Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rahul and the Rhythm

Famous music composer and arranger Rahul Pradhan has formed a band Rahul & The Rhythm (A Blend Of Culture) with three female singer from different country. Its a mix of Rahul's rhythm with a blend of culture with Nimu from Nepal, Salomy frm India and ILze from Europe. Rahul & The Rhythm has just released thier album "Attention" from "United music Company". For the album lyrics has been written by Basu Dhakal, Anup Shriwastav. They have featured 9double7 and son of Rahul Pradhan master Aman Pradhan.This album contains experimental songs about Life, Country, Love & Trust. All songs are recorded and mixed at "Orange studio" by Rahul Pradhan and music composed and arranged by himself . The cover for this album is designed by Surose Bard.

The Vibez -- Finally


San Francisco based Nepalese pop rock band, The Vibez, recently announced that they are launching their album, The Vibez Generation through Reeyaz Music Company on Shrawan 2, 2065 (July 17, 2008). The album consists 8 songs of different genres from techno to adhunik and from soft rock to hard rock.

The Vibez is a well established band in the US and has toured many cities in the year 2006 and 2007. The Vibez had been working on the album since 2005.

Direk Shrestha, (percussionist, drummer and guitarist) is currently in Kathmandu to release the album. He says, "The eight songs in the album are like eight actors. You might have a favorite one but you are going to love most of them. The songs in the album were filtered from 18 songs and have been well polished."

The Vibez are Direk Shrestha, Prayeen Singh (Vocals/Arranger) and Rupak Lama (Lead Guitar).

Manose Singh (flutist) from 1974 AD and Deependra Rai (Lead Guitar) from Full Circle have also played in the album.

After the launch of the album, Direk Shrestha will be touring with Sudip Tamrakar (The Uglyz) and Rockin Shrestha (The Uglyz) to promote the album.

To learn more about the The Vibez, its members and activities, you can visit www.thevibezmusic.com (nepalisite)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Maitighar


One of the early films from Nepali Film Factory. Indian actress of Nepali origin Mala Sinha ( Born to Bengali-Nepali parents) acted as the lead. C.P Lohani, her husband, acted as well as got chance to croon some songs.. never saw him after that film though. The title track was apparently very famous. The place where it was shot was rechristened as Maitighar which is a pretty well known spot in Kathmandu now.. Hmm didnt know that before! ( frm Nepali Beats)

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Nepali music abroad (Sur Sudha raises funds at Covent Garden)


The well-known Nepali classical ensemble, Sur Sudha, in connection to their European trip, gave a thrilling performance at a fundraising concert at the Convent Garden in London last Wednesday.

Organized by art curator Sangita Thapa and Celia Washington, the concert aimed to collect funds for the establishment of Kathmandu Art Center.

During the program, the Sur Sudha trio was joined by the well-known composer Joshua Field on the piano. Field has composed songs for many music artistes, and Queen is one of them.

Tabla player Surendra Shrestha of Sur Sudha was quoted as saying that together they played a jazz piece during the second half which received much appreciation from the audience. But before that, it was Sur Sudha doing the opening act with a 40-minute-long solo instrumental number.

It has almost been five weeks since Sur Sudha is in Europe and they have performed in over 20 concerts in different countries, including Germany, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, in France and London. Surendra informed that most of the audiences they met in Europe were very much concerned about the situation of Nepali music and Nepal as a whole.

Sur Sudha also revealed that they are soon to release their new album called “East West Mix” after their return from their extensive trip in Europe.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Musical fight - Sprite Band Challange


by SANDESH ADHIKARI FROM ISSUE # 151 (July 2008) of Wavemag

Guitars riffs playing at deafening volumes; those in the mosh-pit banging their heads to blazing drum beats; you just got hit on the chin by someone's elbow and with all the head banging, you won't be able to move your neck for a week. But it's all good. Welcome to a rocker's paradise. It is probably the dream of every adolescent teenager to one day live the life of a rock star. Earning a living on what you love to do: making music. But not every teenage dreamer gets his wish of a life of fame, fortune and rock 'n' roll. As AC/DC puts it "It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll".

The Sprite Band Challenge has provided an opportunity to many such aspiring rock stars of Nepal. There is a lot of talent in the country but not many platforms where these talented musicians are able to show the world what they are all about. "For us, Sprite and youth are synonymous" says Sangam K.C, regional marketing manager of Sprite. "We wanted to do something that would appeal to the youth of the country. This competition provides a platform where many young bands get exposure." Because of the encouraging response they have received, the organisers are hoping to make this an annual event in the future.

The contest saw 50 bands vying for the cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000 and a free music video for one of their songs. The judges have chosen the crème de la crème among the 50 competitors and have formed the 'Top Six'. The organisers are also providing the viewers an opportunity to choose their best bands with an 'Under the Cap' scheme where the viewers can vote for their favourite bands. But once it's all said and done, only one band will emerge victorious.

The judges for this competition are some of the most respected musicians in the Nepali rock music scene. Dev Rana, Robin Tamang and Manoj K.C. are the ones that decide who stays and who goes home. "It is not the judges' job to kick out 44 bands", says Manoj K.C. "It is our job to pick the best six and I believe the best six among the 50 have been rightly chosen." The judges say that they are enjoying themselves and are quite satisfied with the contestants. "On tv, it seems as though we aren't having fun and are tired of the bands," says Manoj K.C. "It's just that we are exhausted because sometimes we need to judge about twenty bands a day," he clarifies.

Though the feedback of the show and participation have been positive, the judges had a shared opinion that there were a few good bands that could not participate because they were not informed about the contest and missed the last day of registration. Most of the bands were serious but there were a few bands that had come just to get on tv. "The participation of the bands was encouraging," points out Dev Rana. "In the future, I hope to see more female rockers in what most people nowadays believe to be male dominated rock bands"

"For me, music is music. It doesn't really matter which genre you pick," says Dev Rana, "To make it as a rock band, you need dedication, chemistry among the members, some financing and practice, practice, practice." The beauty of rock and roll is not in the flashy videos, scary make-up or the wardrobe; it is in the raw energy that is brought to life on stage. As Robin Tamang points out "If you have the talent, you will find opportunities. This contest is a great platform but the winning band needs to follow through to make it as a rock and roll band."

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Nepali and Urdu radio shows to launch

Locality: Hong Kong

Two new radio programmes featuring information and entertainment for ethnic minorities will be broadcast on Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 3 AM567 on Sundays.

Saptahik Sandesh (Weekly Message) in Nepali, and Hong Kong Ki Shaam (Hong Kong This Evening) in Urdu, will feature information and entertainment - music, news, current affairs and community services - relevant to these ethnic groups. Cultural and entertainment figures from the communities will be invited for interviews.

The Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Bureau said the programmes will enhance the minorities' sense of belonging in Hong Kong while retaining their cultural identities.Saptahik Sandesh will be broadcast from 7.05pm to 7.30pm, while Hong Kong Ki Shaam will run from 7.30pm to 8pm.The programmes are scheduled to run through July 5, 2009.

For enquiries, call the bureau's Race Relations Unit on 2835 1579.

Prashant's Butwal Concert in VCD


For all the fans of Prashant Tamang, Indian Idol 3 winner , there's a good news for you all.

'Prashant Live in Concert' titled VCD" has been launched in the market which includes the performance given by this Darjeeling guy alongwith another top ten finalist, Charu Semwal and Nepali icons Kranti Ale and Rajesh Payal Rai.

This video CD includes performances of different Nepali and Hindi songs sung by Prashant which has been marketed by Dreams Music.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

From Swimming Pool To Music Studio

Source: Gorkhapatra, Arhan Sthapit

HE’S a paragon of how passion gives one a major turning point in life. Sameer Manandhar had a passion for music that turned this national swimming icon into a popular music arranger, composer and singer.

"From my childhood, I’d passion for music that landed me into the music studio from the swimming pool," he recounts his days of 2000 AD.

In 1999, Sameer brought home the bronze medal of the 8th South Asian Federation (SAF) games. "It’s a closely contested event where I could secure the medal for the country," recalls the tall ex-sportsman. "That was at the culmination of my swimming career after which I chose my career in music."

After working for 5 years at the Alpha Studio teaming with Rabin Darshandhari, Sameer set up his own recording lab ‘Pulse studio’ in 2005. A full-timer in music alternating his time between the arrangement room and recording studio, he spends his days at his studio at local Maru Tole located at a stone’s throw distance from the Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Trained under the supervision of Ram Tilak in classical music for two years, Sameer has so far arranged music for about 200 Nepali and Nepal Bhasha songs. He’s also a noted singer as well as composer of dozens of songs.

Winner of the ‘Best Vocal’ in Nepal Bhasha Pop Song Competition in 1997, and the Talent Award 2002, Sameer has stood the ‘Best Music Arranger’ at the 10th Image Music Awards last week for super-hit Rumal Lukai Lukai, a Sanjay Kishore number from album ‘Key.’

"Sameer was one of the artistes who hugged the limelight at the Image Awards function," comments Anil Sthapit, the leading cover designer and music producer.

So far, Sameer has tried hand at singing, composing, and recording too. But, in Nepali music, it’s in arrangement where he’s evinced potential to notch up a niche for himself. His work clearly stands from a majority of others in town, albeit sticking to the trendy music line. What’s the mystery?

"I carefully go through the lyrics and basic tune of the song before arranging music for it, so that the arrangement is tailored to the nature of the song," explains the modest artiste.

"I never venture to budge from the mainstream music and popular wave, but I always try to give something creative without tampering the original composition," he adds. "I make use not only of software to synthesise music on the keyboards (computer), but also of acoustics of original instruments."

No to ‘samples and remixing’: Conspicuously, he’s shown reservations for use of ‘samples’, and ‘loop
sounds’ forged through indiscriminate use of plangent synthesisers that are the fashion and ‘easy instrument’
for most of the commercial arrangers who have drawn flak from music pundits.

At a time when the market is heavily flooded with remixed music products, Sameer also keeps himself aside from the ‘fad’. "This (fad) is only tampering on the originality of good music works, and infringing the creators’ copyrights," he opines.

He enjoys drum-programming most while arranging music for songs. That apart, he takes satisfaction in experimenting on the use of traditional Newari and Nepali music instruments while arranging songs.

Recipient of national honour of Gorkhadakshinbahu 5th in 2005, he’s to his credit a solo album ‘Nhudanya Bhintuna’ cut last year.

Speciality: The songs in which his arrangement has been instrumental for popularity include Bhuli Deu (classical music-based arrangement in Jabeek’s album), Dhuk-dhuk and Bhandina ma and Kina kina (melody-based arrangements in Dawa Gurung’s album ‘Apply’).

He’s remarkably applied syncopation on the rhythmic pattern of 2/4 beats of Kaharuwa in Ashok Raj A-Su’s Yastari kina, a pop and modern-song (album Sath Deu Nadeu). In arranging music of Rajina Rimal’s Sapana-ma, Sameer made use of accidental chords harmonised with the lead-chord.

Message: The swimmer-turned arranger says, "musical dedication and perseverance is the key to success; modesty, simplicity and respect for others are important."

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Their Voices Will Survive Forever A passionate young man's quest to save the sounds of birds

Published 2008-07-05 03:16 (KST)

For the last three years, Gautam Sapkota has been after birds and only birds. He follows birds in national parks, forests, nearby gardens and the central zoo in Kathmandu and spends his time imitating their sounds -- the way the birds communicate with each other in different situations. And it is hard to believe that within a span of three years, he has been able to mimic 151 different types of birds.

"I know the birds won't be here forever, they are being killed and getting extinct due to loss of habitat and human encroachment," he says. "Although I won't be able to save them, I will preserve their voices."

Although there are many exotic birds, crows are Gautam's best friends. He can communicate with the crows more efficiently. He opines that these birds use only a few basic sounds to communicate things like "come," "go," "run, there's danger," "let's gather, one of us is in danger" and a few others.

It was his long study and experience that allowed him to call a conference of crows during the auspicious festival of Kag Tihar (the first day of the Hindu festival of Deepawali, when people worship the crow, the messenger of Yama, the god of death). Hundreds of crows came, responding to his calls at the Open Theater in Kathmandu.

"They are my friends, and they come to me when I call them," says Gautam. "They know that their friend needs their help and flock to me."

Once hounded by the media, he has been surviving on the presentations that he holds everyday in different schools. So far, he has visited more than 6,500 schools in 45 districts of Nepal, interacting, entertaining and educating the kids about birds, their habitats, their ways of life and their calls.


When asked what inspired him to take up this hobby, he says, "When I was a little kid, I wondered how people imitated animals. … When I grew up, I realized that I could mimic a lot of different sounds, so I started my journey and the beautiful birds became my friends."

He can also imitate other animals. Following and studying the monkeys of Swayambhunath stupa and Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, he has learned their sounds, too. He can initiate a brawl between two or more monkeys. And if you really pester him, he can arrange for all the monkeys to attack you at once in a gang.

You would never get bored with his bird calls. However, to entertain students better he has composed songs in different bird voices. An album of popular Nepali folk songs remixed in the voice of different birds (particularly the heron's voice) is on the offing.

Although born in a lesser-known Gadhi village of Makwanpur district in central Nepal, he is aspiring to record his feat with Guinness World Records. He is in correspondence with its officials and they are positive about recording this extraordinary feat.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Sarishma Amatya - Madhurima 2


After Years of delay, Nepal’s one of the most popular and versatile female Vocalist Sarishma Amatya is going to launch her most awaited and anticipated album "MADHURIMA 2"on 6th of July 2008.[Grand Finale Concert] in 26TH ANA CONVENTION, organized by Association of Nepalis in the Americas and host by Baltimore American Nepalese Association

The Album will be lunch by Nepali music legends, Kumar Basnet, Prem Raja Mahat and the great Comedian Raja Ram Paudel.

It is a labor of adore and has taken few years to come together. Like our heartbeat, the rhythm of music gives the beat and pulse the timing. Life is all about timing. The words on the album say a lot about how Sarishma feels. After taking a long break from the music industry because of her busy schedules with her personal life and her family, she is back and she still has the same musical spirit and says that she is not off yet. She strongly believes that she is all in music because of her deep interest in it, her prayers, wishes of her fans followers and along with love and support of her husband, Famous singer Sanjeev pradhan.

Music was given by the famous musician Jems Pradhan, Deepak Bajracharya, Anil Shahi, Sachin Singh, Dipesh Mulmi and Sanjeev Pradhan and all the songs are heart touching lyrics was written by Dhanendra Bimal, Sanjeep Pradhan, Dipesh Mulmi, Dhurba Ratna Tuladhar, Deepak Bajracharya and Janak Deep. The album was recorded at sound works, Panel, Royal Tone. At the meantime, she is busy in preparing for the ANA grand finale concert with other famous Nepali Singers and musicians.

By, BRAJESH MAHARJAN