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    Maria Roe Vincent uses her favourite actor’s movies to get ‘vera-level’ lyrics

    If you’re a Dhanush fan, definitely check out this song. Maria Roe Vincent’s latest second single, Konjam Vera Mari weaves into its lyrics all of our favourite movie titles from Anegan, and Uttama Puthiran to Maryan, Polladhavan to Velaiyilla Pattathari. And guess what, we haven’t even hit the chorus yet.
    Just when you thought this was a tribute song though, you catch the #NotADhanushSong on the side. The singer, who recently lent her voice for Bogan, clarifies with a laugh, “I’m a big fan of Dhanush, and I was thinking of how best to incorporate some element of him in this song, but not overpoweringly.” She adds, “So I thought of using his movie titles, song titles, catch phrases, etc, in the lyrics and seeing what it sounded like.”

    The experiment, with lyrics by Josh Vivian seems to have worked, with an addictive party vibe to up the fun. Musically, the tune is in stark contrast to her usual sound—you’ve likely heard her a capella group El Fé sing on the background score of Singham 3 or Maria’s African vocals on Jayam Ravi’s upcoming Vanamagan. Landing up at the studio to have Harris Jeyaraj ask her to sing in Swahili with a prep time of 15 minutes was a bit of a surprise, she admits.Fortunately Maria has been influenced by the African/American music since she was a child. “Lately, because my sister Maryann is an Afro-Beat dancer, we’ve gotten used to the African culture, language and tone,” the 27-year-old tells us.

    Of late, the artiste says she’s also been keeping herself busy by extending her love for make-up to her brand new company GoGurlBeauty, which caters to fashion shoots and weddings. Of course, she might give you a discount if Dhanush is on the guest list.
    Listen to Konjam Vera Maari on iTunes, Wynk, Saavn and Google Music.

    —Sonali Shenoy

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