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News |  05 Oct 2015 20:13 |  By RnMTeam

Bally Sagoo's 'Cafe Punjab' is a tribute to Punjab

MUMBAI: British-Indian music producer Bally Sagoo, who created unforgettable albums like æWham BamÆ, æEssential RaggaÆ, æStar CrazyÆ, æBollywood FlashbackÆ and æFuture ShockÆ amongst others, recently, launched a new album titled æCafe PunjabÆ under Delhi-based label Duck-U Records.

æCafe PunjabÆ is an eight-track album, and is a mix of Punjabi sufi and pop. Sagoo claimed that it is a tribute to legends like Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Amar Singh Chamkila, Amarjot Kaur and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The track on the album includes æChhalleyaÆ, æAkhiyan Ch Tu WasdaÆ, æYaadan TeriyanÆ, æKenu Kenu DasaÆ, æTumhe Dillagi Bhool JaaniÆ, æTutte Dil Da Ilaaj NahinÆ, æBirds of PreyÆ and æKi Jor Gariban DaÆ.

Talking about his latest release Sagoo said, ôæCafe PunjabÆ is my tribute to Punjab. The album consists of a few old, classic Punjabi songs. These have been re-sung by new singers as I wanted to bring something new to the audiences. It is a deep, powerful sounding album. The title track æChhalleyaÆ has been sung by a Bengali singerû Sayantani Das, and it sounded really nice.ö

The first video from the album, for æChhalleyaÆ was shot in Pondicherry, and has been directed by popular video director R. Swami. It features Kingfisher model Shibani Suvarna.

It took Sagoo a good two years to put the entire album together, and he believes it is all worth it as he wanted to get the feel of the video right. ôThe album is a journey to Punjab for me. And while I have been famous for remixes and making covers in India, this album is all about exploring a new side. æCafe PunjabÆ is not a Bhangra or a Bollywood style album; it is more sufi and melodic. This is why it took me two years; I had the liberty to work on one track for two months. After all, it is my company and production. I would fly down to India if I needed a flute or percussion,ö stated the musician.

The producer has roped in a lot of fresh voices for the album as he believes in giving them an opportunity. ôI am interested in working with different singers because of my travelling around the world. As you travel, you meet a lot of new vocalists and musicians. You also feel the need to collaborate with them. India has many good voices and they need a chance. So, yes I auditioned different singers and that is how I got the end result,ö he confessed.

Sagoo is currently working on his second video from the album, which in most probability, will be shot in India.