Bappi Lahiri & Salma Agha – Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki

Bappi Lahiri & Salma Agha – Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki

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SPECIAL OFFER! Ouh, groove it, baby! Bappi Lahiri is a very busy composer, conductor and music director for the so called “Bollywood” scene, the Indian factory of dreams from where the one or another movie even reached our European shores and generated a cult following. “Kasam paida karnewale ki” is a 1984 movie I have never heard about before but the soundtrack comes as colorful and interesting as Indian 80s pop-disco-funk can be. Even Bappi Lahiri finally surrendered to electronic music but still puts it into a rather traditional 70s soul / funk context with some Indian flavors added. A melody here, native tongue lyrics sung in a way that mixed up pop and Indian folk music, a sound effect like typical Indian string sections there and the result is a beautiful ethno pop album with an utterly haunting groove which originates from the funk, soul and disco elements a dancefloor queen like Donna Summer would kill for. There are always enough regular instruments such as guitars, sitars, trumpets and bass guitar to keep a fan of handmade music interested. The vocal melodies have a lascivious expression at times just as it was typical for the late 70s black disco music which gets fused with classical Indian harmonies to create a captivating atmosphere. Bappi Lahiri knows fairly well how to work out his tunes to make them everlasting hits. This record is certainly all about dancing and will turn even the most lame living room sit in into a steaming hot sexadelic dance party if you throw this onto your turntable and crank it up. The music is vivid and emanates an enormous vitality that will drag you from your chair and makes you float across the floor like a dervish. Lush arrangements of strings, brass, guitar, synthesizers and vocals capture your soul and enwrap your spirit. If you could imagine Patrick Hernandez (“Born to be alive”) would go Indian and still appreciate it, this would be yours for sure. It is exotic to my ears but the catchiness of the melodies and song structures and the furious but still professional execution though makes it an utter joy to listen and move to even for an old rock aficionado like me. Wild and wonderful.