Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopala Sheshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman, popularly known by his stage name Blaaze, has written a song Sajna… for Michael Bolton’s 21st album Gems. "Bolton was very keen to work with AR Rahman. AR and I had co-written Sajna… which featured in the movie Couples Retreat that released last year. Michael Bolton heard the song and decided to do a cover of it for his new album," he says. Following his interest, the three finished recording the song in LA recently.
Blaaze, who is also a part of AR’s band and raps in all his songs, has been travelling with AR for over a month now, performing with the music maestro on his world tour. They recently performed at a concert in Sydney in front of a 75,000 capacity crowd. "It was a blessed moment. It felt great. I believe everyone has a favourite place in the universe. Mine is on stage, with a mic, doing my thing," he says, adding, "The tour was an amazing blend of artistes from all over the world. It was a great learning experience." The guest artistes on the tour included world renowned musicians like Oscar Seaton (drummer for Lionel Richie), Nilaya Sabnis (dancer with Madonna), Jon Beasley (jazz artiste) and guitarist Joel Shearer.
Rap for maestro
Blaaze started his musical journey with Rahman in 1992. "Maria Gorretti introduced me to Louis Banks, and he in turn put me in touch with Sivamani, who made me meet Rahman. One day, Rahman called me to his place in Chennai. I recorded Baba rap…, the very night I reached Chennai for Rajinikanth’s 2002 movie Baba."
Currently, Blaaze is working on his solo album called, Time 4 Gandhi, along with LA based producer Romey Rome, which will also feature a song dedicated to the Egyptian revolution. "It is called ‘Revolution son…’ I think it’s very important for us as musicians to raise our voice on issues," he says.