After Aditi, its ditties galore from Rashid Ali!!

After his westernised rendition of Kabhi Kabhi Aditi became a runaway hit in 2008, London-based Rashid Ali was the talk of the town for the subsequent few months. Though the song is still on everyone’s lips, the man himself hasn’t been sighted much since, barring a song in Ada. Not for long though, as Rashid will soon be coming out with his debut album which will have him on guitars and vocals. To add to the glory, A R Rahman himself is producing the album under his music label K M Musiq. Though K M Musiq has produced other Rahman albums in the past starting with Sillunu Oru Kaadhal in Tamil, Rashid Ali is the first artiste to be signed on for an independent album by K M Musiq.
Son of Farida Ali, a ghazal singer, Rashid met Rahman at a concert in London and soon after was invited to work on Bombay Dreams with him. He then became a regular guitarist for Rahman in his movies and world tours. Unknown to many people, in 2001 Rashid had recorded a song with Rahman in the Tamil movie Paarthaale Paravasam (video below). The song titled Naadhir Dhinna was a rather unconventional pot pourri containing all sorts of music from folk to jazz to latin. And probably due to its unconventionality it didn’t appeal much to the general audience. Seven years post that came Jaane Tu.. and the rest, forgive the cliché, is history.
Rashid’s album will hopefully be out in 2009. Considering the kind of music he has been exposed to, this album should turn out to be quite a listen. In the meantime, Rashid in the meantime has recorded another song for Rahman in a movie he said is by director Anthony D’Souza, which could only refer to the Akshay Kumar-starrer Blue which is making headlines due to the involvement of Kylie Minogue.

Video of Naadhir Dhinna from Paarthaale Paravasam which was sung by Rashid Ali

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