Music is so often a medium to celebrate an event. But every year on June 21st, “music” becomes the event to be celebrated. That’s because June 21st is celebrated the world over as World Music Day. Music provides us more than just mere entertainment. It wakes us up in the morning, sticks with us through the day, lifts our spirits in the evenings and sometimes even tucks us in at night. So it is only fitting that we set aside a day every year to celebrate music itself, and the myriad artists who bring it to us. 21st of June also happens to be the summer solstice, the one day in the year when the sun is at its magnificent best. How apt then, that the brightest day on the calendar is dedicated to music, the element that actually brightens up every day of our year.
India has one of the richest musical heritages, something all of us should be very proud of. Last year saw the demise of some stalwarts of the Indian music industry. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, one of the finest classical vocalists ever, Ghazal maestros Jagjit Singhji & Mehdi Hassan saab and Ustad Sultan Khan saab, the legend behind the immensely popular Piya Basanti Re! This World Music Day we’d like to pay homage to these institutions of music, and to the many others who’ve touched our lives through their musical magic.
On World Music Day 2012 we encourage you to open your mind to finding new music. Something different, something out of the ordinary and something you’ve never heard before. Listen to it all day, for a few hours or maybe even 5 minutes; but give “music” the chance to surprise you. Visit our SoundCloud link for starters www.soundcloud.com/timesmusic. We guarantee you will find something to tantalise those musical taste-buds. If not, please feel free to send me stinkers on my email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ancient Indian mantras always lend that celestial touch to great music, a term best used to describe the music album Ik Onkar by Filmfare Award nominee Harshdeep Kaur. Produced by K J Singh & distributed exclusively by Times Music, the album features 38 renditions of the most sacred Sikh mantra composed & sung by Harshdeep herself. After winning a music reality show in 2008 Harshdeep has gone on to work with likes of A.R. Rahman and become one of India’s most promising young vocalists. Primarily a Sufi singer, Harshdeep’s first album Rubaru also with Times Music, was a runaway hit. Ik Onkar, her first spiritual album is now available across all leading music and retail stores.
Electronic dance music or EDM has been permeating into the Indian party scene for almost a decade now, the last two years being particularly dominant. And nothing embodies this explosion in EDM better than the Sunburn Goa 2011 music album launched by Times Music.
Featuring dance hits from the world’s biggest Djs including Skazi, Above & Beyond, Fergie and Infected Mushroom who have all played at Sunburn over the last couple of years, it’s the perfect cure for that massive music hangover. So if you’re ready to groove on the move, get your copy of Sunburn Goa 2011 from your nearest music or retail store now!
The term Naga folk blues may seem all too confusing even to the most ardent music fan, quite a contradiction to its actual sound though. Junglee home video’s latest release Songs of Mashangva, a National Award winning docu-feature in 2011, directed by Oinam Doren, showcases how the King Of Naga folk blues – Guru Rewben Mashangva and his son travel far and wide to take their ancestral musical culture to corners of India their forefathers could never have imagined. The film is shot across mesmerising locations in Rajasthan, Shillong, Nagaland, Kolkata and some mysterious foggy villages of Manipur. Songs of Mashangva is now available on DVD across all leading music and retail stores
There is no doubting an artiste’s quality if he’s one of the few thats sells albums outside of the film genre in today’s age. But that hasn’t stopped Times Music’s latest signing Angaraag Mahanta, popularly known as Papon from creating a new benchmark. After being at the forefront of popularising Assamese folk music for over a decade now,Papon has released his debut Hindi album on Times Music. Titled – The Story So Far, the album is a melange of an earthy folk sound and contemporary arrangement.
Through the 9 Hindi & 2 Assamese tracks, you will hear the sound of the hills resonate in Papon’s voice; truly a musical experience that few people outside of his home state would have experienced. It’s the kind of album that sounds so good, every song instantly begins to grow on you. Papon has been fast gaining popularity through his performances on TV shows and at premier live music venues in India & abroad. Perhaps that’s the reason for the first batch of this album being sold out in pre-order itself. So if music is your way of unwinding on the weekend, “The Story So Far” is a must try for you. CDs are available at all leading music & retail stores and Ringback Tones are live, pan India across all mobile operators.
To say that innovation is Rahul Sharma’s middle name would be an understatement. With every new project the ace santoor player only seems to keep re-inventing himself and redefining his sound. Testimony to this, is Rahul’s latest album “The Rebel” released on Times Music.
Termed as the first Santoor Rock album, Rahul transposes the santoor from a serene, often calming instrument to being edgy and at times defiant. Only a true master of the santoor would dare experiment with an album like this and Rahul Sharma has already proven his worth by collaborating with top world music artists including Kenny G. The Rebel is available in stores now across India.
You’d think there’s not much left to achieve for an Indian artist who has won every major music industry award in the country. But Kavita Seth had other ideas when she decided to record her latest album Khuda Wohi Hain, released on Times Music. The album is testimony to her mastery of Sufi music that her fans are accustomed to. With 6 brand new tracks and 2 all time Sufi favourites Chaap Tilak & Damadum, the “iktara” singer who only seems to be getting better is nothing short of enchanting. Just a mere music fan or a curator of great sounds, “Khuda Wohi Hain” will have you singing to its tunes for a long time to come.
Renowned Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy in his decades of collaborations has worked on projects with the world’s biggest artists. But none more exciting than his latest album “Rock The Tabla” with the megastar of Indian & World music – A.R. Rahman. Rock The Tabla is a world music project of epic proportions with other special guests like Manu Katche, Billy Cobham & Omar Faruk Tekbilek. The album epitomises fusion music unlike any other you might hear. A masterful blend of Middle Eastern beats by Ramzy and keyboards by Rahman, Rock The Tabla is our recommended dose of great music for this weekend. CDs are available only on Times Music
The growing popularity of the Electronica music scene in India is set to explode with the launch of Times Music’s latest album – In Search Of Sunrise 9 (India). Launching the album will the artist Richard Durand himself who was handed down the responsibility of continuing the In Search Of Sunrise (ISOS) series from DJ Tiesto after 7 highly acclaimed albums. Richard is in India for the In Search Of Sunrise Tour kicking off in Mumbai on 9th November, then moving to Hyderabad on 11th & the Storm festival in Coorg on 12th.
The ISOS series was first created by Tiesto in 1999 as a non stop mix of trance anthems from across the world. From the 3rd edition onwards, the ISOS titles were named after the country that inspired the music on that title. After covering global party destinations like Latin America,South Africa, LA & Ibiza, with ISOS 9, Richard Durand finally brought the series toIndia after his performance inGoa last year. With subtle hints of Indian sounds fused into world class electronica beats, ISOS 9 is definitely one for that CD collection!
You know you’ve got a good film on your hands if the starcast includes Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna & Rishi Kapoor directed by Hema Malini. But when you throw in the music of Pritam with a thumping DJ Aqueel remix video featuring B-Town’s most stylish Bodyguard Salman Khan & a super hot Esha Deol, you know you’ve got a superb soundtrack as well. No surprise then that the track “Someone Somebody” from the music album of the film Tell Me O Kkhuda featuring Salman & Esha has become a YouTube sensation with over 80,000 views already and is one of the most popular Ring Back Tones. Pritam once again delivers an awesome array of songs with catchy love tunes, foot tapping dance beats and more. So Tell Me O Bollywood fans, why would you not want to own this album?