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Working with Rahman in ‘Muhammad’ a learning experience: Natalie

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Hong Kong: Canadian multi-lingual singer Natalie Di Luccio who sung an Arabic track in the film “Muhammad: The Messenger Of God”, said that working with Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman was a learning experience.

Muhammad_-_The_Messenger_of_God_poster“I sang for his new film called ‘Muhammad’. The film has gone to film festival and hasn’t released in India yet. It’s a big budget Iranian film and I had Arabic songs, so he helped me a lot.”

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience moment for me. When I met him for the first time, I was shaking,” Natalie, who earlier worked with Rahman in S. Shankar’s film “I”, told IANS.

“He helped me in pronunciation too,” added Natalie, whose career got a kick-start when she began releasing music videos on YouTube. These were videos of Natalia singing Bollywood film songs.

She credits the online platform for lending visibility to her vocal talent.

“Nowadays you can control your career. Social media has helped in boosting the life of many singers. I feel really honoured that I made my own career, but it wasn’t planned.

“When I first put my video on Youtube, there was not even one Bollywood cover, but now for every song there are a million renditions.

“Fortunately, YouTube gave me the platform to sell my albums like the way I wanted to,” said Natalie, who also lent her voice to songs in films like “Band Baaja Baraat”, “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl”, “English Vinglish” and “Chennai Express”.

Asked how she manages to sing in different languages without even knowing those languages, she said: “I always had to work extra hard for pronunciation, but I want to serve more people with my music and that’s what I am doing.”

Natalie was in Hong Kong – Asia’s World City for the shooting of FOX Life’s show “Life Mein Ek Baar”, an adventure and travel-based show.

Back after three successful seasons, the show will feature three other celebrities apart from Natalie, on an adventure trip across Hong Kong. There are also popular names like Karan Kundra, Sana Saeed and Himarsha Venkatsamy.

From playing a game of rugby with the locals, to taking a Tai Chi class, to Dragon Boat racing and more, the show will bring forth an exhilarating journey of the celebrities’ stay in the country.

The show will premiere on October 20.

(Nivedita, IANS)

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Music Composer A.R. Rahman Feels That Indie and English Music Need To Be Nurtured

NEXA Music will kick off with the launch of four original tracks sung by acclaimed celebrity artists Rahman, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D'souza and Uday Benegal

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Veteran music composer A.R. Rahman has said that Indie and English music have always been like an underdog in India but it needs to be helped and nurtured in coming years.

Rahman was interacting with the media at a press conference of Nexa Music launch along with artists Uday Benegal, Clinton Cerejo, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’souza and R S Kalsi, senior executive director-marketing and sales Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday in Mumbai.

The initiative by NEXA is curated to provide aspiring Indian musicians a platform to compose original lyrics. NEXA Music invites entries from budding musicians across the country to participate in it.

The participants will be mentored by famous music composers and global music icon A R Rahman, supported by singer Clinton Cerejo.

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When asked if he feels that English and Indie music in India is going to capture the market, he said, “It needs to be helped and it needs to be nurtured. I think nothing is wrong with film music. It’s beautiful but it has been commissioned like, there you have to write for a situation and those are limited but I think here whole universe is your imagination.”

“Sometimes Indie music actually inspires movies and I want that to happen. I want a song from Indie music to go in film music. It is not a compulsion but I feel people’s mind should never be closed.”

When asked what benefit singers and musicians are going to get through Nexa Music, he said, “They are mainly going to get exposure from this venture. We are not telling many things because we don’t want to promise too much and not deliver. This is just the first step and second step is something on which we are working on.”

NEXA Music will kick off with the launch of four original tracks sung by acclaimed celebrity artists Rahman, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’souza and Uday Benegal. (IANS)