''Robbie is going through some crisis in his life. He is probably unwell," says Asha Bhosle who recorded an album with British pop singer Robbie Williams earlier this year. "The album is ready. We recorded the remix of his hits Rock DJ and Better man together as a duet. But after that, I am clueless as to what happened to it. Robbie and I haven’t spoken again since."
The songs were expected to undergo a complete makeover, with sounds of traditional Indian instruments like the tabla, sitar and sarangi. Bhosle reportedly recorded her part in India with instrumentalists and arrangers from China, India and Singapore. Morton Wilson from Schtung Studios and his team too have worked on the tracks in Hong Kong.
The remixes were expected to be made available for mobile downloads this year. It was also reported that a Bollywood producer had approached Williams to feature the duo’s collaboration for his upcoming film. "You know what kind of lifestyle these angrez people have. Who knows what he ate, drank or simply did to himself? Last heard he was in some kind of trouble. So now I don’t know if and when the album is releasing," Bhosle says.
Currently, the 77-year-old is elated about her live music album with Ustaad Shujaat Khan, which released on Thursday. "It took me back to my early days when we had day-long rehearsals and recordings with senior composers and instrumentalists. We recorded with live musicians, so we couldn’t make mistakes," says Bhosle.
Apart from that, Bhosle is currently glued to episodes of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar on Zee TV. “The kids are really good and some of them can head straight to recording studios,” she says. “But their real test will be when they sing their own songs. Till then, I’ll reserve futher comments.”