Yeh Hindustaan Mera – Tauseef Aktar

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Having been tutored in classical singing by the likes of Pandit Govind Prasad ‘Jaipurwale’, Ustad Dilshad Khan Saheb, and the extraordinary Begum Parveen Sultana, among others, Tauseef Aktar’s vocals cannot go wrong, and they do not on “Yeh Hindustaan Mera”, a patriotic song appropriately written by freedom fighter Veer Savarkar during his days in a penitentiary. Much credit to the mellifluous singing also goes to ghazal singer Jagjitji whose talent has been deservedly mimicked by Tauseef in “Yeh Hindustaan Mera”, which liberally utilises the late, great’s vocal rendering nuances. The guitar instrumentation, courtesy Sanjoy Das, and the violin performance by Manas Kumar are subtle, as they should be, on this poignant ballad, providing ideal support to this beautiful ghazal excursion.

 

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- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Hosh Udaye – Chin2 Bhosle

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With a lineage that can be traced to the hallowed house of the Mangeshkars, it was inevitable that the cleverly spelt Chin2 would dwell into the realms of music. However, the management student has dabbled in a lot more creativity since but, for the purposes of this review, let us simply restrict conversation to his present calling. Strongly influenced by the Europop sounds of the ’80s, “Hosh Udaye” would not go amiss in a disco as the song artfully coalesces the sonic and stylistic elements of the then burgeoning new romantic movement: pumping synths and lean production, with other lightly glossed instrumentation. This is straight forward fun music.

 

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- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Tere Bin – Nitz Kakkar

 

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Originally hailing from New Delhi, composer/lyricist Nitz Kakkar has ventured from bhajans to Bollywood, but it matters little on this wonderful ballad that utilises light guitaring and soft piano accompaniment to bring across its message. Soulful vocals, excellent sound, fine arrangements, and melodic attributes of pop, the music of “Tere Bin” is smooth and virtuosic, much credit to the introduction of the expressive voice of youngster Rini Chandra – from Canada – who seems to have gained vocal maturity and, needless to say, confidence through her performance on a leading reality based television programme. The combination of Nitz and Rini works well, and “Tere Bin” is one of those relentlessly appealing tracks from the new breed of young singers.

 

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- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Banjaara – Soulsmiths

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Apparently, “Banjaara” is the first single for the Soulsmiths, a duo consisting of singer Shaili Shah and multi-talented Siddhant Mishra, who has written the lyrics, composed, sung, and produced this song. Instead of spreading himself thin and compromising himself in an all-in-one role, “Banjaara” appears to have brought out the best in Soulsmiths as this marvellous ballad showcases the talent behind the simplistic instrumentation of keyboards and controlled guitaring, all courtesy Siddhant. The vocal harmonies are welcome, the melody is as sublimely gorgeous, and is central to the arrangement. “Banjaara” shows an acute understanding of R&B grooves and an innate soulfulness, even at its poppiest moments.

 

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- Review by PARAG KAMANI

 

Chaka – Shawjeeb

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The Toronto-to-Dhaka artiste who simply goes by the name of Shawjeeb has, in reality, Tanveer Alam as a prefix, just like “Chaka” is prefixed by guitar and bass prior to the entry of his vocals. The music is appealingly positive where you actually come away feeling uplifted. In fact, on “Chaka”, it is the sound of Shawjeeb’s distinctive voice coupled with the unusual tuning of his guitar, rather than the specific lyrical content provided by Indraneel Chattopaddhyaya, that pulls the listener in. “Chaka” convincingly establishes Shawjeeb as a talented singer and interpreter, making songs his own with his gritty soul-folk voice and urgent guitar strums, which also conveys the strength of his repertoire.

 

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- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Ghumar – Falu

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Commencing only with the vocals of singer Falu prior to the instrumentation joining this mid-tempo ethnic track is a real treat, as not only the singer, but the musicians – violinist, harmonium, and percussion – are obviously enjoying the simplicity of the song as the violin rips things up musically. The versatility of the artiste also known as Falguni Shah – who shuffles from traditional classical music to what appears to be world pop music – is her musical upbringing where she has honed Benares thumris, Jaipur music tradition through her study with Kishori Amonkar, and the sounds of the Indore gharana of Ustad Sultan Khan right to taking a tangent towards world music by now living in North America. Falu is undoubtedly a talented vocalist, and one can only visualise that her live performances would provide as much joy to the audience as she has with her singing.

 

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- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Dhol Vagyo – Jasbir Jassi

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Singer Jasbir Jassi has come a long way from playing the harmonium as a youngster, writing poetry, and being a classically trained musician, but none of that really matters as he takes a sharp tangent into dandiya territory with the Gujarat state-of-mind inspiring “Dhol Vagyo”. Dandiya, of course, is the traditional folk dance form of Gujarat, originated in Vrindavan by Lord Krishna and, along with Garba, both are the featured dances of Navratri evenings in Western India. Jasbir supports the traditional sounds effectively on “Dhol Vagyo”, further supported by the vocals of Richa Sharma and Beera, which receive contemporary arrangements through the usage of keyboards, completing Jasbir’s cross-cultural metamorphosis from Punjab da munda to Gujarat no bhai!

 

Listen and Download the songs here :http://www.artistaloud.com/JasbirJassi

- Review by PARAG KAMANI

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