Songs - East-West Fusion

Bengali-American Singer-Songwriter Rimi Basu Talks About "Crossing Over": Interview and Audio Songs from Her Bangla-Fusion Album

[Rimi Basu - The First Rock Diva in Kolkata]Washington, DC, June 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Those of us who live in the Washington D.C. area continue to have the pleasure of watching the spectacular rise of the remarkably beautiful young and talented singer Rimi Basu in the United States as well as in the Indian music circuit. In this informal and intimate chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Rimi talks about her career in music, her interests, her recent release of the outstanding fusion album "Crossing Over" (you can listen to the songs along with the interview audio using the player) and her other projects, including her scintillating new music-video tribute to Michael Jackson which is widely believed to be the first of it's kind by an American woman born to immigrants from Bengal (watch a teaser from the full music video online). Do not miss Rimi's extempore and solo singing in this interview of a Nazrulgeeti as well as a number from "Crossing Over" - you will perhaps get a glimpse of her talent from the fact that she naturally sings with beauty, delicacy and aplomb with no accompaniment and little warning that she might have to!

Rimi is a versatile pop singer and danseuse, and her Bangla fusion album "Crossing Over" was actually completed in Kolkata recently, making an immediate mark on the Bangla music industry.

The album has some of the very best talent in music and video production in Bengal today, including Dibyendu Mukherji as composer, Chandrani Ganguly as Lyricist, and Rajib Chatterjee as Production Director.  Instrumentalists on the album are also the current leaders in the rock music scene of Kolkata, including Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury on bass, Ratul Shankar on percussion, and Vikramjit “Tuki” Banerjee on guitar.

The album features a mileiu of different flavours and spans a range of emotions.  "Nesha Nesha" is a seductive number featuring Rimi rapping for the first time as well as Dibyendu's own vocals; "Phire Jaao" is Rimi's angry and emotional tribute to an ex-lover.  The song "O Sayeba" is a full-on Latin pop song that will make anyone want to Salsa, while the
ballad "Ele Naa" slows down the pace, showing Rimi's versatility.

Download The Album In Hi-Def Digital Mp3 Format from WBRi Music Store »


"We Are The Club House" (WATCH) Bengali Band from Mumbai release "Quo Vadis"

Mumbai, May 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) W.A.T.C.H (We Are The Club House) is a group based in Mumbai, India, who have recently released an album named "Quo Vadis" with Ahiri Music of Kolkata. Listen to some demo clips posted by the producers and performers.



Ashes in Flames - The Alt-Rock - Indian Classical Fusion Group from Kolkata: WBRi Feature

Ashed in FlamesKolkata, May 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ashes in Flames are a group of young and talented musicians from Calcutta, India consisting of talented individuals joining hands to make a different music together.It was formed in the year 2009 as an alternative-rock English band, but they approach nearly all genres of music. They now have given a different sound to their music by merging traditional Indian classical bandishes in different Ragas in their soulful original compositions creating a well crafted vocal fusion in their songs. They have released this genre and are still working on this sound. Read all about the promising Kolkata band and listen to their songs online.



Listen to "Gypsy Girl" by Indian-Canadian Rapper Raydon

[Raydon - Rapper from Canada]

Raydon is a young talented rapper from  Markham, Ontario in Canada. Raydon is of East Indian ancestry.

Raydon says about his single "Gypsy Girl" in a press release, “I think what is unique about my music is my ability to always create music that is truly composed to captivate my audience members across many genres. My new single Gypsy Girl is testament to my approach of always keeping the audience interested in every part of the whole song”

The song is primarily in English, with a sprinkling of Hindi you are sure to love!

Listen to Raydon's latest single "Gypsy Girl" online, produced by Ransack Productions, via Washington Bangla Radio.


Kolkata Bangla Band KALPASHABDA Explores Sounds of Ethnic Folk Instruments of Bengal (Interview & Live Concert)

By Hirak Bhattacharyya

[KALPASHABDA Kolkata Bangla Band]Calcutta, March 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kalpashabda are a five-member Bengali folk-fusion music group (the term "band" is often used in Calcutta for such groups for unknown reasons) from Kolkata. With the help of their artistry in a traditional folk posture, the group has successfully created melodious and mysterious symphonic tunes.

Watch an exclusive video interview and Kalpashabda live performance via Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview: Deepa talks to DJ Vix on Asian Star 101.6 FM radio's The Drivetime Show

[Deepa]London, UK, April 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Radio host Deepa plays athe superhit Bhangra-fusion song "Ah Chak Botal Daru Di" by DJ Vix & Shin, and talks to DJ Vix, the award-winning writer-composer-singer himself on the popular The Drivetime Show on Asian Star 101.6 FM radio in UK.


Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s Trinity of Guitars in AVATAR - A meeting of Celestial Strings (Live Concert Audio Recording)

Calcutta, March 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Siddha presented Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s Trinity of Guitars in Avatar - Meeting of Celestial Strings, a live concert on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Calcutta School of Music at 7 pm Indian time. The concept of Avatar was "If God manifests before man, his shape and form or Avatar, will be music."

To explore this celestial reincarnation, Grammy nominee Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, the pioneer creator and inventor of Indian slide guitar, chose the medium of divine celestial strings, his Trinity of Guitars – the Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, a family of new generation slide guitars.

The accompanists for Pandit Bhattacharya are international classical and acoustic guitar virtuosos Johannes Möller of Sweden, Nutavut Ratanakarn of Thailand and Matthias Muller of Germany. Mike McCormick of Canada on Electric Guitar and Nishad Pandey of Australia on Western Classical Guitar ably assist them. The Indian musicians in this heavenly parade are Biplaw Singh on Western Classical Guitar, Subhashish Bhattacharya on Tabla, Mainak “Bumpy” Nagchowdhury on Bass Guitar, Somranjan Chakraborty on Anandi (the third eye of the Trinity of Guitars), Soumyajyoti Ghosh on Bansuri, Raja Mukherjee on Western Violin, Charu Hariharan on Mridangam and Sambit Chatterjee on Western Drums. These musicians have collaborated for a week, creating new compositions based on Indian Ragas, Western Classical Music and Thai Music.

Read all about the concert and the musicians and listen to audio clips online on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio broadcast service.



Listen to Cricket World Cup 2011 Song by Kolkata Band KAYA

Washington DC, USA, Feb 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The acclaimed folk-rock fusion band KAYA from Kolkata, India has released their World Cup Cricket 2011 song for the enjoyment of Indians across the world.

This song is also being aired by 94.3 Radio One and Radio Misty in India.

Listen to Band Kaya's Cricket World Cup 2011 song exclusively online via Washington Bangla Radio USA.




Brownface Gunna - The Talented Canadian-Guyanese/West-Indian Rapper From Toronto

[BROWNFACE GUNNA]Germantown, Maryland, Jan 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In life you have to accept the good and the bad, one can’t exist without the other. This is the philosophy Brownface Gunna, a young, talented rapper/producer hailing from Toronto’s west end, lives by. And he emulates it across the board from his laidback demeanor to the music that he makes.


The Flush (MP3 Download) »

Brownface’s style is mood music. It switches between angry and upbeat and everything in between based on the type of mood he is in and what he’s going through in life at that moment. The versatility he brings in his music keeps him and his audience anything but bored.

With a fast flow atop a booming bass, Brownface Gunna delivers a classic hip-hop banger with his latest release, “Big Dreams”. The track has caught on like rapid fire overseas where it remained in the No. 1 spot in Euro DJ Leagues for four weeks straight.

“It just came to me, there was no direct thought process behind it, I’m always dreaming” says the 22-year-old rapper who hails from Toronto’s Rexdale community. “It’s all about taking your destiny in your own hands and chasing whatever you seek out of life.”

[BROWNFACE GUNNA]After laying down the track, which was produced by long-time collaborator J. Freedom, Brownface quickly envisioned shooting the video in the ultimate location for big dreamers: The Big Apple. And that’s exactly what he did. Hooking up with MMVA-winning video director, David Cropper, Brownface brought his vision to reality. The video was shot between Brooklyn and Times Square and has helped generate even more attention to the single, garnering thousands of views on YouTube in just a couple of weeks.

With songs like “Big Dreams” Brownface connects to his audience in the same way rappers like Jay-Z, Nas and Twista did with him in the 90s. His songs tell stories of a young man on the come up, who goes through the rollercoaster of life. “[My music is] more serious between the lines, than up front in your face,” he explains. “It’s music people can relate to cause it about people & life.”

To date, Brownface has release two mixtapes, The Grizzy and The Green Harvest. Brownface Gunna’s third project, The Flush, features “Big Dreams” which is now available on itunes »

Watch the music video of the song Big Dreams via Washington Bangla Radio.


Shakti - The Global Hip-Hop Diva Weaves Eastern Beats and Ancient Melodic Indian Ragas with Pop and Urban Grooves

[SHAKTI]Germantown, Maryland, Jan 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Global Soul Entertainment and Innertemple Music present SHAKTI, “The Global Hip-Pop Diva.” Exuding glamour and verve like a glistening eastern gem, her debut record Feminenergy contains rich eastern beats, ancient melodic Indian ragas interwoven with Pop and Urban grooves. She draws from her ethnic heritage with extreme fluidity. She defines Feminine Energy and Power inspiring women of all ages and cultures.

Shakti's debut album, Feminenergy takes you on a musical trip around the world.  Taking you to India, Asia, Africa, and beyond.  The album has the International hit single "Do The Thing Thing" which received ridiculous airplay from BBC Radio 1, New York's Hot 97, and LA's Power 105 and her album has already charted #5 in India. Songs from this breathtaking project have been featured in the film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," Tyra Bank's top rated TV show, "America's Next Top Model," NBC's "Outsourced" and the IFC original series "Bollywood Hero."  Her music is an exciting fusion that bridges her musical background and reflects the ever current international scope of today's world.

Read all about Shakti, listen to a few of her songs online and download  Feminenergy in MP3 audio format via Washington Bangla Radio.



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