Mini Music Series: Sharing my top 5 Bollywood retro songs from the 60’s – 90’s

It has been a while since I have done a mini musical series at Girl at the Piano (my last being the 3 part series of my favourite cover songs), and as I am yet to talk about the retro songs of Bollywood music, I had the wonderful idea of converting this into a mini series where I share my top 5 favourite songs from each decade from the 60’s through to the 90’s.

The Bollywood retro era is a well loved era for many music lovers, and it also represents a time where music was taken very seriously in Bollywood much more than it is now. I have decided to push the boundaries a little here by including the 1990’s even though some may feel that it doesn’t belong to the same era, but in my opinion it truly does! Especially, as we are seeing a lot of 90’s songs recreated for current Bollywood films today.

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Press Release: The first UK Vinyl Awards to be held on 15th May 2018!

Press Release as received by Girl at the Piano from Vinyl World Congress:

The UK music industry has announced the launch of The Vinyl Awards on the evening of the 15th May at the Vinyl World Congress, a series of international B2B conferences bringing the international Vinyl Manufacturing industry together in response to the sustained spike in sales internationally, lead times and the growing need to facilitate trade and co-operation within the industry.

The first Vinyl World Congress taking place 15th-16th May 2018 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, UK is sponsored by Discogs, Pheenix Alpha, Viryl Technologies, Newbilt Machinery, Plastchem and Dugdale.

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Artist Aloud: Reviewing new releases from artists Anurag Dixit, Imcha Imchen and Rishabh Srivastava

I always look forward to listening and reviewing new releases from the independent talent platform Artist Aloud. This week’s new releases are from the following artists: Anurag Dixit, Imcha Imchen and Rishabh Srivastava. Read on for song information details and my reviews of the new releases from these talented artists.

First up, we have three songs from Anurag Dixit: Tum, Tumko Dekha Toh and Tumhe Na Bhool Payenge.

Artist Information about Anurag Dixit

Anurag Dixit is one of the most promising talents on the Indian pop music scene. A singer-songwriter-composer all rolled into one, Anurag Dixit has become increasingly popular, especially with the young generation. This is evident from his growing popularity on social media where more than 10,000 people have become his fans. Known for his strong vocal abilities, Anuragā€™s talent for songwriting and composition is as impressive. He has written, composed and sung TV title songs and performed all across the country. Above all, Anurag is a trained and versatile musician with a wealth of arranging and producing experiences that have helped develop his signature sound: Original, refreshing, and moving!

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Marcus Corbett: Loving Kind from the album Every Little Spirit

After introducing musician Marcus Corbett here at Girl at the Piano, I have decided to share another of his unique songs which is called Loving Kind taken from the album Every Little Spirit.

The song is of course, a fusion between western acoustic guitar and Indian classical music, and a Bharatnatyam dancer features in its video, thus bridging the gap between these two cultures. Marcus has managed to blend the sound of the acoustic guitar and tabla so very well in this particular track and his vocals give the song a very soothing and smooth vibe.

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New Music Monday: Teri Meri Kahani by Nouman Javaid

This week’s New Music Monday features a new release from one of my favourite artists Nouman Javaid. If you are a regular reader of Girl at the Piano, you may already be familiar with Nouman’s work that I have previously shared on the blog.

Nouman Javaid

Nouman’s latest release is the romantic Teri Meri Kahani which he has written, composed and sung for a popular serial from Pakistan called Teri Meri Kahani which airs on Hum TV. Now even though the song has been composed keeping the serial in mind, I feel that it is also strong enough as a stand alone track on its own. I have been fortunate enough to know Nouman personally since 2009, and while listening to his work, I was blown away to learn the importance of songs in Pakistani serials as this concept is not even taken so seriously in the Hindi television industry, so it really came as a surprise to me.

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My favourite Golden Oldie song: Stars by Simply Red

We have reached that time of the month, where I celebrate a favourite song of mine, here at Girl at the Piano. Last month’s choice was a Bollywood song which means this month will be a Western classic, and I have chosen Stars by Simply Red.

My close friend and family circle all know just how big a fan I am of the group Simply Red. I grew up listening to their music, and appreciating all of the many genres (soul/jazz/pop/rock) that they added to create their unique sound. The band’s leader and lead singer Mick Hucknall, is my first music idol and continues to be til this very day (yes, I do wish they were still making music!)

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Artist Aloud: 3 new releases from artists Chintoo Singh Wasir, Shipra Malhotra and Sam Christy

This week’s new singles from Artist Aloud feature the artists Chintoo Singh Wasir, Shipra Malhotra and Sam Christy. As always, I have listened to each single and will be reviewing them below, along with giving you all some background information on each of this week’s artists.

Artist Information about Chintoo Singh Wasir

Chintoo Singh Wasir is an eminent Sufi singer in the Indian music industry. With having over a plethora of live shows all over the world to his credit, Chintoo Singh has also accompanied legends from Jagjit Singh to Mehendi Hassan and has also recorded the rabab and guitar music for Shania Twain and Phil Collins. Although, he is a master at various instruments, he is prominent for using instruments like Rabab and the thumba.

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New Music Monday: Introducing music composer Somnath Roy

One of my main reasons for creating Girl at the Piano was to be able to share the work of upcoming musicians who often miss out on the mainstream attention they deserve, and so after recently introducing the talented musician Marcus Corbett, it gives me great pleasure to introduce another music composer Somnath Roy (also known as Tattu).

Somnath Roy

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New Music Monday: SANAM Mennu – now enjoy the video!

The 2nd of February saw the release of the next SANAMOriginal SANAM Mennu. This is the first time the fab four have released an audio, before releasing the video of the song. You can stream and download the audio of SANAM Mennu on all popular streaming services.

The band have just released the video of the song which also comes with subtitles for those who are not familiar with the Punjabi language. The video has been shot in Goa and the song explains a common phase that most romantic relationships experience.

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Arya Entertainment: Vote for Piya Reprise in the Artist Aloud awards!

The second release from Arya Entertainment was the romantic Piya Reprise. The song has been written and composed by Viraal and featured both a ballerina and mime artist, as well as popular anchor Gunjan Utreja in the video, which was the first of its kind, in the Hindi music scene.

Now you can vote for Piya Reprise on the Independent music platform Artist Aloud, as they hold their annual AAMA award ceremony.

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