Chahun Main Yahin – Ramji Rana

Rapper-actor Ramji Rana, whose roots can be traced to a small village, eventually moving him from Meerut to Mumbai in 1995, has been actively involved in theatre performances and singing since six. Since then, Ramji has also found time to become a computer software developer, founding his own company, and continuing his new found domain expertise in music that commenced with his 2016 debut, “Ek Look Menu De De”, now leading to “Chahun Main Yahin”, a track composed and sung by him. Keyboards open the track, followed by an uptempo, and infectious, swing beat. Although Ramji describes his music as “hip-hop beat with rap”, “Chahun Main Yahin” is certainly too tame to connect with fans of street level hip-hop, but the song has sufficient hooks – courtesy the arrangements that also contain a sitar sounding interlude – and beats to crossover to a platform where the track really deserves to be: the dance floor!

Zinda – Yaj

If having a management degree could be translated into a musical career, people would probably find their journey into this creative field a lot simpler or, perhaps, they would concentrate more on their academics or, better still, both! But here, double management graduate Yaj has, on discovering that “the life that you live is seldom the life that you imagine”, has attempted to place his preachings into practice by diversifying into a musical career which has earned him “some awards” during his study days. Now that Yaj has taken the “plunge” – his words, not ours –  at first, it appears, that being corporate was certainly a better option for Yaj. However, on repeated listenings of “Zinda”, what seeps through is that the soft pop song consists of a pristine gloss that, while impressive within Yaj’s vocal limitations, simply focuses on something clean, safe, and crystal-clear. Unfortunately, enthusiasm by itself cannot salvage stock tunes, and there remains sufficient scope to push Yaj’s content creation in the correct direction and to an achievement at a superior level, if only his sound is enriched by stronger production for depth and for subtlety.

Lehra Tiranga – Hard Kaur featuring Bhaven Dhanak

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All patriotic songs are motivational, bringing out emotions that often appear to be bottled inside, and so too it is with “Lehra Tiranga”, composed by the artiste born in Meerut as Taran Kaur Dhillon, but returning from Birmingham as Hard Kaur. After the obvious indulgence in Bollywood, it is a pleasant feeling to note [pun intended] that the artiste has not forgotten her nationalistic roots with lyrics provided by Sonny Ravan. From the keyboard/vocal opening to the introduction of percussion, “Lehra Tiranga” is certainly one of Hard Kaur’s better compositions with a richer scope. The end result is a paradox of a sombre theme but with vibrant arrangements that is sure to provide a wider appeal to listeners that go beyond Hard Kaur.

 

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Gori Tore Nain – Aroon Bakshi

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Film and television actor Aroon Bakshi, who has acted in over 100 Hindi films as well as in Punjabi and Bhojpuri cinema, has reportedly also sung 298 songs. Add one more with “Gore Tore Nain”, a romantic song composed, produced, and sung by Aroon. Having played the role of Mahant Dashrath Tripathi in the year-long TV serial ‘Ishq Ka Rang Safed’ that ended in August last year and apparently featured “Gore Tore Nain”, the song was found strong enough for Aroon to consider adding it to his ever increasing repertoire of songs. Although there is no credit to the musicians or arrangers accompanying Aroon on this track, the one certainty is that the instrumentalists excel and the arrangements are tight enough to ensure repeated listenings of “Gore Tore Nain” despite obvious limitations in Aroon Bakshi’s voice but, in all this, one cannot argue against the artiste’s enthusiasm of being a creative all-rounder.

 

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Fagun Ahise Notun Ronge – Angshuman Pol Deka

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Based in Guwahati, multi-talented artiste Angshuman Pol Deka  has apparently been performing since age five, initially learning harmonium and tabla, before expectedly taking a journey into reality-based programmes such as ‘Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa’ and ‘The Voice’. However, Angshuman’s journey to find his true vocation continues with “Fagun Ahise Notun Ronge”, an Assamese romantic track, featuring lyrics co-authored by him with Barnali Chanda, and music provided by Rajib Hazarika. The result on “Fagun Ahise Notun Ronge” is pleasantly and inoffensively melodic, with welcome yet limited interludes from piano and from guitar on a softer and friendlier landscape that appears to augur just fine for Angshuman Pol Deka as he plays safe by remaining well within his comfort zone.

 

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Sanu Ik Pal – Mame Khan

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After witnessing Mame Khan’s brilliancy last year at the Mumbai Exhibition Centre’s ‘Paddy Fields’ concert, he continues to perform in a style that remains unique, pursuing a tradition introduced by his family over fifteen generations. Commencing his musical career in a small village named Satto, near Jaisalmer, Mame Khan’s energy and his vocal prowess owes much to his father and tutor, late Shri Rana Khan, as it transcends his repertoire consisting of folk and Sufi songs.

On ‘Sanu Ik Pal’, Mame Khan takes traditional lyrics from Punjabi and Rajasthani folk, and combines them with both his composing and singing talents. Superbly arranged by Amol Dangi, the instrumentation blends with the musical content to perfection, thanks to the musicians featured: Vikram Singh Chongtham [guitar]; Amol Dangi [keyboards, harmonium]; Robin Vassy [drums, percussion]; Nishad Ali Kawa [tabla]; and Sadam Langa [sarangi]. Also utilised is an instrument known as morsing – in Rajasthan, it is called a morchang – a wind percussion instrument that is effectively utilised on this track by Sharu Khan.

Not surprisingly, the lilting melody of ‘Sanu Ik Pal’ is both accessible and captivating and, as a listener, you really need not be a seeker of any musical genre to recognize the power of the sound for when his voice soars to the heavens as it were, and then returns down to earth, you are swept into another world…Mame Khan’s!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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You & I – Alpha X Omega

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The men behind Alpha X Omega are Tarush Anand and Lakshya Mahajan, who commenced their musical journey from their school days in New Delhi, and culminated it thereafter by producing their own music. On “You & I”, the duo receive assistance on vocals by Dylan Matthew, with a song replete with R&B, soul, and hip-hop, backed by changing tempos. While the instrumentation may be synthetic, it still remains outward-looking, refined, and bristly for an Indian effort, especially the phrasing bit that goes “t-t-t-tell me” in the obvious love song. Nevertheless, as much as “You & I” has commonality with releases of retro-progressive peers from the past, Alpha X Omega retain a rhythmic core that strikes deep. While on the surface, “You & I” appears to be an unassuming exercise in fusing black music innovations that span decades but then, through repetitive listening, Alpha X Omega’s positive musical intent becomes clear.

-Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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