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Indie music meets traditional folk  in never-before collaborations with big wigs and amateurs on Sound Trek

Get ready for round two of Soundtrek, FOX Life’s popular production that brings together tunes of the past with contemporary beats. Expect an eclectic selection of musicians like Uday Benegal, Euphoria, Hipnoribe and Swarathma. Swirled up Bolly-wood classics like Khoya Khoya Chand and Hawa Hawai promise local favour. Swati Mohan, programming head, NGC Network India and Fox International Channels says of the 18-episode series, “The season is about the inspiration that producers and hosts experience through their trek in the city, that influences the track.”
This season, Hipnotribe from Mumbai, will be doing a version of Saregama. “At first, we were apprehensive because of the Bollywood tag, but when we were satisfied that we had complete creative control, then it actually became even more exciting for us,” shares the guitarist, Paresh Kamath. Meanwhile, members of Nasya, a Sufi rock band from New Delhi, are also expecting change as Ashish Chauhan, drummer and vocalist, affirms, “The show is giving a lot of attention to underground musicians. That is what drew us to this show – the idea of collaborating with local musicians and working on a song which has been iconic,” he enthuses.
Gurdeep Mehndi, son of famed singer Daler Mehndi, will bring in some quirky modern beats to old-school ragas with instruments like the dhol, tasha, nagada and sarangi and insists that, “For me and for the audience, it is very important to understand the basics and from which part of the world does that music originate,” Gurdeep adds.
Speaking of being a ‘local’ band, Fossils, a Bangala rock band from Kolkata says, “We make music in a vernacular language so we understand how reaching out to a broader audience can be difficult for local artistes. This will change that,” says guitarist and vocalist Allan Ao.
Mondays and Tuesdays, starting September 1, at 10 pm on FOX Life.
— Aakanksha Devi

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