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AR Rahman's music school creates Indian version Michael Jackson's songs

Hindustan Times   May 31, 2014
First Published: 13:38 IST(31/5/2014) | Last Updated: 14:35 IST(31/5/2014)

The official versions of two of Michael Jackson’s songs from his posthumous album, Xscape, will soon be released in India. The Indian versions of Love Never Felt So Good and Slave To The Rhythm have been created at composer AR Rahman’s music school, KM Music Conservatory, in Chennai.

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"It is a wonderful opportunity for KM to be creating Indian influenced covers of these tracks from such a legendary musician. We hope to capture the spirit and essence of Michael Jackson’s music and infuse them with elements from different Indian traditions to make new musical masterpieces showing homage to his legacy," says Fathima Rafiq, executive director, KM.

The tracks will be available for download and streaming by end of June. "Although KM primarily teaches Western and Indian Classical music, working on MJ’s music demonstrates how connected popular music is with its classical past tradition," says Adam Greig, academic coordinator, KM.

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