Sha La La | Preety Bhalla featuring Ilana Segev

The most obvious collaboration which one can consider that brought Middle Eastern rhythms to a larger global audience was perhaps the success of musician Sting’s collaboration with Cheb Mami on “Desert Rose” in 2000. Inspired or otherwise, the legacy continues with a Mumbai-based singer who cuts across multiple languages, Preety Bhalla, initiating her own collaboration between two countries courtesy Israeli singer Ilana Segev on “Sha La La”. And, through this beat-driven, infectious track, provides an accessible introduction to world music by connecting one part of Asia to another. In balancing rhythms and addictive dance beats with Middle Eastern sounding instrumentation – courtesy music directors Desi Dreamers, with lyrics by Shaheen Iqbal – this song once again reiterates how singers have integrated different traditions into modern pop and, in turn, have made yet another effective musical statement for “Sha La La” land!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Jilted | Music UnLtd.

Formed in 2014 in Mumbai by Milin [also known as Milind Chitnavis], Music UnLtd. continues to surprise – indulging in reggae this time around while Milin and his band’s domain expertise remains rock and its variants, be it sung in English or in Hindi.  Nevertheless, “Jilted” is an inspired pop-reggae crossover track that marks one of the few times that Music UnLtd.’s vocals have been shared – with Prasad Salian providing the low, down-to-earth singing while Shilpa Surroch provides the perfect foil by moving to the other end of the scale with her sky high-pitched vocals. The song is supported by effective usage of keyboards over a numbingly obvious hook that will certainly not provide any Jamaican musicians – that have either passed or arrived in the present – sleepless nights but, then, that deviates from the point where “Jilted” – composed by Milin – is nothing short of good fun, providing compelling moments from his subtle guitar work. With “Jilted”, Music UnLtd., the band, certainly lives up to its name!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Na Kar Bandeya Meri Meri | Chintoo Singh Wasir

Musician Chintoo Singh Wasir ensures that he always has a tough act to follow; his own! But the sufi and folk instrumentalist-cum-singer continues to deliver an inspired effort with “Na Kar Bandeya Meri Meri” and, while the ballad falls just a wee bit short of the excellence of his previous efforts, the song is nevertheless a heartfelt, honest offering that remains well worth listening to with the instrumentation containing light keyboards playing in the background, supported by perfectly matching simple arrangements. Introspection and subtlety are the hallmarks of Chintoo’s songs, reinforced by his earthy vocals and his expertise on playing rubab, and at least several listens will be required in order to fully appreciate the understated “Na Kar Bandeya Meri Meri”.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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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!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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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.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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iTunes International: http://apple.co/2lG5QGy

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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