Posts tagged ‘music’

October 19, 2015

The Most Buzzing Saturday Night in Delhi!

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I’m going to Delhi for a couple of months soon and one of the things I look forward to is a Saturday night drink and a bit of dancing at my favourite bar, Buzz!  Buzz is the craziest and most amazing place not due to the decor, which is the average typical bar style, but due to the crowd it pulls and the music.

Buzz is in MGF Mall behind Select City Walk Mall and it will only get busy around 11pm. I’m quite lazy and lucky (a convenient

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May 20, 2015

My White Wrists

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My White Wrists (Chitiyan Kalayan) is  the translation of a chorus of a Bollywood song that has been in the top ten in the BBC Asian Radio Charts and on radio loops in India non-stop.

Songs like this make me want to scream: is there no hope of evolution in the South Asian community’s mentality about skin

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March 25, 2014

Ghazal & Sufi with Sheeba Khan

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On Sunday evening I had the pleasure of attending a light classical music concert of ghazals and Sufi music in Gurgaon (near Delhi).  The singer, Sheeba Khan is a classically trained disciple of Jawaad Ali Khan and Mazhar Ali Khan.

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September 16, 2013

The Voice From Heaven

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Madonna, Kylie, Pink Floyd, New Kids, Daft Punk, Metallica, Asha Bhosle and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan  are all happily lying in my ipod’s music library albeit in different playlists!  Who is is this last chap, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan aka RFAK aka The Voice From Heaven?

Having recently performed to a capacity crowd of 12,000 at London’s O2 Centre, Ustad (Maestro) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a Sufi qawaali singer

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June 18, 2013

Robot Disco

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I simply LOVE Daft Punk’s new album.  It’s not very often that almost every song on an entire album would get over 8/10 in a scorecard yet here we have one.  I’m a former 90s raver/RnB fan and I thank Daft Punk for their Pharell Williams collaboration and for giving RnB some of its mojo back.  It hasn’t been a good decade for some music genres.

I’ve also been in Delhi for the last five months and now that I’m back in London and have Random Access Memories

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December 12, 2012

Ravi Shankar Sitar Supremo

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I woke up to sad news this morning that Ravi Shankar had passed away at the age of 92.  Ravi Shankar is credited for making the sitar the sound of India to the world.  Subsequently Ravi Shankar introduced Indian sound to pop music through collaborations with the Beatles

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November 8, 2012

The Ferocious Ladoos

If you are looking for a bit of racy mitai (Indian sweet), look no further than the The Ferocious Ladoos.

Punjabi Rock/Indie band from West London, stole the night at their debut gig in Hoxton Square at the Underbelly last night.  Led by the gifted and talented music alchemist Bob Loyal, and including Huck Auluck and Faisal Malik rocked the audience.

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June 6, 2012

Proud To Be British

Were you one of the lucky 10,000 people to win lunch at Buckingham Palace and seats at the Jubilee concert? I wasn’t either and watched the fantastic show on televsion, eating my Heston Blumenthal inspired quiche rather than the scrumptious hamper!!!

What a fabulous concert it was…..

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March 21, 2012

Hit Factory Live

Surely THE concert of the year has to be this one celebrating 25 years of Stock, Aitken and Waterman creators of the hit single and

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November 8, 2011

Last Days Of Meaning

Nitin Sawhney played at the Union Chapel in Islington last week and was breathtakingly sublime.

The intro, “Nadia” was performed by British vocalist Nicki Wells who was truly amazing and by far the highlight of the night. If you closed your eyes you would think she was Indian. Never have I heard an Indian themed song being sung so well by a British singer.

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November 1, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Where can you feel glamorous even on a Monday night?  At the Royal Opera House of course, and why not start the winter season with Sleeping Beauty which is currently being shown and ending with standing ovations as it is so marvelous!

The first act is stolen by

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September 28, 2011

B4U Generation

Just as MTV transformed our access to Hip Hop, B4U has transformed our access to modern Bollywood music. But has it made the youth of today’s music interests’ one dimensional?

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July 25, 2011

Wasted Talent

When I heard about the death of Amy Winehouse, I was really sad but not surprised. Valerie played in my head instantly as my mind went through my favourite album of hers, Back to Black. All I kept thinking was what wasted talent.

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July 19, 2011

JLo’s Back!

Our generation’s Elizabeth Taylor, the most fabulous Jennifer Lopez announced she is divorcing her manorexic husband.

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July 4, 2011

Prince Rocks Hop Farm

Beyonce may have rocked Glastonbury, but last night, the one and only Prince rocked an audience of 50,000 people at Hop Farm Festival in Kent in a performance that even Beyonce would have taken a back seat at.

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June 24, 2011

The Death Of The Hardback

Whatever will happen to libraries, to hand me down books and to our colourful bookshelves filled with years of fiction and non-fiction? Probably the same thing that happened to photos when digital cameras became accessible to the masses and to music when Apple launched the Ipod. We will end up with yet another digital library.

The Telegraph reported yesterday that ebook sales in the UK had overtaken hardback books since the launch of the UK Kindle stores last year in August.

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June 9, 2011

Toxic Moby

Moby, producer of whale music and backdrop tracks to car ads declared that Britney Spears doesn’t count as music.  Did he realise this after taking a pay cheque from her producers or did he realise now that they don’t need him and he is bitter so decided to take a swipe at her? 

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