TUNE INTO 5th ARTIST ALOUD MUSIC AWARDS ON APRIL 20th

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Enjoy live performance by Rabbi Shergill, Shibani Kashyap, Sonu Kakkar, Sanam and Many more

Mumbai April 20, 2016: Be part of the digital extravaganza with 5th Artist Aloud Music Awards, a property of Hungama, powered by VIBE british audio; the awards are India’s only Digital Awards for Independent Artists in Music. Artist Aloud Music Awards are the biggest recognition platform for upcoming and established independent musical talents.

With a much grander awards presentation planned this time, with hosts like Luke Kenny & Mihir Joshi, music aficionados can enjoy live performance by talented singers like RABBI SHERGILL, SHIBANI KASHYAP, SANAM, SONU KAKKAR, GROOVE YATRA & MORE. The grand finale of the awards will be held on 20thApril, 2016 at Blue Frog, Lower Parel, Mumbai. The award ceremony will be live streamed through Artist Aloud’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter platforms as well as the Hungama Music app, making it truly a digital festivity.

 

Witness the music icons come together to support and present awards to winners from 16 categories. The final winners will be announced and presented their awards by well-known musicians and celebrities like Suneeta Rao, Sonal Chauhan, Swanand Kirkire, Divya Dutta, Sushant Singh, Leslie Lewis, Cyrus Sahukar, Anjum Rizvi, Anant Mahadevan and many others  who will come together to support the independent music artists to make this year’s awards – bigger & better!

 

Watch the digital extravaganza today on Artist Aloud’s digital media platforms from 7:30 pm onwards.

Navkar Mantra – Kavita Seth

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I can certainly relate to the “Navkar Mantra” which, among Jains, is undoubtedly one of its significant mantras, if not the most important one. This is the first prayer recited by the Jains while meditating and, for Bareilly-born Kavita Seth, having completed formal academics in music along with receiving tutelage in Hindustani classical music under the auspices of N.D. Sharma of the Gwalior Gharana, Vinod from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, and from Iqbal Ahmad Khan, Kavita’s music/production consolidates her reputation as one of India’s prime vocalists who cuts across genres. Just in case any validation was required, it arrived her way at the recently held 5th Artist Aloud Music Awards wherein Kavita won an award for ‘Best Genre’. On her rendition of ‘Navkar Mantra’, Kavita is well supported by the brilliant arrangements of Debarpito Saha who utilises subtle percussion and light guitaring on a track that is backed by keyboards. A truly evocative reading of a traditional mantra.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Welcome To My World – Mesa The Fusion Band

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Formed in January 2015, Mesa – consisting of Vamsi Krishna [western vocals, composer), and Ranjani Iyengar [carnatic vocals, co-composer] – is a band that can best be described to be part of the world music space with a revolving set of musicians utilised to support their cause. On ‘Welcome To My World’, the ladies showcase their respective talents both independently and together on a slow commencing, keyboard-playing composition that picks up pace as percussion and the sounds of guitar join on this mid-tempo track. While their arrangements with beats and loops noticeably show a more developed instrumental edge, Mesa may hardly be innovators, but there is no denying the duo’s sincerity in pursuing their world musical passion.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Voices In Kisama [Music Video] – Abiogenesis

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From Nagaland arrives Abiogenesis and, on “Voices In Kisama”, a song from a year ago, this instrumental piece features two new bamboo musical instruments, ‘bamhum’ and ‘tikzik’, which are displayed in this video with most of the footage having been shot during the Hornbill Festival held in 2014. While ‘tikzik’ is a percussion instrument that is played by holding it in one hand and striking it against the other, the ‘bamhum’ – which is the lead instrument on “Voices In Kisama” – is also a creation of band member Moa Subong who, along with his wife Arenla, are founding members of Abiogenesis. Although the ‘bamhum’ was unveiled in 2005, this wind instrument is probably receiving its due recognition now, especially on this track which utilizes a light production style that befits the instrumentation – guitar, drums, bass, and bamhum – that creates both an eclectic and ethereal sound. Combining moments of calmness with sections that have a swift undercurrent of beats, this simple, but haunting melody, suggests a move toward new age rather than world music.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Mumbai Till I Die | Full Album |Mumbai’s Finest

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Formed in 2006, Mumbai’s Finest, as the name suggests, is based in erstwhile Bombay. The pack of musicians is fronted by Ace [a.k.a 39] with Kinga Rhymes, Ninja, D Hood and Adro, in ‘Mumbai Till I Die’, they launch an album of largely disparate songs, but all with an underlying genre: hip-hop. In attempting to take rap into pop mainstream, the multiple rappers of Mumbai’s Finest use a strong and yet nimble mic technique to show off their vocal skills, running the keyboard-based tracks of largely mid-tempo pace into a rhythmic flow. From the mainly decent dance tracks on the album, check out the funkiness of “Beast Mode”, the comparatively quiet “Get It Now”, the upbeat “The Mumbai Cypher”and the tangential, but dark “Destruction”. With ‘Mumbai Till I Die’, Indian hip hop finally appears to have come of age.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Ruff n Roar |Live At Scratchers |Mick Clarke

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One musician who faithfully reproduces his brand of blues live too, as I witnessed during his performance at Mumbai’s St. Andrew’s Auditorium on October 25th, 2014, is Mick Clarke; all this, even after churning albums out since the ‘60s, initially as a member of Killing Floor, before going solo. Accompanied by long-time members Chris Sharley on drums and Eddie Masters on bass, the same line-up that toured India, ‘Ruff n Roar’ was recorded live last year at Scratchers – originally known as The Three Lions – a small pub in Surrey, England, and effectively reiterates that Mick likes nothing better than laying out stinging guitar solos over blues, including on standards from Elmore James [“Happy Home”], on which Mick appropriately plays slide, to Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love” – which, for the trivia-minded, served as a blueprint for Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” – as well as Mick’s very own compositions that display his inherent affection for rocking blues. This is an effort from a true musical superman that also has Clarke as part of his name!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Rock it Was! Rock it is! | Album Review | Treble Bite

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When punk began exploding in the late ’70s, more than a few fans of the then new genre declared that the only hope for rock and roll was to throw away its past and start over but, thankfully, a few people knew better than that. Rock and roll not only survived – and how! – but the link continues into the 21st century with a Thane-based quintet of musicians – fronted by Vikram Khade – known as Treble Bite. Approaching the classic rock styles of the past with energy, along with the carefreeness of punk, Treble Bite is part of a new generation of musicians that defines rock and roll with the sound that it deserves: hard, wild, manic…and, please, add fun to it! Riff-driven guitar sounds, as rock should be heard, Treble Bite blast through varied selections on this album with songs like the anthemic “Rock It Was” and the softer “The Only Hell I Know”, along with amazing guitar work on “Burn With Me”; well, the list goes on… Place the rock and roll past on a backburner for the moment, and listen to the future through the sounds of Treble Bite, who appear to be ’ears ahead!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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