Just when everyone thought popular and independent music was taking a back seat, two celebrated artistes and a veteran band are returning to the scene in a big way. Indus Creed, India’s oldest indie band, Sufi singer Rabbi Shergill and soul musician Lucky Ali are all ready to make comebacks-of-sorts.
While Ali launched his new album Raastaman in the city on Thursday, Indus Creed and Rabbi will look to bring out their collection within the next few months. Ali feels that the setback the independent or alternative music industry faced has never affected him or his business. He will soon also depart on a 25-city 90-day tour around the country to promote his music.
Rabbi, known for his folksy melodies and rock arrangements will release his third album, tentatively titled Cabaret Weimar. But unlike Ali, he feels that the indie music industry is almost defunct now, thanks to Bollywood, “I wish both industries could co-exist to produce a wonderful variety of music,” he says.
On the other hand, Indus Creed couldn’t be more keyed up for their reunion album. “The music scene has changed a lot, technologically, so we had fun working on the album, which is unlike anything we have released in the past,” says guitarist Mahesh Tinaikar."