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    New genres and old-school Bollywood music in season 3 of SoundTrek

    The 70s’ was harsh on music enthusiasts. Not only did we lose mavericks such as Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin, it also marked the end of The Beatles! But, every cloud has a silver lining. Though psychedelic rock and heavy metal slowly gained traction via Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, disco became the undisputed sound of the 70s (think The Jacksons, Abba and Giorgio Moroder). Closer home, it marked the pinnacle of Bollywood’s golden era. Now, FOX Life, is trying to rekindle the melodious embers of ‘70s Bollywood music’, on season three of their popular show, SoundTrek, which premiered on Thursday.
    With 17 all-new episodes, they’ve showcased 28 of India’s top contemporary music artistes — including bass music guru, B.R.E.E.D; India’s first all-vocal ensemble, Voctronica, and Uday Benegal, the frontman for one of India’s pioneering rock bands, Indus Creed — to ensure that contemporary grooves of the future merge with evergreen tunes from the past. “I’ve worked on the famous SD Burman/Anand Bakshi song Roop Tera Mastana. My intention is to take it to the dance floor while keeping its essential sexiness. Therefore, I’ve mashed it with genres including reggaeton, dancehall and rock ‘n’ roll,” explains Benegal, who’s collaborated on the track with percussion maestro, Taufiq Qureshi. Bollywood music fans can also expect 70s classics like O mere dil ke chain, Bahon mein chaley aao and Duniya mein logon ko, to be reinterpreted with hip-hop, electronica and dubstep.

    Thursday-Friday, 8 pm on FOX Life
    —Anoop Menon

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