This month, for my favourite golden oldie, I have decided to choose one of my all time favourite albums Talk on Corners album by The Corrs.
This album released in 1998 and I was fortunate enough to see them perform live in concert for the Talk on Corners tour, at Wembley Arena, and since then, I have loved each of their following releases (including their most recent release White Light). The Corrs consist of three sisters Andrea (lead singer), Sharon (violinist), Caroline (drummer) and brother Jim (Guitar/Piano). They are an Irish band and have made sure their songs also have some influence of the traditional Irish melodies in them.
My favourite four SANAM have released a new rendition of a 90’s classic song Dooba Dooba which is by the band Silk Route.
You will have to excuse me here, when I homestly say that, I am not at all familiar with the original song which is partly due to their being a lack exposure to the independent music scene in the UK, at that time. However, I have instantly taken a liking to the song from the SANAM rendition as the melody simply flows from start to finish.
This rendition is a very different one to their last release Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein (which you all know is an absolute favourite rendition of mine). While I much prefer seeing and hearing the boys in their romantic avatars, it is also very refreshing to see them behaving unabashedly themselves, in the Dooba Dooba video. Those who are ardent fans like me and follow them at their Instagram, will know, just how much humour they have and how they can instantly make everyone smile and the video of Dooba Dooba truly reflects that.
I am extremely excited about this weeks New Music Monday as not only is it a brand new release from a musician who I am not only blessed and grateful to know personally, but a person who has truly excelled in his career over the years. My dear brother Rishabh Srivastava has a new release Woh Na Aaye with Zee Music Company.
Woh Na Aaye is a heart breaking rock ballad which talks about the unfortunate events that occur when a relationship has gone wrong. The song has been written and composed by Rishabh, he has also featured in the video, and has done a wonderful job as an actor. Rishabh has truly matured as a singer and has got better and better as a composer. He has sung the song with a lot of feeling and that is most required when singing such a romantic ballad.
India’s Fabulous Four: SANAM recently performed a housefull show in Kolkata, India. The band have an ever growing fan base across the world and they are the only Indian artist to have a massive 4.4 million subscribers (and counting) at their YouTube channel, so it really is no surprise that this show of theirs was a great success!
The crowd were treated to the band performing a mix of their popular Bollywood renditions (Lag Ja Gale, Hai Apna Dil toh Awara and others) and their own original compositions (such as Itni Door, Ishtyle, Sanam Mennu and others), the most recent original release of theirs being the powerful rock ballad Tu Yahaan. Popular Bollywood singer Shirley Setia who collaborated with the band on their Kuch Na Kaho rendition, also joined them on stage for a performance.
This weeks New Music Monday features a new release from singer Jonita Gandhi – Piya Tose Naina Lage Re.
Back in the days when songs were covered, it was mostly to give a tribute to the original artist/musician who had either created or sung the song so well and Jonita’s cover of this retro Bollywood song has been exactly covered for this very reason: a tribute to India’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar who celebrated her birthday last week.
Jonita has given us a unique take on the song from the Bollywod film Guide, as not only is it an acoustic version, but barely 2-3 instruments have been used in total with her voice effortlessly carrying the main melody of the song. It is a short cover at just 3.41mins but has been beautifully executed and the video too has been shot very differently and almost in a casual set up giving us relaxed vibes when listening to the melody.
A while ago, I had shared my top 5 favourite SANAM Originals and I thought it would be a good idea to share my top 5 favourite renditions from the fab four. I purposefully put this off for a while, because it is not an easy task to choose just 5 songs from a long list of favourites! And, I will say it now that the number one rendition will be a tie between 2 songs because I cannot choose only one of them for the top spot! So please don’t judge me here (only SANAMians will understand this feeling) but here are my top 5 of my favourite SANAM Renditions:
While writing this article, I had been thinking of the correct way to introduce this next artist. It is not very often that I get the chance to meet actors who have singing dreams and so I am pleased to introduce actor Ajay Gehi at Jem Girl at the Piano!
This month’s favourite golden song is a Bollywood choice and this time, I have chosen one of my favourite songs Humko Sirf Tumse Pyar Hai from one of my favourite classic soundtracks Barsaat.
Now there are many Bollywood films with title Barsaat but the particular one that I am talking about, was Dharmendras’ production to launch his son Bobby Deol along side daughter of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia: Twinkle Khanna. Not only do I feel that this was a great pairing, but it was also not a bad debut film in my opinion and yes, I have seen the film.
This weeks new releases from Artist Aloud feature the artists Shaarib-Toshi, Arun Kumar, Sudeep Banerji and Alok Shrivastav. The genres are a mix of sufi and classical and this is what makes Artist Aloud stand out, as their platform supports a variety of artists from all genres of music and that is why they are such a unique platform.
Artist Information about Shaarib-Toshi
Shaarib and Toshi are the most loved singer-composer duo in the music industry with over dozens of films with big banners like Vishesh Films, Dharma Productions, Banaras Media Works, Balaji Motion Pictures, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and many more. They came into the limelight with their debut song Maahi from Raaz 2 in 2013. Shaarib- Toshi released their first album ‘French Kiss’. Some of the most popular songs from them in recent years are Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse, Samjhawan, Bandeya and more.