Well, well, well.. here we are again. Another new calendar year to get through, another 363 days to do what we got to do.. and try and do it to the best of our abilities.
So let me start off with thanking you, yes, all you constant readers, as I enter my third year of columnising (no such word, I know but you get it…ya?). Thank you for staying with the music.
Thank you to the nice, kind people at HT Café, who have kept my voice reaching out to all of you. And thank you to the music that continues to inspire all of us in so many ways. And let’s hope the music inspires a lot more people to put out more new music this year.
Original music wanted
I know for sure that Sona, the only Indian Sufi songstress, is putting together her sophomore ‘rock’ album, titled Raat/Din as we speak, and is preparing to enthrall American audiences at the Lincoln Centre in New York this month. A first for an Indian non-classical artiste, to my knowledge, and a huge privilege, in my opinion.
The prolific Shaa’ir + Func will be back with a new album, a quick follow-up to their recently released Light Tribe, as will also Pentagram, who will follow up their 2007 album It’s OK, It’s All Good with some slamming new stuff.
OK, now for people whom I’d like to hear new and original stuff from, the massive and astounding Raghu Dixit Project (new album please, soon), Lucky Ali (It has been ages, man.. c’mon), Mehnaaz (where are you?), KK and Jojo, (let’s hear your voices outside of film songs please). Shilpa Rao, a new and fantastic voice deserves its own platform outside of Hindi films. Vishal-Shekhar need to be heard more.. not in a film album but an album of original material!
A lot more Indian rock bands will be recording their albums as well, so look out for them. Them Clones, Something Relevant, Cassini’s Division, Half Step Down, Demonic Resurrection, Medusa, Split, Agnee, Skinny Alley and Junkyard Groove to name a few. Whew!
Vote for music
So, all in all, an exciting year in music to look forward to, provided we don’t go to war or no natural disaster decides to swallow up the Indian subcontinent or horror of horrors, we elect corrupt politicians all over again!
I, as always, will vote for the music, for it’s the only true democracy I know.. if I may say so.