kaafila' by the mall road project

The Mallroad Project – Hindi Indie Rock Band holds musical soiree on different themes which is relevant to today’s youth. It has its roots in Delhi circuits, blending in tradition, musicianship, and imagination.

The band is now releasing its new single ‘Kaafila’ on 14th December. The song is about a sense of belonging with the people we travel this journey of life with and how they give us a sense of purpose.

"Kaafila" - a Hindi word derived from Arabic, means a caravan, a procession or a collectivity in travel -  is a reflection of our lives. An expedition we all start alone towards the destination and as we move, we come across new people in life and a new story begins with each one of them, the kaafila keeps on growing. Often in our lives, we forget to appreciate this kaafila we have, the song is to remind us of how important these people are to us.

We are born alone, we die alone. Between this birth and death, we live alone. Life is so much better when we create the illusion for a moment that we're not alone. In this journey, we come across people concerning family, friends and our loved ones. Our hopes and dreams soon begin to associate with the group of people (Kaafila) that we consider important in our life. We stay together, move together and share our joys and sorrows while we travel together in this journey of life.

The song is set to release on 14th December. The song will be available on the band’s YouTube channel as well  as on all other platforms like Gaana, OkListen and Apple Music.

You can listen the song here: Kaafila - Google Drive 

Past songs & releases

The band had lately been consciously talking about critical issues that plague society. Their last release,Thurky Boss, was inspired by the #MeToo movement and candidly addressed the harassment faced by women in their daily routine.  Prior to this, they released Dehshatgard- voice against terrorism – a song that addressed the social unrest in India. They also, had released a satirical political song, Who is the real Pappu?  that asked people to be careful about believing blindingly in what they were told by netas. Through songs such as these, the band has presented their strong opinions on social issues.

 

“Through our music, we want to contribute to a progressive future and an equal society”.

The band released their first EP Naazi in 2017. The main theme of the EP revolves around exploring the various nuances and emotions of a modern-day romance. The sound ranges from soft soothing melodies to some groovy rock and roll. The EP consists of the titular song Naazi, Nasha, Dil Kyun Khamosh Hai, and one of their most popular songs Tu Kahan.

Their second EP Behti Hawa is an experimental live set performed by the band to capture the raw energy of an in-studio live set-up. Released in September 2018, the EP has a beautiful hard-rock interpretation of A.R. Rahman’s Dil Se apart from the other song Behti Hawa, Tere Khayalon Mein and the captivating Saasein.

One of their songs, Pareshaan gets you thinking as it talks about how we forget to appreciate our lives and get stuck on the darker side of everyday lives.

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Yeda Kaun? Mumabai Rapper's debut album

Mumbai born and raised freestyle rapper, podcaster and performer Yeda Anna releases his debut album today titled- Yeda Kaun? The album features eight tracks that show the rapper at his best unfiltered, original self. The entire album was accomplished from start to finish in the midst of a pandemic and the album title is Yeda Anna’s hilarious play on his own popularity. Each of the eight tracks are unique and express an aspect of the rapper’s life and experiences. The album releases with an animated and visually captivating music video for the track ‘Game Over’ The music video has a powerful video game vibe to it as well.

The journey begins with the track that inspired the album’s name- ‘Yeda Kaun’ that express’s the rapper’s identity. ‘Kyun Kiya Maine Date’ is about his relationship and how being an Indian rapper is not all glitz and glamour that’s shown in most rap music videos. The track ‘Meri Maa’ is a special tribute that details the story of a Transgender mother. In ‘DhokeBaaz’, Yeda Anna calls out the phonies in his life and ‘Chalte Hum Chudh Mein’ is a tribute to where he is from and his life. ‘Laga Lockdown’ expresses the plight of the lockdown and the pandemic we are all in. The album ends with the fast-paced track ‘Game Over’, a hard-hitting finale to his debut album.

Speaking about the album and the association with Most Wanted Records, Mr. Shantanu Pujari, Executive VP, Most Wanted Records shares, “Yeda Anna is India's best freestyle rapper. I've known him for many years and it's an honour to have him under Most Wanted Records and that I’m getting to execute his debut album. He is exactly like his name, crazy with every aspect such as his flow, voice, delivery and over all persona! I’m happy that now everyone can experience his music with this debut!”

Commenting on the release of the album and his career, rapper Yeda Anna shares, “I feel very fortunate and thankful that Yeda Kaun is out. The entire album was created from start to finish during the lockdown because of the pandemic. It was a labour of love by me and my fellow artist friend Khullar G. I’m very proud that its finally out and grateful for this opportunity to release my debut album.”

Signed on to Most Wanted Records in September 2020, Yeda Anna first came into the scene nine years ago for his freestyle rapping skills at events and live gigs. His popularity grew with 50+ stage performances, hosting one of India’s first Hindi podcasts that featured artists from Gully Boy and many respected rappers from the Indian underground music scene.

We’re sure that post the release, Yeda Kaun? will definitely be a question no longer asked!

The Sterling Reserve Music Project collaborates with Monica Dogra

The Sterling Reserve Music Project, an enabler platform for independent artists, chases the next emerging sound on the platform with the soca music inspired song ‘Secret Sauce’ by Indian - American singer-songwriter, Monica Dogra. ‘Secret Sauce’ is Monica’s first musical collaboration with international beat maker and soca music producer Keshav Chandradath Singh. 

Composed and penned by Monica Dogra, “Secret Sauce” is a love song about the ecstasy that love sets into motion in one’s life. The song is about how once love enters your life, everything becomes magical and fantastic. Monica Dogra describes the vibe of the song as a sensual mash up of Caribbean island music, reggae (ton), soca and pop.

The music video features Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar co-starring alongside Monica Dogra. This is the second time the duo comes together on screen, since their last collaboration in the feature film ‘Dobhi Ghat.’ 

Speaking about the release of ‘Secret Sauce,’ Monica Dogra said, “I am very happy that ‘Secret Sauce’ has finally come to life. Working with Keshav was a dream.  Soca has been a genre I’ve never played with as a composer, but I’ve played out as a DJ for so long and Keshav is one of the top soca producers in the world!  He’s worked with the best. The making of the song was like entering an uncharted territory which is just how I like it. “Secret Sauce is so different in multiple aspects from anything I’ve ever done and as a musician, I can proudly say that I made a song that I’d love to listen to on repeat for the first time in my life.” She further added, “While writing the lyrics, my mind was thinking about the immense courage it takes to express one’s affection for another person. Upon hearing the melody of the song for the first time, I just closed my eyes and the lyrics started to stream out of my conscious and onto the paper. It was a beautiful flow... I’m grateful to tap into that. For the music video I wanted to bring back my first costar, Prateik Babbar from the feature film Dhobi Ghat.  That film changed both our lives so much and we’ve maintained a great friendship through the years.  I believe time has made us better. Working with him was sweet! I kept saying it all felt like honey.  Just what ‘Secret Sauce’ is all about.”

Universal Music and EMI Music, India and South Asia Managing Director and CEO Devraj Sanyal said, “The Sterling Reserve Music Project continues to chase the next in it’s endeavour to support and enable Indian independent talent across all genres and languages. Every once in a while, we have the honour to collaborate with a mainstream and exceptionally talented artist and 2020 kickstarts with one such partnership in the form of the song ‘Secret Sauce’ by multifaceted, Monica Dogra. This is the first time we introduce the genre and sound of ‘soca’ music on the platform created right here in the Universal Music India studios, by Monica Dogra and produced by the incredible beatmaker Keshav from the Caribbean. We’re immensely thankful for Prateik Babbar’s appearance alongside Monica Dogra to lend an authentic narrative to the video that is unique to the Sterling Reserve Music Project.” 

Allied Blenders and Distillers’ Chief Operating Officer, Bikram Basu, said, “We begin 2020 with our 11th release, introducing the soca music sound on Sterling Reserve Music Project, through ‘Secret Sauce’ by the immensely talented Monica Dogra. It’s exciting to have Prateik and Monica share screen space once again, which hugely enhances the visual aesthetic of the video. Our platform has always explored unique sounds and with Secret Sauce we are continuing to push boundaries in independent Indian music.” 

ABOUT MONICA DOGRA

Monica Dogra, is an Indian - American singer-songwriter, who is known for her work in various artistic fields. In her discography, Monica has released 7 albums with her recent release - Naraye Mastana hitting number 10 on the pop charts in India. Monica attended NYU, graduating in musical theatre. Monica has also contributed vocals to the renowned song Dooriyan Bhi Hai Zaroori for the film Break Ke baad. Apart from being a talented singer, she is also an acclaimed actress starring in various movies which include Rock on!!, Dhobi Ghat. Her recent acting credit is in the web series ‘Cartels’ where she will be playing one of the leads. For her numerous achievements, Monica has been named as “the ambassador of the new India’’ by Republic of Brown and has also been featured in list of the 50 most influential Women by ELLE magazine in India.

ABOUT STERLING RESERVE MUSIC PROJECT:
Sterling Reserve Music Project is the region’s first enabler platform to discover, incubate and promote emerging musical talent from India. The project aims at elevating and supporting the independent music scene in the country by giving musicians a platform to showcase their talent.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gehSvfVkZB0&t=58s
Stream the song here: https://umgi.lnk.to/secretsauce 

NEXA Music unveils

Launched with an aim to provide a platform to aspiring music composers to promote original English music, NEXA Music today released its much awaited music video by maestro A.R. Rahman. Titled “You’ve Got Me”, this music video is about celebration of music and new indigenous talent in English Music.

NEXA Music, Lab’ was instituted to provide an English music platform to aspiring musicians. Over 1000 entries were received across the country, of which the top 24 were shortlisted by the jury comprising A.R. Rahman and Clinton Cerejo. These musicians were guided by the jury to reproduce their tracks under the mentorship of headline talent of renowned musicians. The 24 original English music compositions by the participants were released on NEXA Music’s YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM8qWp3yk6zXsuHfo2ei4SQ). These videos complemented the 4 exclusive NEXA Music videos composed and released by headline talent from NEXA Music.

Today’s announcement is also for 4 winners under ‘NEXA Music, Lab’. These winners feature in the music video, “You Got Me” along with A.R. Rahman. Further, they will go on to compose 4 original exclusive songs and feature in their respective music videos.

NEXA Music, Live Gigs is NEXA’s endeavor to provide exclusive experience to its customers and the audience at large. This will serve as a platform for these budding musicians who will get a chance to perform live with mentors and headline talent. A total of 12 live gigs are planned across 8 cities in the country.

Speaking about NEXA Music Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “NEXA Music was launched with an aim to provide a unique platform to the untapped English musical genius in the country With global music icons like A.R. Rahman mentoring these musicians to hone their skills, we are assured of compositions that match global standards. The initiative also allows us as a brand to facilitate the showcase of new talent while reinforcing NEXA’s philosophy of ‘Create. Inspire.’. Through NEXA, we have consistently endeavored to craft a delightful experience for our customers which go beyond car purchase.”

Talking about the association with NEXA Music, Mr. A R Rahman said, “The NEXA partnership has made it possible to extend the much needed support to independent artists who are creating original English music

across India. Our objective is to give budding artists a chance to collaborate with some of the best musicians in the industry to produce music that reaches viewers across the world.”


NEXA Music was instituted by NEXA in association with A.R. Rahman’s media venture Qyuki Digital Media to provide a platform for young musical talent in India, promoting original English compositions.

RED FM launches 'Ricky Singh ka VYRL countdown'...

RED FM, one of the largest and most awarded private radio networks in India has launched a brand-new show ‘Ricky Singh Ka VYRL countdown’ to put spotlight on the growth of non-film artists and support their music. They have also collaborated with Universal Music India which aims to create a space and associate with non-film music on radio. The show revolves around ‘Ricky Singh’ who has an undying love for non-film music, will be taken-up by RJ Rishi Kapoor. The show was launched by RJ Rishi Kapoor along with the RED FM team in the presence of multiple celebrity singers at Soho House in Mumbai today.

To bring out the challenges and obstacles confronted by an independent artist, Ricky Singh humorously weaves his story who is a growing independent musician. He will host the show and share his unique past experiences with music directors that will take you on a rib-tickling ride. While his taste in independent music will get you glued to radio for an hour, his desi personality will keep the audience entertained till the last second.

Commenting on the show, Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, RED FM and Magic FM said, “There is a pool of talent in independent music segment which is yet to be heard. Regional music is being consumed more than ever due to evolving tastes and preferences of the audience. At RED FM, we strongly believe in supporting diverse genres whether it is indie or regional music segment through various on-air, digital and on-ground initiatives. We wanted to create content that not only supports non-film music but also celebrates the journey of an artist. Our new show ‘Ricky Singh ka VYRL countdown’ is an entertaining take, which will bring fresh content for our listeners. We are happy to collaborate with VYRL Originals (Universal Music India) for this show and we look forward to creating more such initiatives with them.”

Additionally, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia said “VYRL Originals, an artist-first music label, has been instrumental in creating a culture and category of non-film music in India. With over 40 songs across 30 artists in the last two years, we have opened the eyes and ears of people to non-film music and it’s potential. We have differentiated ourselves at every level including our integrated marketing and promotions approach with equal emphasis to both digital and traditional platforms. Radio is one of the most important and potent medium of breaking new artist and sampling their content to wide set of audiences. We are very excited to partner with RED FM who shares a similar vision like ours to build a culture and category of non-film music in India.”

Today, radio has become a widely accessed medium in both metros and non-metros. It has successfully adapted to the ever-evolving audience base. Moreover, this platform is being used to bring about a change in society and vastly supports various musicians and their music. With ‘Ricky Singh Ka VYRL countdown’, RED FM is back with another innovative show to bring the untold journey of a non-film music artist to various cities in India.

 

 

RJ Aabhimanyu turns singer with Indie Music Label's...

Aabhimanyu Kak is a household name because of his stint on Radio and his fan following is testament to the fact. Adding another feather his cap, RJ Aabhimanyu, as he’s often referred to, released his debut single ‘Woh Raatein’ on Indie Music Label’s official YouTube channel on January 24th. 

Indie Music Label, spear headed by Naushad Khan, has in a short span of time become the one stop shop for independent artists. The label has always promoted and encouraged young and fresh talent and RJ Aabhimanyu’s case was no different. 

Commenting on Woh Raatein, Mr Naushad Khan adds that they were on the lookout for a track that suited Aabhimanyu’s voice, “Aabhimanyu has a lovely voice and we were looking at a song that would suit his voice quality. ‘Woh Raatein’ came by and I couldn’t think of anyone else who could do justice to it. I’m sure the listeners will enjoy the track.”

Aabhimanyu says that singing was always his passion and ‘Woh Raatein’ is a dream debut, “I always wanted to sing in the indie space and Woh Raatein couldn’t have come at a better time. The concept and lyrics will definitely strike a chord with th audiences and I hope they enjoy the track.” he signs off.

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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.