DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition : 2019-02-11

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AFTER Music 05 DAILY NEWS & ANALYSIS MUMBAI MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 I ‘Hawayein is my favourite drive song’ ‘FANS SEE A GLIMPSE OF RDB IN MY MUSIC’ Manj Musik talks about his new single and keeping the legacy of his British Bhangra band alive even as a solo artiste With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Armaan Malik lists five romantic tracks that he loves A rmaan Malik, who’s often called the ‘Prince of Romance’, has uber mushy numbers to his credit, whether singles like the reinterpretation of and or film melodies such as from and among many others. Here, the young vocalist picks out his favourite five. Ghar Se Nikalte Hi Sab Tera Bol Do Na Zara Baaghi Theher Jaa (October) Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor in Tu Jaane Na A still from Hawayein Pehla Nasha is super magnetic. It just draws you towards the song. There’s this Indian-ness in the melody and arrangements that’s just great. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) I like how this song perfectly encapsulates the excitement and innocence of first love. It relates to everyone who’s ever felt the emotion for the first time. Manj Musik Tum Hi Ho Dhaval Roy with Raftaar and a number of other hip-hop artistes. He will also release tracks by indie artistes on his new label. “In Bollywood, I have two more films with Akshay something with Sajid Nadiadwala, a song like we created this one and approached American rapper Fat Joe, and featured underground Punjabi artiste Sikander Kahlon to give it a hip-hop flex,” Manj tells us. He has also released a peppy dance number, with Sophie Choudry, which he states is just about having fun. “This is the first time I’m rapping in Hindi,” he reveals, admitting that he was nervous since he doesn’t have the perfect command on the language. Aashiqui 2 (2013) W What I like the most about this mature lover’s ballad is that there’s no flowery expression of feelings; it’s direct and passionate. hen Akshay Kumar heard Manj Musik’s (Manjeet Singh Ral) new single he liked it so much that he decided to announce it on social media. Needless to say, Manj was thrilled because he has been working with Akki since 2007 — first with his British Bhangra band RDB (Rhythm, Dhol, Bass) on Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) paaji; Worldwide For every 90’s kid out like me, was ‘the’ love anthem. I don’t think any other song gives you the feels of romance like this one does. Punjabi, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Hawayein Sadi Gali (Tanu Weds Manu) Tanu Weds Manu 3 Desi Hip Hop 2 Ajj Naiyo Sawna Jab Harry Met Sejal for and more. I have coming up, too and a cameo in he quotes. (2017) Just as the name suggests, this one is like a breath of fresh air. It takes you on a journey. This is my personal favourite drive song! Gully Tu Jaane Na Boy,” Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani GOING SOLO FROM RDB Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2 (2009) Armaan Malik — Dhaval Roy Manj went solo from RDB after he lost his brother Kulraj to brain tumour. He says that the transition was a bit rocky initially because fans were emotionally attached to the band. “It was almost like I was disgracing and letting them down. But, when Kuly passed away, I could not get a grip. I alone wasn’t RDB, so, it wasn’t right to produce and release music under that project name. Today, I’m willing to take a hit if I give a flop song as Manj Musik but not as RDB,” he reasons. However, now, listeners have finally accepted the artiste. “They see a glimpse of RDB in my music,” he signs off. Rafta Rafta (Namastey London), Paisa Paisa (De Dana Dana Dan, Atif Aslam’s voice in this track 2009), etc. and then as a solo artiste in PLENTY OF PROJECTS The musician will soon come out with singles such as (with Ranjit Bawa) as well as apart from a collaboration Singh And Kaur (Singh Is Bliing) Go Pagal (Jolly LLB 2) and among others. Manj speaks to us about his new songs and why he chose to give up RDB post his brother and bandmate Kulraj’s demise in 2012. A dance-y duet Romantic melody Time Munde Punjabi paaji I alone wasn’t RDB, so, it wasn’t right to produce and release music under that project name. Today, I’m willing to take a hit if I give a flop song as Manj Musik but not RDB TWO NEW SINGLES Y Manj’s new track is taken from a Hollywood film which is about a Punjabi boxer fighting discrimination to take up the sport professionally. “The filmmakers needed a strong song about Punjabis like in (2011). So, ash Narvekar and Akasa’s single, is a dancepop track that will have you hooked instantly. Composed and written by the Tiger: The Movie, Feel the Vibe, Shera Di Kaum Speedy Singhs T he is an international music experience that will go beyond borders as well as age barriers. Sultans of strings, Sarod duo Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash will collaborate with multiple Grammy Award-winner and guitar virtuoso Sharon Isbin for the show that will also feature maestro Vijay Ghate and Mridangam genius Sridhar Parthasarathy. While Amaan and Ayaan are carrying forward the legacy of their father Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan, Sharon has been hailed as ‘the preeminent guitarist of our time’. She is acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility and has appeared as soloist with nearly 200 orchestras. Recognised as one of the most brilliant and exciting players of the present generation, Vijay was awarded Padma Shri in 2014 and frequently travels the globe for concerts. Sridhar has performed with eminent musicians such as Shankar Mahadevan, Louis Banks, Karl Peters, Toufique Quereshi across major concert halls and festivals. Peace Tribe Grammy winner Sharon Isbin’s show with Amaan-ayaan Yash Narvekar and Akasa tabla Darshan Raval tabla Performers at Culture Connect A still from Bhaari Bhaari Bhaari Bhaari is a powerful and moving tune Sharon Isbin W ith the recently-released track music composer and vocalist Parag Chhabra gives a glimpse of his future repertoire, which will be powerful music. He has debuted with the track from the upcoming slice-of-life movie starring Naveen Kasturia, which is about a fickle boy’s journey of becoming an entrepreneur. Parag is AR Rahman’s find and student, who has also worked with the maestro for five years on etc. The track has the soul of and the crescendo of drumbeats in Bhaari When: February 21, 7 pm Where: Royal Opera House, Girgaum Bhaari, Waah Zindagi Sachin: A Billion Dreams, Mom, Mohenjo Daro, Swades Chalo (Lagaan). Shikayatein (Lootera) Chale singer Mohan Kannan hits all the right notes. If his classically-trained vocals complement the tune, then Manoj Yadav’s strong lyrics do perfect justice, too. Sample this: Dekhi talaashi leke rooh ki, koi saadhu jaise kapati/ Bhul bhulakkadi hai zindagi, koi khoj khabar rakhti nahi. Kavita Seth Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash

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