Shweta Subram and Shankar Tucker Release ‘Mere Saajan Sun Sun’

Never trying to shrink her voice or fit into some Urban Desi female pop star role, Shweta Subram is one of the most unique and talented female acts right now. Her strong vocals, sweet demeanor, and passion for music all make her the artist she is today. It is this talent and persona that impressed musician, composer Shankar Tucker resulting in the new collaborative track “Mere Saajan Sun Sun.”

When I asked Shweta how her and Shankar connected, she told me, “Back in September 2011, I received a pleasant email from Shankar himself. He came across my renditions of ‘Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliya,’ which was the winning entry in Shankar Mahadevan Academy’s Global Contest. He really liked my voice and expressed interest in collaborating with me. How could I say no?”

Calling “Mere Saajan Sun Sun” a “Meethi si dhun – a sweet melodious song that will resonate with the listeners for a long time to come,” Shweta took the words out of my mouth as wanted to call this song #timeless.

Shankar, based in Boston, is a musical powerhouse who brings Hindustani classic music to a more approachable level without sacrificing the quality. In short, this guy leaves me speechless cause he represents Desi in a way many can’t. Describing Shankar, Shweta says, “Humility is the best word to describe Shankar. Despite all his achievements, he is extremely grounded.”

I sound like a broken record, but Shankar and Shweta, as separate entities, are beyond talented, this collaboration seems so natural and effortless.

Of course before I let Shweta go, I had to know what’s next! “As always, I want to keep it a surprise. There are a lot more exciting ventures – I promise!” she tells me.

Appreciate “Mere Saajan Sun Sun” and support real artists.

Shweta Subram Covers ‘Mere Haath Mein’

Shweta Subram, Toronto native, is an amazing vocalist who continues to serenade fans. For her latest cover, Shweta sings “Mere Haath Mein” from the Bollywood film Fanaa starring Aamir Khan and Kajol. Enjoy!

J Raj Remixes Shweta Subram’s ‘Ajooba’

Shweta Subram’s single “Ajooba” is one of my favorite songs at the moment. J Raj has given the song a unique twist with his remix making dance floor friendly.

The original track has been produced by Parichay and features Richilous.

Artists Who Made an Impact in 2011

While we countdown the best songs and coolest videos, I want to shoutout the artists who have come out this year to make a positive impact on the music scene and I do so in no particular order before you ask.

Mumzy Stranger:
Rishi Rich Productions split from Tiffin Beats Records bringing a divide among a camp. While H-Dhami and Veronica remain affiliated with Rishi, Mumzy works with Junai Kaden, Tasha Tah, Ramee, and Char Avell. Tiffin Beats has put out a handful of singles and Junai Kaden dropped his album From Me to You. With all their music, the Tiffin Beats camp went on a Freshers Tour. Big up to Mumzy for keeping the music coming and giving a platform to new artists to turn into stars.

Vishal and Shekhar:
These Bollywood music producers were given the opportunity to work with so many great artists this year and they acted on a few opportunities. The biggest collaboration would be Akon and the hits “Chammak Challo” and “Criminal.” Vishal also worked with Imogen Heap and debuted the song on episode one of travel, music documentary The Dewarists. West Coast rapper, Haji Springer, made an impression on the duo and landed a feature on the song “Shake It Saiyyan” for Rascals. Vishal and Shekhar are welcoming Western acts, Desi and non, to their studios and the music fusion has been incredible!

DJ Rekha:
DJ Rekha started her Basement Bhangra party 14 years ago and provides a space and stage for artists to share their music with the Big Apple and essentially the world. With a number of trips to the White House to DJ events as well as attend other, DJ Rekha has been on mainstream radar for quite some time. This year Rekha split her time between teaching at New York University and spinning around the world. The icing on the cake was the launch of Rekha’a record label Beat Bazaar Music which showcases Rekha’s production talent and takes her out of the Bhangra persona.

D-Sarb and Shweta Subram:
D-Sarb and Shweta Subram have brought their training and passion to the Urban market and they have raised the bar for music quality. D-Sarb is a U..K. based act who works with producer D-Boy. His single “Dil Tera Jitena” won me over and the hits kept coming. Shweta calls Toronto home and has been working with Parichay as her producer. Shweta has established a name on her vocals and charm and never used sex appeal or the club scene as her means of success.

Dhanush and “Why This Kolaveri Di”
Tanglish is the new big thing as “Why This Kolaveri Di” has been dubbed the biggest song of 2011 by mainstream and Desi media. I think we all know the frenzy so moving on….



Desi girl doing it mainstream with swag and edge- Anjulie. I love Anjulie’s music and her new records have been amazing. “Brand New Bitch” and “Stand Behind the Music” were Anjulie’s last two singles and we need to respect that there’s a Desi gal breaking down doors.

Raxstar/ S Sid Ahmed:
An urban act, a Bollywood sample, and over a million views. Raxstar teamed up with Kee to create his Valentine’s Day release “Jaaneman.” The lyrics production and execution made this song a contender and then it was S Sid behind the lens who created the perfect music video. Raxstar and Sid have worked creatively together for a while now and they always bring perfection. Sid also wrapped season one of his video blog. Vlogging everyday of the year is no easy task and this Sid’s drive and passion that keep him going and the world paying attention.

Humble the Poet:
Canadian rapper, Humble the Poet, took his music around the world and is now capturing the attention of media. With large media platforms clued in, Humble brings awareness to the Underground Hip-Hop scene among Desis and sets the pace for 2012.

No one releases albums anymore and if they do, they tend to be less of an investment and more of a disappointment. Parichay threw all the rules out and created an album with 14 tracks (including remixes) and put it out as a free download for anyone and everyone! Clearly I am still trying to wrap my head around the big surprise, but I’m not complaining.

Bring on 2012, Happy New Year everyone!

Shweta Subram Unveils ‘Ajooba’ Video

Shweta Subram has released the video for her sophomore single “Ajooba.” The song features Parichay’s production as well a Richilous. Adding to the mix, actor Vatsal Sheth plays the video’s lead male role.

The video is well done, high quality, and suits Shweta’s personality. From the clothes to the soft intimate moments, I think this video achieves all that it was supposed to.

A love story is woven in with artist close-ups which requires a balance that Shweta achieved. I think the hype around Vatsal was anti-climactic, but overall, I’m fan.

Now I can’t wait to see Shweta sing this live.

Shweta Subram Gears Up For ‘Ajooba’ Release

Shweta Subram, a Canada native, has an amazing voice which has caught the attention of people around the globe. Keeping us all in tune with her passion for music, Shweta will be releasing the video for her new single “Ajooba” on December 22; in the meantime, we are getting a glimpse of the release with a video teaser.

The song sounds incredible and it features Richilous and has been produced by Parichay. Parichay is also the man behind Shweta’s debut single “Jee Le.”

The video teaser gives us a look at actor Vatshal Shah who plays the leading male role. We also see a number of looks Shweta will be rocking. From a satin pink dress accompanied by Richilous to a soft red number on the beach, Shweta unveils a fashionista side to her artistry.

The video concept has yet to be entirely revealed, but I have high hopes!

Interview: Salim and Sulaiman Discuss ‘Azaan’s’ Music

Salim and Sulaiman Merchant are a music direction and production duo with immeasurable talent. With countless Bollywood hits and now mainstream attention, is there anything these men don’t do? With all the excitement and travelling I managed to catch Salim and Sulaiman to discuss their music for Azaan and even a North American Tour! Check out my exclusive interview.

Salim and Sulaiman

Zaynah: Azaan is an international release that tells a story of global threats of terrorism which are provoked by religious misconceptions. What are some of the emotions you wanted portray in the music you have created?
Salim/Sulaiman: We kept our music very pure, and had a prayer-like quality in each song. Even the love songs have that element of devotion in them. We kept the songs slow and beautiful to bring out the emotions of the characters they represented.

You will find a great blend of emotions in our music, and with tracks such as “Bismillah” you find the Sufi overtones. The beautiful thoughts of love, peace and harmony is heard in “Khuda Ke Liye.”

Zaynah: Did you face any particular challenges creating this soundtrack?
Salim/Sulaiman: To break the fast paced action sequences and spots we had to create songs that were interesting and not so relaxed; we maintained the level of the energy and did not ruin it. We take on each project individually; we have built up a great understanding with the Director Prashant Chada who happens to be a dear friend, we understood what he wanted to present. We are quite happy and based on the response so far we think fans are going to love the music.

Zaynah: Is there a standout track on the soundtrack for each of you?
Salim: Aafreen and Bismillah it’s hard to choose
Sulaiman: Aafreen and Habibi Habibi

Zaynah: Shweta Subram is an up and coming artist in Canada and

Shweta Subram

you have had the opportunity to work with her. How was that? Tell us about the collaboration.
Salim/Sulaiman: We wanted to do something special and unique for the IIFA’s in Toronto. We thought let’s perform our music with some Canadian talent. Canada and the U.S. have such a large South Asian Community and this would be a great opportunity for us to involve them directly with Bollywood and show the rest of the world Canada is not only a great IIFA hosting country but Canada is a country which allows Our culture to flourish even if it is oceans apart from India.

Our friend Moh set up some tryouts for local Canadian singers and performers that would be able to sing our Hindi tracks, and he really recommended Shweta.

Shweta was so humble and really picked up the track well and took direction from us. She has a great attitude and of course her skills are also good. She was a great fit and performed so well. We love to give opportunities to new talent. But she really took this chance and did a great job and we were so excited and happy for her also.

We also worked with a local guitarist and a bassist as well, who were performing with our band live. Johnny Morello and Gian-franco as well as Mr. Shahid Alikhan accompanied us on the song “Bismillah.”

It was a wonderful experience and we were happy to share that with the world and especially at IIFA.

Zaynah: Got to ask…what’s next?
Salim/Sulaiman: Well you know we also just released the our soundtrack for Aazaan, Love Breakups Zindagi, and Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl which has kept us quite busy and we just recently got signed to complete 4 more films which you will be hearing of in the near future as well as a North American Tour in March 2012. Make sure you come and share the experience

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