Songs - East-West Fusion

Watch: Hungama Ho Gaya - Sophie Choudry's Super Hot Music Video and Launch Event Photo-Feature

Indian Actress Singer Sophie Choudry at music video release
Sophie Choudry

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu
Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu

Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta
Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta

Mumbai, Nov 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mumbai recently saw the launch of gorgeous singer and actress Sophie Choudry's brand new video and digital single "Hungama Ho Gaya" in association with SaReGaMa.

Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor

A new version of a yesteryear song, launched by Preity Zinta at a glittering affair, presented by Gitanjali at Bandra's trendiest nightspot - Escobar, the song and music video are touted to be Sophie's hottest, most glamorous yet!

Going by the reaction of all her guests including Soha Ali Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Yuvraj Singh, Harman Baweja, Sajid Ali, Imtiaz Khatri, Tanuj Garg, Mushtaq Sheikh, Pradeep Guha and many more, this song is set to rock the airwaves and the dance floor this party season.

Watch the official Hungama Ho Gaya video song by Sophie Choudry in the full post. Here are some more pictures of the celebrities at the music release event.

Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta
Sophie Choudry, Yuvraj Singh and Preity Zinta

sajid & preity
Sajid & Preity

sophie and tusshar
Sophie and Tusshar

vishal sophie preity
Vishal, Sophie and Preity

John Stewart, Vishal, sophie preity & Adarsh Gupta
John Stewart, Vishal, Sophie, Peity and Adarsh Gupta

Indian Bollywood Hindi Movie Actor Harman Baweja
Harman Baweja

Rushabh, Sophie, Vardhaman
Rushabh, Sophie, Vardhaman

Shekhar Ravjiani
Shekhar Ravjiani

sushil sharma
Sushil Sharma

vishal dadlani
Vishal Dadlani

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh



Listen to DJ AKS Bhalobasha Remix - 2012 Bangla Mashup

DJ AKSAKS is Dubai based Bangladeshi artist who has worked with several artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Canada, US and the UK. You have already heard his popular works Bangla Youth Project, Dushto Chele and more on WBRi.

AKS' new single "Bhalobasha Mashup Mix (DJ AKS Remix)" is a mashup of Bangla songs using technically sophisticated vocal isolation, chord structured oriented mashup to make a seamless whole. Listen to the new Bengali remix song online via WBRi.

Tracklist:
1. Chokher Poloke - Rizvi Wahid & Subhamita
2. Er Beshi Bhalobasha Jai Na - Shafiq Tuhin & Aurin
3. Habib feat Nancy - Ami Tomar Moner Bhetor
4. Na Bola Bhalobasha - Arfin Rumey & Earnnick
5. Jao Pakhi Bolo Tare - Krishno Koli (Monpura)
6. Shurjo Muchki Hashey - Shafiq Tuhin & Ronti -
7. Tumi Amar Bhabna Nodi- Syed Sahid & kheya
8. Didha - Habib ft Nancy (Third Person Singular Number)
9. Bol Na Tui Bolna - Hridoy Khan



Brahmanaad - Indian Folk Rock Classical Fusion Band from Delhi

Kolkata-based Indian Folk / Classical - Western Fusion Music Group Brahma NaadBrahmanaad are a four-member fusion band from New Delhi established in 2007. The band competed with around 20 others and won the "Real Rockstar" contest in 2011 organized by PVR pictures to promote their Ranbir Kapoor - Nargis Fakhri starrer Bollywood film Rockstar (2011). The contest was judged by Imtiaz Ali, director of the blockbuster Hindi movie. Meet the band members and listen to Brahmanaad online via WBRi.



JOEL (Shyamak Mukherjee) Releases "The Beginning" - A Remarkable Contemporary Bangla & English Songs Album

Joel performing with the Guildhall Folk Ensembleand at Barbican Theater in London, UK
Joel performing with the Guildhall Folk Ensemble at Barbican Theater in London, UK

Joel (Shyamak Mukherjee)Kolkata, June 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shyamak Mukherjee or JOEL as we know him is a versatile young singer, song writer, composer and music arranger coming up with world-class music from Calcutta.

Joel's journey started when he had just graduated from school. While his friends were busy getting admitted to colleges for  prospective careers, Joel was busy listening to the likes of Bach, Schubert, Sting and John Mayer and imagining himself making music that would define an era just like his idols had done before.

Thus the journey began as he took the guitar to be his companion for life. Having completed grade 8 in Classical guitar he wanted to move on to more contemporary forms of music and therefore started writing, composing and singing his own music. However, after watching his father, he decided to try his hand at arranging music as well.

After initializing with such rudimentary software as Fruity Loops and Cool Edit, Joel got through the nuances of digital music production soon enough. It was then that he decided that he wanted to make an album where everything would be done by him.

Joel - The Beginning - Purple Music, 2012

In this album - "The Beginning" - Joel composed, played, arranged, sang and wrote the songs, except for a few songs which are written by friends. It's an effort which took him 3 years to finalize and complete.

The album contains one Rabindrasangeet and a popular Bengali song by poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah. The reason for the inclusion of these two songs is that both the songs have had an impact on Joel's life at various stages and he wanted to acknowledge that by giving them a shape through his musical visualizations.

We know listeners will appreciate and enjoy what a young musician of Joel's caliber has to offer. Having been born in a family where music was just as indispensable as oxygen or food, the inclination towards the arts for Joel was quite natural. Furthermore, having studied in Patha Bhavan, Kolkata for twelve years, the nurturing was just about perfect for him to enter the realm of music.

Read all about Joel and listen to free sample of his songs from "The Beginning" via WBRi.



DEENGA - The Kolkata Bangla Folk Fusion Band Sets Sail on the Ocean of Music (WBRi Exclusive Feature)

Kolkata Bangla Band Deenga (Bengali Folk-Rock Fusion)
Deenga performing live on stage

Kolkata Bangla Band Deenga Official LogoWashington DC, May 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Thir name, "Deenga", literally means a small boat in Bangla language. They are six guys sailing on an ocean of music. Meet the promising young Bengali folk-rock fusion band from Kolkata.

Deenga’s members are influenced by different genres of music which is reflected in their compositions. Deenga is very much influenced by Bengal's folk and rural songs, and they rearrange those songs to create their signature sound.

Their philosophy is to do simple music and spread peace and harmony. Deenga’s first album published by Asha Audio in   2005 was titled "Bhese Pori" (let's sail).

Formed in 2003 when six like minded professional musicians thought of getting together and doing something on their own, Deenga are a pretty well known band in today's Kolkata music circuit, which they attribute to their belief and confidence on themselves and hard work, though they, of course, feel there is still a long way to go. Their music is sometimes about the present political scenario, love and emotions of human heart, and the society we live in. "Nothing is compared to hard work and dedication. Music flows from your heart so don’t be too technical…it is feel that gives rise to good music" summarize Deenga about the path to musical success.

Kolkata Bangla Band Deenga (Bengali Folk-Rock Fusion Songs)
The sailors of Deenga

They like to imagine themselves to be sailors on a Deenga. Meet these sailors and listen to their songs via WBRi.



Powerman Mc New Single Doggs Who Chase Cats Feat. SPI & Haveknot

Powerman MC Dogs That Chase The Cats Cover ArtWashington, DC, Aug 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Powerman MC (Kenneth L. Gibbs Sr.) has featured on music CD’s and Mix tapes with Artists such as Snoop Dogg, Prince, Havoc Razor, Dr. Dre, Eminem, D12, Joski, DJ Quick, Brown Stone, Waren G, Toy Capone, Nate Dogg, Ice Cube, lil’rob, SPI, Insinc, Kurupt, and many others. Powerman has hosted the show Dance hall Party from 1991 to 1993 in East LA on Buena cable and appeared on the Live in color tv show for over a decade the show aired in over 11 different states for over a decade.

Download Doggs that Chase Cats by Powerman MC in MP3 format (Amazon.com) >

Powerman MC has been featured on Hip-Hop & R&B hit mix tapes and CD’s Nationwide and overseas from California to Atlanta, from Seattle Washington to Florida, also number one Artist in Japan for two months in 2002.



Delhi-Based "Swatantra" (Independent) Rockers EKA Announce Free Download of Debut Single "Satyameva Jayate"

New Delhi, Aug 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Marking their first anniversary, Delhi-based music group EKA have announced their first single ‘Satyameva Jayate - Voices for a Better India’ available for free MP3 download.

"It starts with one person ‘I’ and we hope the song inspires each and everyone to bring about a change", say the band on their official facebook page.

Eka are Benjamine ‘Benny’ Pinto on Keyboards (Ex-Euphoria), Hitesh ‘Rikki’ Madan on guitars and vocals (Ex-Euphoria) and Lokesh Madan on vocals and bass. The members of Eka are seasoned musicians and have performed at over 2000 concerts in 15 countries and have recorded over 100 songs in various capacities. Some of these performances include the Indo-Pak peace concert at the UN General Assembly Hall, New York, the Great Wall of China and the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, U.S.A.


Interview - Singer Anweshaa Dutta Gupta on International Bengali Modern Songs Album RIMJHIM, Her Background & New Film Songs

Indian Singer Anweshaa Dutta GuptaWashington DC, July 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The prodigal Bengali and Bollywood (and Tamil and other regional languages!) singer Anweshaa Dutta Gupta started taking singing lessons from her mother Mita Duttagupta when very young, and subsequently commenced her training in North Indian Classical vocals when she was barely four years old from her Guruji Shri Jayanta Sarkar, who she still is a student of.

In this informal chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Anwesha talks about her grooming in the world of music, and especially about her latest album "RIMJHIM" which is an international production of Aninda Bose (interview) recorded in a studio in New Jersey.

Rimjhim - Anwesha-Debanjalee MP3 Download: To listen to producer and co-composer Aninda Bose and download "Rimjhim" feat. Anwesha & Debanjalee in MP3 Bengali audio songs format, check out our exclusive interview-feature on Aninda Bose.

Anwesha expresses her gratitude to Debanjalee Banerjee, the composer of the title song "Rimjhim", which she describes as a very sweet and romantic song. Thanks to Aninda's efforts, arrangements for recording and production were pretty complete before Anwesha arrived in New Jersey to sing her songs in the album. Her experience of working with the world-class musician and sound engineer (ex-bassist with Bon Jovi) Dan Skye was, not surprisingly, excellent. When Aninda sent her the finished tracks later, Anwesha was very impressed and thinks Dan did a great job in mixing. She says the recording experience in a studio in New Jersey was distinctly different from that in India - and the studio itself (Skylab Recording Studios) is in a quiet secluded "forest" as she describes.

Winner of numerous awards, Anwesha touches upon the importance of television reality competition shows and talent hunt programming as a platform that provides an opportunity to showcase the abilities of aspiring young and upcoming artists on a national (and sometimes international) level. Anwesha points out that this audio interview is another event that is in a way rooted to the exposure she has had in TV reality shows. She specifically mentions "Chhote Ustaad" as a talent-hunt show that pretty much launched her career - she immediately started getting offers to perform playback film songs for Bengali and Hindi films and eventually Tamil and songs in other Indian regional languages.

Anwesha considers her recent live appearance in Nashville, Tennessee as one of her most memorable performances. Other favorites of hers include her song "Megher Palok Chander Nolok" from director Amit Sen's (interview) Bengali film "Natobar Not Out" for which she recently won a Telecine Best Playback Singer Female award (she also won the Best Title Song award in the same ceremony for ETV Bangla show "Rojgere Ginni"). The lyrics of "Megher Palok" are written by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee (interview) who is the director of Uro Chithi, and music composition is by Debojyoti Mishra (interview). Anwesha's experience in recording Tamil film songs in studios in Chennai is also very thrilling - listen to her describe that experience in her own words!

Anwesha currently has her plate full - she is singing a great number of songs for South Indian and Hindi movies, including the upcoming Bollywood film "Luv U Soniyo" in which we will see the Indian cinema debut of Tanuj Virani, son of veteran Bollywood actress Rati Agnihotri.

Listen to the full interview with Anwesha audio exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview: Composer-Producer Aninda Bose on Bengali Album RIMJHIM feat. Anweshaa & Debanjalee | Bengali MP3 Songs Download

ANWESA RIMJHIM BENGALI SONGS AUDIO ALBUM By Anindya BasuWashington, DC, July 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aninda Bose is a co-composer and the producer of international Bengali modern songs album "Rimjhim" released under the label of Bihaan Music of Kolkata. Aninda talks to Arijit Chakraborty about the music album, his background and how he came about making Rimjhim with Anweshaa Dutta Gupta and Debanjalee performing the songs.

Listen to Aninda, watch the music video of Rimjhim feat. Anwesha & Debanjalee, and download the album in MP3 audio format online.


Rimi Basu - Bengali-American Singer's Pop Album "Crossing Over" & Music Video - Worldwide MP3 Download Release (WBRi Feature)

[Rimi Basu - Crossing Over - Bengali Pop CD MP3 Download]Washington, DC, July 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Versatile pop singer and dancer Rimi Basu, a Bengali originally from the USA, dropped out of a prestigious medical school, returned to her parents' motherland in Kolkata, and completed her first Bangla fusion album to make her mark on the Bangla music industry.

You might remember we previously spoke to Rimi in an informal and intimate audio interview which you can listen to online here.

Rimi has taken her first step by completing the first-ever female tribute to the King of Pop in Bengal: a high-energy music video to a dark and sultry number from her just-released pop album, “Crossing Over” which you can listen to online also here.

“This project is aimed at inspiring the youth to stay connected to their roots despite the fast globalizing world. It is the ‘crossing over’ of  boundaries and bridging the cultural gap with music……I have idolized Michael Jackson growing up and so I was thrilled to pay a tribute. It’s  all the more special because my tribute to him is in my mother tongue, Bangla", says Rimi.

Watch Rimi's music video and download her Bengali pop songs album "Crossing Over" in pristine HQ MP3 format via Washington Bangla Radio.



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