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Songs you must listen to this week

‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoy’

Bhale Bhale Magadivoy (Telugu)

Music: Gopi Sundar

The phrase ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoy’ goes all the way to 1978 when K. Balachander got M. S. Viswanathan to compose a song around it, for Maro Charitra. Mickey J. Meyer used it in the 2010 remake of the film, and now a Malayali composer, Gopi Sundar, gets to use it in his second Telugu film. Gopi ups the ante for the phrase's use with a super bouncy tune, going one up on Mickey J. Meyer's African-style remake of the original. Karthik and Mohana Bhogaraju are in lively form singing this one.

‘Jeene Laga’

Jaathre (Kannada)

Music: Manikanth Kadri

Manikanth Kadri, Kadri ‘Sax’ Gopalnath’s son has been making steady strides with highly listenable music in Kannada and he does pretty well in Jaathre too, with ‘Jeene Laga’, a Hindi-Kannada mix. The tune is easy-on-the-ears, with Bollywood ish Hindi phrases and a whiff of Latino strewn around. This is the kind of song that singer Karthik can sing incredibly well... in his sleep, and he lifts the song to new heights with his vocals.

‘Afghan Jalebi’

Phantom (Hindi)

Music: Pritam

To be fair, ‘Afghan Jalebi’s tune is common-place Central Asian, but Pritam makes it his own with a superbly captivating sound. Getting Akhtar Channal to croon it (in the film version of the song) is a masterstroke since he sounds completely authentic with the exotic tune, much like Sholay’s ‘Mehbooba’ and Hassan Jahangir’s ‘Hawa Hawa’, that created ripples in India back in the 1970s and 1980s, respectively (though both were plagiarised tunes, unlike ‘Afghan Jalebi’). Pritam builds up the orchestration to reach a punchy crescendo, complete with a captivating ‘Ya Baba’ chorus.


Coke Studio Pakistan

Nabeel Shaukat Ali

The latest season (season 8) of Coke Studio Pakistan starts with a bang, thanks to four fantastic songs. The top of the heap is ‘Bewajaah’, a soulful pop-ghazal sung by Nabeel Shaukat Ali. The tune is incredibly engaging, like a classic ghazal, and the lyrics by Babar Shakeel Hashmi, again, like a classic ghazal, are aptly moving. So you have couplets like, ‘ Naam lene ka iraadaa bhi na tha... chal pada zikr tera be-wajah' to go so well with the tune. The clear hero of the song is of course Nabeel Shaukat Ali, who completely rules the ghazal with his phenomenal singing.

‘Khoya Khoya’

Hero (Hindi)

Music: Sachin-Jigar

‘Khoya Khoya’ is one of the two songs composed by the duo Sachin-Jigar for the 2015 reboot of Subhash Ghai's Hero, by Nikhil Advani. The song has a frothy pahadi feel akin to ‘Piya Basanti Re’, that iconic album by Sandesh Shandilya, but again the tune is very Pritamish in its repetitive use of the ‘Khoya khoya’ phrase. Mohit Chauhan is usually a fantastic choice for songs like this and he breezes through it in his inimitable style, aided wonderfully by Priya Panchal’s ethereal humming.

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