The new Videos section of Split Magazine features selections from independent musicians and bands all over India, such as Parikrama’s “But It Rained” — a video shot in the Himalayas Spiti Valley; the song was inspired by tourist kidnappings in Kashmir. Split’s videos also include the documentary by Samira Kanwar on The Big Chill, an international festival of alternative music which came to beautiful Aswem Beach, Goa, in 2007. Check out the rest of the cool videos on display and keep an eye out for more! Split Magazine was founded by Arun Kale, the very talented web producer at Nirali.
Sri-Lankan-American Dushyanthi has released a remix of J. Holiday’s “Bed” along with a video, shot in New York City. Dushyanthi was profiled in Nirali last year as she was promoting her single, “Many Men.” Since then, she’s been in the studio recording and even logged in some time to record with Wyclef Jean and the Ying Yang Twins.
See the video for Dushyanthi’s remix of “Bed” after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Abstraction-friendly rapper and producer Madlib has released a new album titled “Beat Konducta Vol. 3-4: In India,” released last month on the Stones Throw recording label and reviewed today in Dusted magazine. “In India” uses vocals, dialogue and music from Indian cinema, deconstructed and reworked into a pastiche that sharply differs from previous marriages of hip-hop and Bollywood. It’s unclear which track on the album matches the video below, but it’s still amusing and refreshing to see that there’s a little Tollywood, Kollywood and Mollywood in the mix.
Update on “Shaheen a STAR Candidate”—Shaheen Sheik’s song “Wildflower World” beat out over 400 contestants this past week to make it into the top ten round of a contest held by mainstream Los Angeles radio station 98.7 STAR. Listeners can show their support for Sheik and her song by participating in the final round of online voting now through September 26. The final vote will decide the Star Lounge featured song and artist who will also get to perform live on the radio.
Previous Star Lounge artists include Dave Matthews, Alanis Morrisette, Coldplay and Norah Jones. The top ten round this year includes the following artists in addition to Shaheen Sheik: Ken Oak Band, Adrina Thorpe, Jordyn Taylor, Joseph Vincent, Lady Danville, Jeff Stauning, Waiting 4 Wyatt, Larissa Lam and Michael Celedon.
More: The video for “Wildflower World” is up now on Shaheen’s site.
Shaheen Sheik’s “Wildflower World,” a soothing pop single with folk undertones and introspective lyrics, has a shot at being selected for a lounge CD from southern California’s modern adult contemporary radio station STAR 98.7. If selected the newly wed Sheik would perform live on mainstream radio and her track would be included on the CD. Voting runs 9/13 — 9/19. You can watch the video and show your support for Shaheen’s single by voting online. This multi-faceted artist gave some insight into her songwriting process in an interview with Mahiram.com.
“You know, I study the Sarod (north Indian classical instrument) and within Hindustani music there is such an emphasis on how time of day affects the raga you should play. I believe that 100%. The time of day, climate, surroundings are so key to the tempo of the song, the key, whether it’s major or minor and the topic of the lyrics.”
The video of M.I.A.’s Jimmy was leaked by the director and has landed on YouTube. The song itself samples the song Jimmy from the 1983 movie Disco Dancer. The video boasts shots of a golden M.I.A. as a multi-armed goddess spliced with a dancing blonde M.I.A. (with a hot haircut, may I add.) in a metallic vaguely Pucci-esque dress against a white backdrop.
Watch both versions after the jump and then tell me, dear readers… Do you like the original version or M.I.A.’s? Leave me a comment! Read the rest of this entry »
Zerobridge, profiled in NIRALI‘s November 2006 issue (“Band of Brothers”), is coming out on September 18 with their latest EP named after its title track, “Havre de Grace.” The name comes from a town in northern Maryland, close to where the brothers grew up. “It means Harbor of Grace,” explains lead singer/guitarist and songwriter Mubashir “Din” Mohi-ud-Din. “I always just loved the sound of it and what it could mean. The tune itself sounds fresh and defines who we are right now and where we have been as a band.” The rock band is gearing up for release parties in the tristate area to promote their new album. Keep a look out on their myspace for all the updates.
Previously: Don’t Miss Zerobridge at CMJ
Update: Snaps and clips from the release party for their new album, at Mercury Lounge in Lower East Side.
Solo artist and founder of Carnatic jazz ensemble VidyA, Prasant Radhakrishnan invites you to a concert in Milpitas, California, on August 5, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and marking the release of his third Carnatic saxophone album, “East Facing.” (Buy tickets here or here. To hear the album, visit his music page and launch player.) The album’s title references the “tradition that the student must face East when bowing to receive the guru’s blessings with the intention of growing and moving forward.” Radhakrishnan’s musical guru is Padmashri Kadri Gopalnath (“Saxophone Chakravarthy”), “the man who almost single-handedly made the Indian saxophone respectable.” (India Currents.)
“I wanted to do something that was relevant locally but still had a universal message beyond something as simple as ‘a CD has been released,'” says Radhakrishnan. “LLS is a nonprofit that is dealing with a very relevant issue today, especially with the Indian community (see helpvinay.org and helpvinayandsameer.org). I have done many benefit concerts for things like AID and Asha, but had not done something so close to the community and also related to health. Reading about these issues, I really wanted to do something to get involved, however small.” Read the rest of this entry »
Global fusion group Rupa & the April Fishes have good reason to celebrate these days. Earlier this year they released their debut CD, Extraordinary Rendition, and a tour including Canada and Mexico is scheduled to follow in September. This spring they received a Mastermind award as part of SF Weekly‘s program to celebrate local artists who are changing the creative and cultural landscape of San Francisco.
For the band with a Francophone lead singer today brings a fantastic reason for a fête—Bastille Day! Celebrate the spirit of romance (and Roma) and rebellion at SF’s Great American Music Hall tonight, Saturday, July 14, with Rupa & the April Fishes. Look for mimes in the moshpit and crepes in the balcony and Malamaña on stilts. Listen for MC Rai (North African and electronica), Les Croques-Notes (French chanteur classics) and DJ Mignane (French/Senegalese) at what should be a truly international celebration.
Earlier in the day you can catch the band on the radio on “West Coast Live,” a long-running live and unscripted Saturday morning variety show.
If you’re interested in Indian classical music, take note of what’s happening this weekend: Renowned Hindustani singer Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan will perform this Saturday at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea. The concert series, called The Raga Cycle, will take place over the next three Saturdays (June 16, 23, and 30). The RMA is co-presenting the concerts with the American Academy of Indian Classical Music (AAICM).
A distinguishing feature of the series is the timing of each particular concert. The first, on the 16th, will begin at 11 a.m. and is devoted to “Morning Ragas.” Similarly, the June 23 concert will commence at 3 p.m. and feature “Afternoon Ragas,” and the final performance on the 30th at 7 p.m. will consist of—you guessed it—”Evening Ragas.”
Associating ragas with certain times of the day is common in many kinds of Indian classical music, and it is especially prevalent in Hindustani: If my Amar Chitra Kathas have taught me properly (and they’ve rarely failed to do so. Thanks, Uncle Pai!), the notion began with Tansen, whose singing of an evening raga in the morning made the skies grow darker.
Mashkoor Khan’s accompanists will be his disciple Michael Harrison on vocal support and tambura, and Naren Budhakar on tabla.
For further information and ticket pricings, check out the Rubin Museum’s calendar.