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Melodious Tunes at Goa International Jazz Live Festival (GIJLF) leaves everyone Grooving

The GIJLF mixes punk, hip hop, R&B and other forms of music with jazz to come up with the tunes that appeal to both the ears and feet

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Panaji, November 27, 2016: The feet couldn’t stop tapping and the body kept grooving as the soul danced to the melodious tunes of the jazz at the Goa International Jazz Live Festival (GIJLF) underway here.

Organised by Teamwork Arts, the event marks the beginning of the 2016 Jazz India Circuit Capital followed by ‘Jazz Yatra’ which will be held in the national capital.

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“The GIJLF is an experimental, up-tempo, funky celebration of new age jazz that aims to push the boundaries of what typically constitutes the sound of the genre,” Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, told IANS.

“The GIJLF mixes punk, hip hop, R&B and other forms of music with jazz to come up with the tunes that appeal to both the ears and feet. While at the heart of the festival is jazz, the body and the soul are spiced up with experimental jams filled with punk, funk and other genres,” Roy added.

The artists at the GIJLF this year include the likes of Hely (Switzerland), DMT Jazz Trio (Delhi), Gael Horellou Identite (Reunion Island), Yuichiro Tokuda’s Ralyzzding (Japan), Tam De Villers Quartet (France), World Service Project (Britain), Malika Tirolien (Canada) and Steve Sequeria Ensemble (Goa).

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With cool breeze blowing from the Santarem Beach, the atmosphere was enthralling and the sounds of saxophone, guitars, drums and melodious voices echoed at the venue capturing the souls of the listeners.

The event began on the right note with Steve Sequeira performing on the stage playing piano along with his band members. Shortly after the audience witnessed the amazing performance by Sequeira, came in Hely, a band from Switzerland who enchanted the listeners with their performance on the piano and drums.

Then the stage was occupied by the DMT Jazz Trio, represented by three men hailing from Delhi, Madrid and Thiruvananthapuram and as they played, the audience grooved to their beats.

Fusion of old school music with contemporary beats was one of the highlights of this year’s event and it was witnessed in the last performance of the first day by Gael Horellou Identite from Reunion Island.

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The group presented the funky combination of saxophone and multiple musical instruments, some traditional of the Island, and the amalgamation of the genres created a beautiful contemporary fusion, compelling the audience to get on their feet.

Artists who will be seen performing on the second day on Sunday are True School All Stars, Yuichiro Tokuda’s Ralyzzdig, Tam De Villiers Quartet, Worldservice Project, and Malika Tirolien. (IANS)

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Grammy Nominee Raja Kumari Talks About Bollywood Music

Grammy-nominated Indian-American songwriter Raja Kumari, also a rapper, desires her music -- that she uses as a bridge between the East and West

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Raja Kumari is a very famous songwriter who writes for American singers. IANS

Grammy-nominated Indian-American songwriter Raja Kumari, also a rapper, desires her music — that she uses as a bridge between the East and West — to reach far and wide. And so, she wants to get involved in Bollywood as it has a “great impact” on the world.

The California-based artiste with roots in Andhra Pradesh has been performing in India, appearing on reality shows and also teaming up with Indian talent for songs.

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What else is she planning to explore in India?

“I want to use my time in India wisely and explore the opportunities and try something new. I want to do more stuff in Hindi films. It (Bollywood) has such a great impact on the entire world. The idea that something I write can reach so many more people, that’s exciting for me as a musician,” Kumari told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

The music scene in India is “completely different” from that in the US.

“In India everything is Bollywood music. It is the most popular genre. The genre that we are making (in the US) is a new thing here… the independent music

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“In America, there isn’t much opportunity for Indian singers in mainstream music. It is something that we are trying to change,” said the artiste, who was a celebrity guest in Amazon Prime Video’s Unscripted Original, “The Remix” where she collaborated with contestants Yash and Kryll to recreate Bollywood number “Ankhiyon se goli marein”.

The “City slums” hitmaker also got to fulfil her dream of visiting Himachal Pradesh, popular for its scenic beauty.

“For the show ‘Lockdown’, (singer-composer) Kailash Kher and I had to remix two songs in our style and shoot the music video. It was completely crazy. I was lucky to have a partner like Kailashji. He made it really easy for me and enjoyable. We shot in Himachal Pradesh. That was a dream of mine to go and spend time there. It was amazing,” said Kumari.

“Lockdown”, a ZEE5 project, is a series where each episode brings together a celebrated Bollywood singer with a YouTube singing sensation. Locked in one location for a day, these musicians collaborate to recreate two songs.

Kailash Kher is one of India’s most famous singers.

The musical reality show will also feature artistes like Raftaar, Shekhar Ravjiani, Gippy Grewal, Shirley Setia, Darshan Rawal, Arjun Kanungo and Jonita Gandhi.

So is this a competition show?

“We are not competing. We are just participating in the opportunity. These are collaborations that normally wouldn’t happen. Every episode is a challenge,” she said.

“The show has been shot all over India rather than just in a Mumbai studio. It’s a cool way to show the beauty of our country,” she added.

Without sharing much about the two songs that she worked on, the fan of Indian classical and fusion music said: “I sang in Sanskrit. It was my first time ever. That was a big challenge for me. So, it was awesome.”

She had previously collaborated with notable artistes like Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea and Fifth Harmony.

Is she writing for more American or global singers?

“I am working on my own album. I will be releasing it this summer. I have a lot of songs which I have been doing mostly for my album,” said Kumari.

But she doesn’t want to give up songwriting.

“As a songwriter, it is amazing to be able to put other people’s emotions (into a song) and to help them. But as a performer, rapper and singer, there is nothing like being on the stage and connecting with people and getting a chance to share music with the world. I couldn’t let one go for the other,” she said. IANS