ANNIVERSARIES:

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

Grammy® Winner Ricky Kej has another Nomination

Music Composer and Grammy® Winner Ricky Kej has been nominated again for his latest album ‘Divine Tides’ with Rock-legend Stewart Copeland (The Police) at the 64 th Annual Grammy® Awards. The nominations were announced yesterday by the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr. Ricky Kej’s previous Grammy® Award win 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.1on the US Billboard New Age Albums chart, a first for a person of Indian
origin. Ricky is the youngest Indian to have won a Grammy® Award, and only the 4 th Indian. 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. This critically acclaimed album contains 9 songs and 8 music videos that were filmed around the world from the exquisite beauty of the Indian Himalayas to the Icy forests of Spain. ‘Divine Tides’ has already won several awards at various festivals
from around the world.

The 64 th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 31, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. The winners will be announced at this ceremony.

Visit www.DivineTidesMusic.com for further details

 Grammy® Award Winner Ricky Kej:
“It is an absolute honour to be nominated a second time for a Grammy® Award for our album ‘Divine Tides’. Although my music is cross-cultural, it has always had strong Indian roots and I am extremely proud that Indian
music has been recognized and shortlisted for this prestigious award by The Recording Academy. This nomination encourages me further and solidifies my belief to continue making music that can inspire positive social impact. I’d like to thank The Recording Academy for this nomination, my collaborator Stewart Copeland for the best musical experience of my life, all my fellow artists and everyone else who made the album ‘Divine Tides’
possible.”

About Ricky Kej
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”.

An electrifying number “Humsafar”

With the different genres of songs taking up the industry, Sunil Hamal Co -founder Bullman Records produced an Indie pop song ‘Humsafar’. Adnan Ahmad offered his soothing melody, Project by Vylom. Lyrics penned by
Viraal who has managed to narrate a complete story with just a few words and a perfect melody justifying the lyrics. The lyrics are such that means something to each one of us. Music composition is by an extremely talented duo Vylom and Viraal who has encapsulated their feelings into the song. Vylom chose to create such a song that would make youth groove on its beats.

Vylom Explained Further “The track Humsafar is reminiscences about the moments spent with your partner emphasising on ‘Unbounded’ experience of a Journey of life with your loved one, who is besides you anywhere you go representing trust and loyalty. Humsafar will not only leave its mark on streaming platforms, but fans too will be gripped by the stunning voice of Adnan Ahmad with the addictive tune composed by me”.

According to Sunil Hamal Co- founder Bullman Records “We tend to produce and introduce new songs and artists on topics that I connect with and I feel my audience would connect with. To me music is mostly about how I feel about the song i.e., the vibe, the lyrics, the melody. We believe when you start rolling out good music and work hard towards marketing, it eventually finds its way. I really enjoy songs based on love, emotions and heartbreak. Since people resonate with such songs the most. Releasing these amazing songs is definitely a great feeling.”Listeners won’t get enough of the song even while watching they will be wowed all with breathtaking dance moves featured in the song. This sound track is impossible to ignore since it will put you in a foot tapping atmosphere even if you are feeling down. The music may inspire you to add some love and joy to your day. The tune is ideal for working out, driving, listening and relaxing or even going for a walk.

Directors of Bullman Records Ashish Prabhugaonkar and Nihir Shah said “We are passionately committed to actually get the music heard. We are incredibly proud to be transforming the music industry as an record label enabling artists and creative’s to focus on what they do best—making music opportunities, and releasing songs to help artists take their music to the global stage. Bullman Records is a ladder in bringing them closer to the audiences. We work to contribute to music by producing new pathways for artists. We are honored to support them.Our effort will always be to keep bringing new music. Soon, the song ‘Humsafar’ will be out on the digital platform and is expected to receive positive feedback from the audience”.

'Tips Rewind

Tips Official's Youtube channel for skoda "Tips Rewind" presents their 6th song "Rishton Mein Bahaar Aayi" by Ankit Tiwari Produced by- Kumar Taurani, sung by- Ankit Tiwari , Co- singer- Sunetra Banerjee , Lyricist- Naqsh Lyallpuri , Additional lyricist - Priyanka Raina Bala, Music composer - Jagjit Singh, Additional music composer - Shamir Tandon, Anchor- Priya Malik,  Curated by- Saksham Tandon, Couture- Fatiz, Agency partner- Media Vantage

Tips released another ghazal from the series of Tips Rewind, titled "Rishton Mein Bahaar Aayi" by singer Ankit TiwariAnkit Tiwari says "He gave ghazals a new identity. He was regarded as one of India's most influential singers. There is a golden lineage of songs he has left behind"

Tips Rewind platform will bring together India’s most talented and popular artists, who will showcase & perform the mesmerising renditions of Jagjit Singh’s on the same stage. Artist line up includes - Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Sameer Khan, Ankit Tiwari, Talat Aziz, Amit Mishra, Bandish, Ash King, Shahid Mallya & Navraj Hans.

Song link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJgX7SogJas

#Tips Rewind #Jagjit Singh’s #SonuNigam #Hariharan #BabulSupriyo #Shaan,#SameerKhan, #AnkitTiwari #Talat Aziz #AmitMishra, #Bandish,#Ash King, #Shahid Mallya #NavrajHans.

Anushka Manchanda's Kashmir

Nuka (Anushka Manchanda) releases her latest song Kashmir- A bilingual track (English and Urdu) featuring gifted Kashmiri artists Khalid Ahamed (lead singer of the band Parvaaz), and 20-year-old,award-winning Rabab player Sufiyan Malik.

Through her alias NUKA, Anushka explores the intersections of nature and humanity. She opens a precarious and yet exquisite line of communication between them in her new song Kashmir. Born out of an overwhelming realisation of the beauty of the valley, this track is a love letter in the form ofa tribute to Kashmir. 

This song has endured a process of five years, with Anushka’s multiple visits to Kashmir, starting in 2015 for the wedding of her dear friends, to returning to Kashmir in the following 2 years to shoot during Chillai-Kalaan, the coldest time of the year. Kashmir is a time capsuleof memory and love, in which Nuka sings intensely about the wreckage of nature, reclaiming beauty and its transformation in our perception.

Nuka is an artist-producer, singer-songwriter, composer, director and editor from Mumbai, India. With her works reflecting her commitment to build a more sustainable planet, she imagines a future that is brighter than the past. The
vision which she imagines and fosters in her art and activism.

Nuka – Kashmir feels like the spirit of Mother Nature, the Earth in her most heartbreakingly beautiful form. I cannot describe in words how I felt in her lap, and it took me years to create a piece that could express my love for the valley. Iam an outsider, yet I wept when I was leaving Kashmir. To me, it felt like home.

Khalid Ahamed – The musicality and theme in this track had me hooked to it from my first conversation with Anushka. I am excited and humbled to be a part of it.

Kashmir by NUKA will be available in Dolby Atmos – a new way to connectwith music at its fullest capacity and creative potential, making NUKA one of the first independent artists in India to create music in Dolby Atmos. The Kashmir mix in Dolby Atmos will allow fans to discover hidden details and subtleties in the sound with unparalleled clarity, so they can experience the
instruments and vocals in isolation with more space and incredible fidelity. Kashmir in Dolby Atmos is available on Tidal HiFi and on Amazon Music HD with Echo Studio in available countries.

Mr. Pankaj Kedia, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, Dolby Laboratories – Dolby Atmos music is reinventing how music is created & experienced. It is an immersive experience that envelops the listener, by pulling them into the music. We are excited to collaborate with NUKA (Anushka Manchanda) to bring her music to the world for everyone to experience it like
never before in Dolby Atmos.

Judas Cries for Alyque Padamsee:

Tirthankar Poddar aka 2Blue Remembers His Friend And Mentor On His Second Death Anniversary* 

“NANDU, HEAVEN ON THEIR MINDS,” Alyque’s deep resonating voice demanded. And Nandu turned Mumbai’s erstwhile (Not Just) Jazz By The Bay into an instant scream factory. At the end of the show, Alyque gave me his email address: apad@vsnl.com. Honestly, he never replied. This was in 2001.

Let’s fast-forward to 2014. The legendary rock singer Nandu Bhende passed in April. A memorial concert was put together shortly thereafter. The audience comprised luminaries from the world of art, cinema, theater, literature, advertising, and music. Needless to say Alyque was in attendance. I wasn’t surprised that he didn’t remember me. But after my performance of “Stairway To Heaven,” he called me aside to say, 

“Nandu played Judas in my 1974 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. I am bringing it back. If you would like to audition, I will ask someone to be in touch.”

Two rounds of auditions and six months of rehearsals later, Alyque managed to create a reasonably convincing Judas Iscariot out of me. Convincing enough for Catholic nuns to stop their vans just to put a hand on my head and say they were moved. I was freshly unemployed and thoroughly depleted when I had auditioned. Honestly, I just needed to get out of the house to escape the sight of my mother’s tears. So validation like that meant everything.

Now let’s fast-forward to 2018. On landing in Bangalore, a devastating text message arrived on Saturday, November 17. I spent the day in disbelief. Friends and loved ones called and all I could say was I wasn’t ready for what had happened. I rambled on like an emotional mess to anyone with a patient ear. (I remember telling a journalist that if you have teachers like him, you have to live responsibly. She turned it into a rather gripping headline for the Times Of India.) That night, I played one of the best shows of my life. Because I knew who was watching.

The next morning when I landed in Mumbai, there was a cab strike. Fortunately, an Uber driver in the area confirmed my ride somehow. I still called him, pleading repeatedly not to cancel, explaining where I needed to be and why. He said he had heard the news and understood the urgency. At 11 am, he dropped me off at the Worli Prayer Hall and Crematorium.

I was the only person in colored concert attire in a room full of blacks and whites. But pain knows no color and together we cried... Bollywood superstars, production engineers, singers, actors, writers, directors, housekeepers, choreographers, and the Padamsees.

ALYQUE PADAMSEE HAD PASSED!

At 1 pm when we lowered him into the electric furnace, the mothers of his children touched his face one last time. His housekeeper Ida touched his feet and his son Quasar put a handwritten note in his pocket. Then the flames engulfed him and the furnace door dropped shut. Quasar was the first to clap. Then the rest of us followed suit.

With that tearful standing ovation, Alyque Padamsee walked into a room high above the earth. Waiting in that room with his arms open wide was his 1974 Judas. Someday his 2014 Judas will walk into the same room. Until then, you may never really know how poignant ‘Heaven On Their Minds’ can sound when Judas is in tears. But if you click the video link below, maybe you will.

https://youtu.be/PP18c_XsnSw

 Tirthankar Poddar aka 2Blue

A multi-award winning Singer, Writer, Speaker, and Actor. He can be reached via www.2BlueHimself.com.

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

Lucky Ali releases new song with Low Rhyderz

Enigmatic singer-songwriter Lucky Ali has just released a video single titled Sacrifice which he says is "a song for right now". Several years in the making, the track is a collaborative effort between Ali and the Bengaluru-based Hip Hop/Reggae/Dancehall Crew - Low Rhyderz. 

Low Rhyderz met Ali sometime in 2010 which led the way to a jam, then a tour and later some music; Sacrifice is one of those tracks.

"All I have to say about the song is in the song itself. Watch the video with understanding," says Ali.

Lucky Ali:

There are many layers to the artist who is not just a living legend of Indian Music but an artist whose appeal extends far beyond the number of releases, generations and time. And while he’s a balladeer with many stories, he’s also his own man, who steps back into the public domain only when he has something to say, be it a heartfelt commentary on sociological/philanthropic matters or his expression through music.

Beyond his spectacular popular success, Lucky remains one the most intriguing musicians in India as a result of the brave artistic choices he has made. It's no secret that Lucky Ali's enigmatic voice has a large and loyal army of followers, that spans across generations and geographical boundaries. The same sense of affection and relatability, led to his last release which was a well-received collaboration between Ali and Israeli musician Eliezer Cohen Botzer. The single has been hailed as a traveller’s anthem and lapped up by music aficionados across the world.

Low Rhyderz on the collaboration:

Working with Lucky Ali has made me a better human being. Working on a track with him is a humbling experience and something I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams. I’m forever grateful, - Xstacy Sash.

It was a great boost to my own abilities as a songwriter to be appreciated and approved by a legendary artist whom we grew up to. Of course, it was living a dream moment. And as a young artist, there was a lot to learn. I thoroughly enjoyed the course with great musical minds coming together to create this piece.- King Jassim.

Working on the song with Lucky Ali I got an insight into his wisdom and experienced the soul-touching voice first hand while we were in the studio recording the track. - Main E Yak.

Low Rhyderz:

LOW RHYDERZ (Hip Hop/Reggae/Dancehall) Crew has been in the Music Scene since 2007.

 Their debut album was titled  “RIDE WITH US”.

Songs from their first mix-tape titled LOW RHYDERZ MIXTAPE VOL.1 that was released early 2012, has been part of various street projects in countries like the USA, Bangladesh & Germany.

First, single off the album "RIDE WITH US" titled "LIFE INA GHETTO" has got great reviews and the video link was tweeted by major artists in USA & Jamaica.

#Malvika Nanda #Lucky Ali #Low Rhyderz

'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

Bollywood singer Mamta Sharma releases her new romantic single

After the success of ‘Yaara’ and ‘Yaara 2’, ace Bollywood singer Mamta Sharma, who’s well-known for her club numbers, releases her new romantic single ‘Yaariyan’ under music label ‘One Music Originals’ across digital platforms.

The audience would get to enjoy the romantic track in Mamta Sharma’s voice, with composition and lyrics penned by Bad-Ash. The story and screenplay are by Ashraf Ali and the video features Mamta and actor Zain Imam, who was also part of the last single ‘Yaara 2’. The song made quite an impact and Mamta is now returning the love and gratitude to her audiences with this latest song.

Talking about the video, Mamta Sharma says, “It's a kind of song that you instantly fall in love with. This is the second collaboration with the amazing actor Zain Imam and I am very happy the way it turned out. Aside from this amazing collaboration, the song aims to cheer up people’s moods during this tough time and heal each other’s hearts.”

Mamta Sharma is a Bollywood singer and a trendsetter who has received wide acclamation and popularity in Bollywood. Her popular tracks like ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’, ‘Anarkali Disco Chali’, ‘Aa Re Pritam Pyaare’, ‘Fevicol Se’, ‘Aata Majhi Satakli’, and many more songs make her unforgettable among her audience. Currently, Mamta restarted working on upcoming songs from home and trying to infuse hope in the times of uncertainty amid this difficult coronavirus break.

This song will definitely leave a lasting impression on its listeners and be a great distraction in keeping them entertained while indoors! So music lovers can now update their playlist because the music video is out.

#Spark Communication #Mamta Sharma

'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.”

 

Raja Kumari releases a new song...

Bindis and Bangles is an ode to the traditions of the past and the technologies of the future, all while shining a spotlight on India’s rich and unique culture. With this track, Kumari delicately drives home an apropos message of how God is omnipresent; and spiritual realization in modern times isn’t a fallacy and can be attained without the trappings of technology.

The intrepid and empowering video directed by The Fictionary, with its’ striking imagery, was created and curated by an all-female team in collaboration with the New York-based cyberpunk-artist Sam Madhu, who also directed visuals for “Karma” from Kumari’s 2019 EP, BLOODLINE. With retro-futurism at its core, the video comes to life with fictional characters from the ancient Indian world such as palanquin bearers, dancers and sages who are equipped with tools of the future, such as virtual reality and holograms. In the video, Kumari is portrayed as an ethereal apparition who glitches into reality and is perceived as a Goddess from another dimension. As they worship her, they in turn relinquish technology and awaken their own third eyes– visually represented in the form of complex digital interfaces.

Reflecting on the track, Kumari states, “Bindis and Bangles is my most ambitious project, working with an all-female team was empowering and inspiring. The Bindi for me is the third eye, and the visual encourages all to keep their third eye open. I’m so excited to share this song with all my fans.”

Produced by Zero, who is of American origin, the track is co-written by India’s premier hip-hop star and Kumari’s long standing co-collaborator, DIVINE, and packs a passionate and powerful punch, loaded with robust rhymes and ferocious delivery over a nuanced beat with international reverberations. Armed with a compelling groove and spirited lyrics, the track sets the perfect exemplar of a vision of India’s future – inspired by its’ past.

With a maiden headlining North American tour and the release of her documentary "Raja Kumari: So Far" which spotlighted the importance of embracing one’s uniqueness by narrating her resilient story of empowerment as a woman of colour, 2019 marked many firsts for Kumari. She became the first Indian artist to host the American Music Awards Red Carpet and to perform at Formula One (F1) Singapore Grand Prix. With an album and tour in the works, we’ll hear more from the MTV Hustle judge in the near future. Stay tuned!

 

Quickfire session with Shahin Badar

Shahin Badar, UK based Singer/Songwriter world famous for her chants on The Prodigy tracks 'Smack ny Bitch Up' and 'Get Up, Get Off' has recently released her single 'Jaag' about women empowerment followed it with 4 Remixes by world renowned EDM producers Dj Podje of 4sumotion from Ireland, Kaya Project and DJ Juttla  from UK.She is really enjoying the city and the great response she has been having for her single 'Jaag' with interviews for Radio, a Live show on TV, music magazines featuring her. She has based herself in India for the next few months and we caught up with her in Mumbai and had a Quickfire session with her:- 

 Are you superstitious? 
Not really but I am a deep thinker ,therefore I am obliged to think!

Someone who left a lasting impression?
A Friend and a Foe

The Best Gift I ever got?
My Parents 

If you were to change your name?
It would start with the letter "A"

You’re the PM of India. What’s the first thing you’d do?
Put the women right's in order!

My biggest fear?
End of the world  

What makes you tick?
Happiness and a Smile

My unfulfilled dream: 
To travel to the Himalayas!

Craziest thing ever done?
I bent over the frying pan to pick up the glass that I left near the window pane,not knowing I left the gas  on and set my shirt on fire!And that really wasn't a joke!Saved by God's mercy!

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.