R.I.P. Robert Miles, Dance Music Pioneer

DJ Robert Miles has died after a brief illness. If you listened to music in the 90s, you can’t have missed the genius of Italian born DJ/music producer Robert Miles, even today DJ’s sample his music worldwide.

“Children” is the most iconic of hits in the history of dance music and really defined his career and revolutionized dance music, creating an entire genre “Dream House” which brought trance music to the mainstream. In clubs they used to have this as the last track of the night.

It is a track that is very moving and brings strong emotions.

After Miles performed this music in a club, a girl approached him in tears. “What music is this?” she asked him. It was a moment he will never forget that moment, realizing that his feelings had been conveyed through his music. His dream turned into reality.

Children:

Fable was another one of his fantastic tracks…featured in the movie “Ever After” (with Drew Barrymore).

Fable:

 

 

 

Disco Pioneers: Indian Born Music Producer Biddu and Tina Charles

Back in the ‘70s Tina Charles was a very talented English singer and at the time doing only backup vocals for groups, and wasn’t getting recognition. It wasn’t until she met Indian born British music producer Biddu who produced her immortal hit “I love to love”. I remember watching this song premier on “Top of the Pops” back in ’76. It still sounds fresh almost 40 years later!

Biddu is considered one of the pioneers of Disco, Euro-Disco and South Asian Pop (Indipop) music. He was hailed as one of the “50 Greatest Music Producers of All Time” by New Musical Express.  His international breakthrough came in 1974 with “Kung Fu Fighting” performed by Carl Douglas; the song became one of the best-selling singles of all time with eleven million records sold, helped popularize disco music. It was the first worldwide disco hit from Britain and Europe, and established Biddu as one of the most prolific dance music producers from outside the United States at the time.

He also produced “Disco Deewane” for Nazia and Zoeb Hassan which went on to become the biggest selling pop album in South Asia and launched an entire genre of South Asian pop music. I lived in Africa at the time, it was heard everywhere from corner shops to clubs.

Menu Kehn De – Himesh Reshamiyya (Akbar Sami Remix)

Here is Akbar Sami’s electro-house remix of “Menu Kehn De” with its energetic vibe is sure to haunt dance clubs around the world for years to come!

Out now in stores on T-Series, the album “Aap Se Mausiqui” by Himesh Reshammiya features this track.

Taking a look at the past, Akbar Sami and Himesh Reshammiya Bollywood collaborations have made history;  their partnership has brought us some of the biggest and most memorable Bollywood remixes and dance tracks such as the award winning remix track Aashiq Banaya Aapne and Aap Ki Kashish, Jhalak Dikhlaja, and many more tracks that still set fires to dance floors around the world.

Reshammiya’s debut album “Aap Ka Suroor” in 2007 is considered the bestselling album (that was not a Bollywood film soundtrack) in Indian history. I bought it mainly for the seven dance remixes on the album including the title track which were produced by Akbar Sami – sheer magic!

 

 

Maula Mere, Maula Mere

The other day I was playing this song in my car and thinking about my beautiful wife – Mahi Jaan. I called her and tried singing the words to her but I was causing such a traffic jam on the 405 so gave up. She was probably worried that the Bel Air residents would come out wondering what shattered their windows or “Who let the dogs out?”. Let’s face it – We all don’t have magical voices like Tahir.

But as I listened…suddenly everything I looked at turned into sheer beauty….on the 405, the San Fernando Valley below me. On the 101, the sun rising so majestically, yet delicately veiled by gentle clouds, the mountains in the eastern distance still wearing their white caps….

Oh boy, it was indeed a mystical experience. As Carmen would say “QUE BONITO ES EL AMOR!”

Funny thing was that Hitesh also happened to think of the same song on the same day! Coincidence? Maybe he was also enveloped with sheer beauty everywhere – since London is such a beautiful city.

Here is the song with such beautiful and expressive poetry. I also have translated the lyrics to English below, to be as close as possible to its original Urdu meaning and in most places have used the literal meaning of the words but sometimes the symbolic to try stay true to its Sufi poetic form.

Enjoy!

Singer: Roop Kumar Rathod
Lyrics: Sayeed Qadri

You can listen to it here on YouTube:

Maula Mere Maula Mere

    Maula mere, maula mere, maula mere, maula mere

    Aankhein teri, kitni haseen
    Ke inkaa aashiq, mein ban gayaa hoon
    Mujhko basaa le, inme tu

    Ishq hai…

    Maula mere, maula mere maula mere, maula mere

    Ke inkaa aashiq, mein ban gayaa hoon
    Mujhko basaa le, inme tu

    Mujhse yeh har ghadi, meraa dil kahe
    Tum hi ho uski aarzoo

    Mujhse yeh har ghadi, mere lab kahe
    Teri hi ho sab guftagoo

    Baatein teri itni haseen,
    Main yaad inko jab kartaa hoon
    Phoolon se aaye, khushboo

    Rakh loon chhupaa ke main kahin tujhko
    Saayaa bhi teraa naa main doon

    Rakh loon banaa ke kahin ghar, main tujhe
    Saath tere, mein hi rahoon

    Zulfein teri, itni ghanee
    Dekh ke inko, yeh sochtaa hoon
    Saaye me, inke main jiyoon

    Ishq hai…

    Maula mere, Maula mer, Maula mere, Maula mere

    Meraa dil yahi bolaa, meraa dil yahi bolaa,
    Yaara, raaz yeh usne hai mujh par kholaa
    Ki hai ishq mohabbat, jiske dil mein
    Usko pasand karta hai Maulaa mere

    TRANSLATION:

    O’ My Master, O’ My Master,

    Your eyes, how beautiful they are
    That their lover, I have become,
    Captivate me within them

    It is passionate love…

    O’ My Master, O’ My Master

    Your eyes, how beautiful they are
    That I have become their lover,
    Captivate me within them

    Every moment, my heart keeps saying
    That you are its deepest desire

    Every moment, my lips keep saying
    Only you should be all they talk about

    Every word you speak, so charming
    That whenever I reminisce them,
    I smell the fragrance of flowers

    Let me take you and hide you somewhere
    Where even your shadow cannot reach

    Let me build you a house somewhere
    Where only I, will be with you

    The tresses of your hair, so rich
    I glance at them and imagine,
    In their shadow is where I’ll live

    It is passionate love

    O’ My Master, O’ My Master

    My heart has spoken, my heart has spoken
    O’ friend, this secret, it has revealed to me…
    Whoever has passion and love in their hearts,
    They are the beloved ones of my Master

Jai Ho to Slumdog Millionaire!

Who the hell would have thought that the best film on Oscar night in Hollywood was an intense, romantic melodrama that delivered satisfaction in a brilliant way, was made in the slums of Mumbai with a mostly unknown star cast, directed by a British director, who made films like “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later”?

“All my life, I’ve had a choice of hate and love. I chose love, and I’m here,” – Bollywood music director, A.R. Rahman as he accepted two of the Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song – “Jai Ho”.

“Jai Ho” means “May Victory Be Yours” in Hindi….and indeed victory was with “Slumdog Millionaire” last night.

With a whopping, truly deserved, 8 Oscars (from the 10 it was nominated for) “Slumdog Millionaire” the independent film that cost $14 million (compared to Dark Night made for $180 million) topped the list of most Oscar wins (including Best Picture) for any film last night at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA.

Here’s the oscars.com link where you can watch some of the highlights from last night’s big wins.

The movie was indeed one of the best films my wife and I have ever watched. It was like watching “Salaam Bombay” meets “City of God” – two of my favorite films of all time in one. A truly brilliant masterpiece of art!

“Jai Ho” song being performed live on the Oscars stage was fantastic!

Here’s the clip from the Oscars:

You can watch the song performed live by A.R. Rahman on the Jay Leno show:

The Oscar Winners are as follows :

BEST PICTURE:
Slumdog Millionaire

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Sean Penn
Milk

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Kate Winslet
The Reader

DIRECTING:
Slumdog Millionaire

FORIEGN LANGAUGE FILM:
Departures

MUSIC(SONG):
Slumdog Millionaire

MUSIC (SCORE):
Slumdog Millionaire

FILM EDITING:
Slumdog Millionaire

SOUND MIXING:
Slumdog Millionaire

SOUND EDITING:
The Dark Knight

VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
Smile Pinki

DOCUMENTORY FEATURE:
Man on Wire

ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE:
Health Ledger
The Dark knight

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Slumdog Millionaire

MAKEUP:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

COSTUME DESIGN:
The Duchess

ART Direction:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
La Maison En Peptits Cubes

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Wall-E

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Slumdog Millionaire

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY):
Milk

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Penelope Cruz
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

[Source : Official OSCAR Website www.oscar.com]

Mumbai Attacks: Piecing Together the Story

There are are a lot of speculation and stories floating around about the Mumbai attacks. You won’t get the full stories of the attacks from the mainstream media.

AlterNet has put together a comprehensive and alternative analysis on latest terrorist attacks carried out in Mumbai. Click on the below link:


Mumbai Attacks: Piecing Together the Story

Britain’s History of Breeding Terrorists

Here’s an article from the Yorkshire Post by Chris Bond that lists terrorists that were produced in the UK that went on to create terror around the world:

Britain’s shameful links to extremists killing for Islam

EXTREMISTS born or based in Britain have been linked to a string of terror attacks.
Britain attracted an unwelcome reputation as a haven for Islamic radicals, with the capital dubbed “Londonistan”.

The first British suicide bomber was Londoner Asif Hanif, 21, an ex-public schoolboy who blew himself up outside a Tel Aviv bar in April 2003.

His accomplice, Omar Khan Sharif, 27, from Derby, tried to detonate a bomb that failed to explode and his body was found in the sea several days later.

Martial arts expert Wail al-Dhaleai, from Sheffield, killed himself in a suicide bombing against US troops in Iraq in November 2003.

The same year 21-year-old Manchester University student Urslaan Khan was arrested in northern Iraq allegedly attempting to join an al-Qaida linked guerrilla group.

The so-called “Tipton Three” were released from Guantanamo Bay after being held in the Cuban camp for three years.

In another case, would-be suicide bomber Saajid Badat was jailed at the Old Bailey for 13 years after he admitted plotting with Richard Reid to explode a shoe bomb on a transatlantic flight in December 2001. Reid was later sentenced to a life term by a United States court.

However, it was the 7/7 bombings that thrust Yorkshire into the terrorist spotlight.

Four suicide bombers exploded devices in three packed rush-hour London Underground Tube trains and a crowded bus, killing 52 people and injuring nearly 800.

All of the bombers, ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussain had links to West Yorkshire.

In August this year, 18-year-old Hammaad Munshi, from Dewsbury, became Britain’s youngest terrorist and was locked up for two years after plans to cause death and destruction were found hidden in his bedroom.

Munshi was just 15 when he was recruited into the plot.