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Rahman in historic remake of "We are the World" - The 1985 USA For Africa Charity Song

Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) is part of the remake of “We are the World” charity anthem recorded in Los Angeles (USA), which reportedly included over 75 world-class stars.

It was recorded in the same Henson Recording studio where the original was done about 25 years back. Besides Rahman, musical luminaries like Celine Dion, Kanye West, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Jonas Brothers, Pink, Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Jamie Foxx, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, Josh Groban, Snoop Dogg, Carlos Santana, Gladys Knight, etc., sang to help earthquake affected Haiti. Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie oversaw the production.

In We Are the World 2010 for Haiti, stars unite for Haiti Relief, including Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, Bono, Eminem, Jay-Z - Redo and many others. It will make its world premiere during Vancouver Winter Olympics on February 12. Its accompanying video has been shot by Oscar winning Paul Haggis (Crash). Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson recorded the original, which featured 45 American music megastars and it reportedly raised over $30 million for African hunger relief. It was the first ever single to be certified multi-platinum.

Indian Lullaby Collection - Vatsalyam: MP3 Songs Download

Indian Bengali Lullabys Childrens Songs Online MP3 DownloadMurali T. V. Manohar: Simply one of the best album in bringing out the Indian lullabies (Predominantly from south india as it is mostly carnatic). Hope there will be another volume of this type soon from Bombay Jayashree and also hope it includes more Hindustani and north indian folklore as well.

Listen to free samples and download MP3 songs online >


Sufi teacher Peerullah acknowledged by A R Rahman for his Grammys - Download Top Sufi Music Album Songs Mp3

The Best Top Sufi Music MP3 Songs OnlineDownloadRahman thanked his spiritual Sufi teacher Peerullah on winning Grammys: Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) has thanked his spiritual Sufi teacher Ameen Peerullah Malik Sahib on winning two Grammy Awards.
In his “thank you message” posted on his website, Rahman also thanked his “mentors”—Maniratnam, Shekhar Kapur, Subhash Ghai, and Andrew Lloyd Webber; his “friends”—Karan, Gopal, Vijay, Deepak Gattani, Mohan Chopra, Chris and Simon Long; Almighty; music teachers; Danny Boyle; Fox; his agents Sam Schwartz and Amos Newman;  his mother, father, sisters, “lovely” wife, and children; etc.

He started the “message” with: "Insane, eh? I never even dreamt about winning all these awards” and ends with: “Jaiho India...!"

Music of Telugu Movie Ye Maaya Chesaave Soundtrack OST by A.R. Rahman release Feb 3, 2010 - Download Telugu Film Songs MP3

A R Rahman Telugu Songs Album iRahmanRahman’s Telugu album “Ye Maaya Chesaave” releasing on Wednesday: Music of Telugu film “Ye Maaya Chesaave”, provided by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, will release on February three.
Produced by Sanjay Swarup and directed by Gowtham Vasudev Menon, it stars Naga Chaitanya and Samantha. Anantha Sriram provided the lyrics.
The Sony Music album contains seven tracks—Kundanapu Bomma, Manasaa, Swaasye, Ee Hridayam, Aakaasam, Vintunnavaa, and Aaromale—sung by Benny Dayal, Kalyani Menon, Devan Ekambaram, Chinmayi, Karthik, Vijay Prakash, Suzanne, Blaaze, Naresh Iyer, Shreya Ghoshal, and Alphonse.

A R Rahman nominated for International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Award

Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) has been nominated for yet another award—excellence in musical scoring for 2009 by International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).
He has been nominated in “best original score for a comedy film” category for “Couples Retreat”,  his first venture into mainstream Hollywood, along with James Newton Howard (Duplicity), Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant!), Alexandre Desplat (Julie & Julia), and Debbie Wiseman (Lesbian Vampire Killers).

Kolkata Bangla Band CACTUS to perform first time in UK Live at Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010

Kolkata Bangla Band CACTUS Live in London UK

Veteran Calcutta (Kolkata) Bengali Rock Band CACTUS will perform live at the first Bengal Shriram First Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010 in London. Cactus is a leading hard rock and alternative band from Kolkata, established in 1993 and with over 2,000 live shows so far, with many more to surely come. Cactus are: Sidhartha [Vocals], Sayak [Vocals],  Allan[Guitar], Sudipto [Keyboard], Sandip[Bass], Sibaji[Drums]. The famous singer Abhijit aka POTA is an ex-Cactus vocalist. Cactus have released the following albums:


Vivek Oberoi in PRINCE It's Showtime (2010) Hindi Movie OST Soundtrack Audio MP3 Download Release

Vivek Oberoi Prince Audio Music Soundtrack OST ATIF ASLAM MP3 Download

The eagerly awaited music from the Indian bollywood Hindi movie Prince It's Showtime will be released on Valentine's day Feb 14, 2010. Starring Vivek Oberoi as Prince, Aruna Shields as Maya, Nandana Sen as Maya, Niroo Singh as Maya, Isaiah as Sarang, Sanjay Kapoor as Officer Khan, Dalip Tahil as Colonel Khanna, Manish Anand as Mike, Mayur Puri as PK, Rajesh Khattar as Sherry, Mohit Chauhan as Age, Prince the movie itself is scheduled for a release date of March 26, 2010.

Prince is directed by Kookie V Gulati and produced by Tips Industries Ltd. Producer Kumar S Taurani. Music is by Sachin Gupta, and lyrics by Sameer. The film is a Fast paced Slick Action Thriller, which will keep you on the edge of your seat with its twists and turns. Throw in a conspiracy which will send thrills up your spine and you will be on a ride that will redefine the word Extreme.

The song O Mere Khuda by Atif Aslam & Garima Jhingon and it's re-mix version are already wildly popular online, thanks to Vivek Oberoi's live performance in the recently held Apsara Awards ceremony in Bombay.

Vivek Oberoi is reportedly going to appear in a dance sequence in the Television Program DANCE INDIA DANCE soon.

Download the Original Soundtrack OST of Prince in MP3 format, or buy the DVD / Blu-Ray online.

Indian Classical Instrumental Sarod Maestro Pandit Amjad Ali Khan and pop music icon Allah Rakha Rahman in 52nd Grammy Awards

Jai Ho Slumdog Millionaire A R Rahman Free Preview & MP3 DownloadA.R.Rahman bagged two grammy awards tonight at the 52nd Annual Gramy Awards ceremony going on at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rahman was nominated in two categories, "Best Compilation For Motion Picture, Television Or Visual Media" and "Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or OtherVisual Media". The song Jai Ho from the film Slumdog Millionaire which already won eight Oscar Academy Awards last year, got nominated. Rahman, himself bagged two of the Oscars for his music in the film.
Indian classical Sarod Maestro Pandit Amjad Ali Khan was also nominated for his music album 'Ancient Sounds' along with Iraqi soloist Rahim Ajij in the 'Best Tradional World Music Album' category.

A R Rahman has often been labelled "The Mozart Of India" by those sections of an over-zealous media which does not understand either Mozart's or Rahman's music.

The Bangladeshi singer-songwriter-composer Sayan Chowdhury Arnob has also been delivering spectalcular world-class original compositions, though not in the mainstream kitschy media glare.

 - WBRi Movie News