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An Asian journalist's Riddims & Views
Friday, 25 June 2004
The hottest Valentines tunes in the Asian Music Circuit - 2004
By Ashanti OMkar

As one of the most romantic day of the year approaches, one of the pleasures in life that brings back memories of special moments together is music. With the influx of brilliant artistes in the mainstream in 2004, there are so many tunes that will capture the ears of the discerning listener leave a lasting impression on the minds of music buyers.

In terms of pure romance, the name that strikes the chords of most young ladies is RAGHAV - the young tri-lingual singer/song writer, who has taken the Asian music industry by storm, with his tantalising vocals and true to life lyrics, not to mention his exceptionally good looks. After being in the top 10 for 4 weeks, as the featured singer on the smash hit, `So Confused' with 2Play, Raghav is set to make his solo break with his exceptionally catchy song, `Can't Get Enough'. This song was penned by the man himself, using his real life experiences in true amorous fashion, where he is telling the secret object of his affection that he is in love with her - very much in line with Valentines Day. This song is a combination of an old Hindi song, English vocals, Hot UK Rapper, Iceberg Slimm rapping some sweetness and Raghav giving it his true stamp by singing in eloquent Hindi. This is definitely the record to buy for your Valentine, one to savour for many years to come. Out now in all good record shops.

The boys from the 2point9 crew are hard at work, bringing you the best in slick production and banging tunes. Rishi Rich and his prot?g?s, Jay Sean and Juggy D are now on KISS FM, bringing to you a new show of Asian flavas, once a week, every Friday, at Midnight. This is one show the Asian music lovers will enjoy listening to, just sit back with your loved one and chill out to the vibes flowing with the best in Asian tastes hitting the airwaves. Jay Sean's `One Night' is one song to listen out for, smoothness in his voice and great music, that's what it's all about. Also, Juggy D's album is in completion, with help from Mentor, cousin of Rishi Rich, who has done the Timbaland/Magoo remix of `Cop that S***'. This album is set to hit the streets very soon, with a lot of real Asian music, featuring the music talents of violinist Karthik Raghunathan and vocalist Kumar Raghunathan. The sneak preview sounded good to me and I can say, `The Mentor' is the name to listen out for in 2004, with his dope beats and love for all Indian flavours of music.

The other Valentines specials to go and buy are the album by Dalvinder Singh, `The Survivor', which features many a stunning track, a wide favourite being `Shaunk', which features the Ragga stylings of legendary Apache Indian; `Hai Hai', the single release by Punjabi Hit Squad, featuring the gorgeous Ms Scandalous will be in shops very soon, certainly one to enjoy with a loved one. On discussions with Irfan of we came up with a joint consensus of liking for his find, new and talented songstress, Sneha Mistry, a young lady with a flair for music.

Last but not least, with the month of March soon coming up and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CSBO), celebrating Indian music with the `Asian Mozart', AR Rahman, tickets are available for the 2 shows on 5th and 6th of March, with special music treats from the man himself. In terms of Bollywood, the album to buy that loved one is surely, MEENAXI (Tale of 3 Cities), the music sits at Number One in all the charts, with AR Rahman working his magic. `Yeh Rishta' is the song to capture that heart, with the vocal talents of Reena Bharathwaj, a resident of Osterley, Middlesex, with the soothing, nightingale like voice.

This was published in The Asian Post Newspaper, Valentine's 2004. Since then, Raghav has has many a top 10 hit, Reena Bharathwaj is cutting an album with the revered Nithin Sawhney (check out my interview with him, Jay Sean and the 2point9 crew are rolling high with hits and AR Rahman is working on Lord of the Rings, having had a mistake ladden but commercially successful run with the CSBO.

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