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Aiysha... Times Music... Rs. 65Aiysha no doubt has a good voice but lacks that touch which separates one from the crowd. This is the Sydney-based NRI's debut album and she has quite intelligently dished out a mishmash of everything in it simply because something would surely click. The number Mundaya, with wordings both in English and Punjabi, has the party punch in it. Her Tauba Meri Tauba is a modern-day bhangra number and sure to fire up a Punjabi jamming session. Aiysha has picked a few popular Hindi film scores too to present as remix numbers. Though Yeh Mera Dil from Don is tolerable, the striking Asha Bhonsle number Duniyan Mein from Apna Desh has lost its identity completely in the name of repackaging. Buy it if you are keen on Punjabi music, and quite pacy at that. Reincarnation... Music Today... Rs. 75This album, subtitled `An Electronic Odyssey' is the debut of the Bangash brothers, Amaan and Ayaan, as composers of `new age' music. Using Hindustani ragas as the base, the two young sons and disciples of the well-known sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, have taken various elements of classical music, like aakar, swara singing and taans, and blended them with electronic sounds, presumably from the synthesiser and rhythm pad, though it is not made clear on the cover. Programming is by Sawan Dutta. Virtuoso sarod playing by the brothers is a highlight of the album, as is their singing in rich voices. With tracks like Birth of a Soul based on the sweet and lilting raga Bihag, and Karmic Solution based on the raga Kiravani, besides the somewhat more sombre title track based on Puriya Dhanashri, the collection is sure to be a hit among those who like classical music as well as those who like their classics pepped up with non-traditional sounds.




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