Lesle Lewis is convinced that in spite of making music for over 30 years no one has heard his true voice. One part of fusion act Colonial Cousins (CC) that includes classical vocalist Hariharan, Lesle is the brain behind hits like Suneeta Rao’s Pari hoon mein, Alisha Chinoy’s Bombay girl and KK’s Pal, for which he composed and produced music.
“Many think I sing in English, while Hariharan is the Hindustani guy. It’s been over 10 years since I played solo. I was busy doing stuff for others and had no time for myself. So I decided to do my songs and sing for myself in my own way,” says Lesle, who is set to launch his latest solo Hindi pop album, Tanha Sa Hoon. The six-track album has genres like jazz, pop and even RnB, and took him less than two months to put together. The 50 year old says, “It’s straight from the heart. I am the singer, songwriter, composer as well as performer. You can see different sides of me in each song.”
At the launch gig tonight, Lesle reveals he has many crazy tricks up his sleeve. “There will be a lot of
(madness) on stage, my audience will be like my guests at home. I won’t be rendering songs from the album tonight — that people can buy and hear. I’ll present a different version that only few will ever get to see or hear live,” he promises, adding that he’s started work on the new CC album that will release later this year.