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Rimmi Nique releases new single - “On A High Zindagi”

Rimi Nique and Sanet Sane - On a high zindagi
Indian musicians have ventured into the World music arena and are coming up with tracks that appeal to a larger audience today. Indian music industry is not limited to Bollywood numbers anymore, as various genres of music are being experimented with. One such fun track that has hit the internet is See Saw Entertainment’s ‘On A High Zindagi’ which is setting new trends. Sung by the reality show, Raw star finalist Rimmi Nique and Sanket Sane, the song is an EDM track that brings freshness and energy to the listeners.

Interestingly, the song has been directed by actor turned director Aslam Khan whose first directorial song ‘Aawariyan’ was well received by the audience. This track features newcomers Dristi Grewal, Monica Singh, Shruti Gaokar and Neha Sharma. ‘On a High Zindagi’ is available across all digital and streaming platforms, exclusively on Times Music

Edited by- Debjani Hazarika

Tawang Festival 2016 - celebrating serenity in the world of mystics and enchanting beauties

Tawang Festival 2016

What? Tawang Festival 2016
When? October 21-23, 2016
Where? Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang Festival was introduced in 2012 as a tourism festival by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival promotes the rich cultural heritage as well as potential of adventure tourism in the state.

The main features of the fest are -

* Buddhist Religious Functions.
* Traditional Monastic Dances.
* Indigenous Games and Sports.
* Exhibition of Hand loom and Handicrafts.
* Film and Documentaries.
* Traditional Fashion Parade.
* Food Festival and Flower Show.
* Photography & Painting Exhibition.
* Interactive Workshops.
* Cultural Evening and Live Shows.
* Adventure sports (paragliding, boating, trekking and hiking, biking etc.)

More info on Facebook

Saregama launches Lata Mangeshkar Music Cards

Bharat Ratna and Dadasaheb Phalke award recipient, Lata Mangeshkar, who ruled the golden period of Indian music for almost seven decades, celebrated her 87th birthday on 28th September. Famously known as the ‘Voice of India’, she has recorded more than thousand Hindi film songs and has sung in over 36 regional and foreign languages. On this occasion, Saregama has released 200 best songs of the legendary Lata Mangeshkar in their carefully curated offering – the Music Cards.

Saregama Music Cards come with 200 HD songs pre-loaded on a 4GB USB memory card, making it convenient to use on laptops, computers, car music systems and any other USB port. Listen to classics such as ‘‘Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi’ from Chori Chori, ‘Barsaat Mein Humse Mile’ from Barsaat, ‘Dil Deewana’ from Maine Pyar Kiya, ‘Woh Bhooli Dastan’ from Sanjog and hundreds of evergreen songs sung by
Lata Mangeshkar.

Music Cards are readymade playlists for easy listening and a perfect gift for your parents.

Available on, Amazon and Snapdeal for INR 600.

Apart from the Music Cards, one can also download Lata ji’s exclusive songs from 1940s on for just Rs. 2/-

Edited by- Debjani Hazarika

10 female bands from North-East India you don't want to miss

— compiled by Debjani Hazarika
North-east part of India has always been known for its nature, beauty and music. In the last decade, the region has seen tremendous growth in the indie music scene. While most of the festivals and events are dominated by male bands, females of the region aren't waiting for a better time. Although female music groups are not new among northeasterners, the region has seen rapid growth of all female bands who are well equipped to play from folk to jazz, rock 'n' roll to metal. Below are ten such female bands who have been defying the stereotypical thought process and building faith in women empowerment with their music and team spirit.

1. Tetseo Sisters (Nagaland)

Tetseo Sisters from Nagaland
The Tetseo Sisters are the true cultural ambassadors of the North East performing the traditional folk music of Nagaland vocally as a band in many popular live shows across the country and abroad. The amazing four sisters known by the names, Mercy, Alune, Kuvelu and Azi have spent their young lives promoting the nearly forgotten music of the Chakhesang tribe that they have inherited. They have been featured in numerous cultural events and are regulars at Music Festivals around the country including Hornbill Music Festival, Storm Festival, North East Festival, Kalakshetra Foundation, Cultures of Peace series, Folk Nations and more recently at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014. The dialect in which they sing is known as the Chokriand the regional song that they sing is known as ‘Li’, from the traditional songbook better known as ‘Li Kukre Kutiko’ in which there are approx of 223 songs enlisted in it. Their pure dedication towards their work has helped them to add a lot of awards in their kitty. Traditional folk instruments like tati (an one-stringed instrument) and heka libuh (horn of mithun) are played along the songs to maintain the essence of the folk music.

2. Afflatus (Meghalaya)

Afflatus from Meghalaya
Affalatus, the four young ladies band, began their blues influenced rock act in 2004. Affalatus are made up of experienced musicians in their own right with Mercy, Karen, Sharon and Grace. There is an enigmatic spirit within their rock and reggae mix music that’s highlighted by a more than strange female bravado. According to the band members, their journey was “inspirational” that never lost sight of the one thread, one passion, one love that binds them together; the love of creating music. Afflatus is said to be the emergence of a truly international sound, having the record label with India. Although the band is influenced simply by life itself, but the band can't deny the fact that they are also influenced by the sounds of the Beatles, RHCP, Flux Pavillion and Bruno Mars. Their debut performance as Afflatus in 2004 won them an award and that too at the national level. Since then, Afflatus, have come a long way with a debut album in the making, numerous high profile concerts under their belt and the emergence of a truly international sound.

3. The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh)

The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) | photo: Facebook
Formed in February 2010, The Vinyl Records is a four piece All-girl Rock band. Considered as one of the most happening bands in the Indian rock music circuit, the band got featured on MTV F1 Rocks 2011, and since then they have regularly appeared in many countless top journals including Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Tehelka. They have performed in well known festivals and events like the Ziro Festival of Music, Puma Loves Vinyl, The LOUDEST Gig in Delhi, etc. The band members are Banu Jini, Minam Tekseng, Mithy Tatak and Cheyyrian Bark.

4. Apples (Mizoram)

Apples (Mizoram)
Apples is a three piece Rock 'N' Roll all girl band from Aizawl. The three girls began their music journey in october, 2007. The Apples is fronted by Zodingliani with her retro rock style and smirking off high energy guitar wizardy. The band includes of Jojo(Vocalist), ZoZoi(Drummer), Afaki (Bassist) and DingDingi(Guitarist). They have also covered the Mizo version of the 50’s hit “Stupid Cupid” which helped them increase their popularity and fan base. The band's main principle is to produce commercial and semi-commercial music taste of their community.

5. Minute of Decay (Manipur)

Minutes of Decay (Manipur)
They are sisters and then they became band members when they chose to start a revolution called 'Minute of Decay', also known as MoD. The sisters Worshon, Singchon and Thotyaphy Muivah from Manipur, formed the New Delhi based group in the late October 2011. The band mainly plays classic rock punctuated by a stylized pinch of contemporary vocals and alternative riffs – an obsession with sweet medleys.

Minute of Decay's preparatory is laced with a fine example of foresight and discipline from their parents. Their own love affair with music, they ensured, would survive into the next generation through their children, even if it means an all-girls situation.

6. The Chosen (Mizoram)

The Chosen (Mizoram)
A bunch of six talented girls from Aizawl got together by their same love for music in 2009. The band had risen up to the Mizo music scene with their first single “Broken Wings”, later followed by “Kan fak a che (We praise you)”. The lead vocalist Fiona Lalmalsawmi Pachuau won Special Award at MoonLight Awards 2011. The girls mainly sing in their native dialect – Mizo.

Essentially a Pop, Pop-rock, Indie band, the band, started jamming out in the first half of 2009 and got together as a Gospel band (All-Girl band) by the end of that year. The band comprises of members Moitei (Vocals), Fiona (Vocals), Seni (Guitars), Xoey (Bass), Malsomi (keyboards), Afeli (Drums) and Parema (songwriter/manager). They are the first all girl Gospel band from the state of Mizoram. Now ain't that something?!

7. Genesis of Pink (Sikkim)

Genesis of Pink (Sikkim)
Formed in April 2013, Genesis of Pink is a Gangtok based four member punk-rock band comprises of Mahima Apchunna Rai (Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist), Dechen Gyurmi Zangmu (Lead Guitarist), Annies Pamo Lucksom (Bassist) and Shrishti Rai (Keyboardist).

The band released two music videos “Who are you” and “Ka Bata” in 2016. Their songs are often based on society and individuals and they also do not stray away from writing songs on delicate issues such as rape and violence and spread it through the universal language of music.

8. Blue Corn (Mizoram)

Blue Corn (Mizoram)
Blue Corn is a pop trio and one of the most popular girl groups of Mizoram. The group consists of Felicia Singson, Kim Kimi and Tlingi. In 2006, they released their music video “Lung Lawm A kim” from their debut album – Lunglawn Akim. The album enjoyed a lime-light success in Mizoram, Manipur and other parts of Northeast states. They popularity hits not only in Mizoram but neighbouring states of Manipur and Nagaland as well.

9. Hurricane Girls (Assam)

Hurricane Girls (Assam)
In 2011, Assam’s first all-girl band was formed in a small village of Nahira, about 30 km off Guwahati. The lead vocalist, composer and director Mamani Kalita along with her drummer friend Arju Begum took the initiative. Apart from headlining various festivals in their home state, this fusion-folk rock band has played an array of gigs hitting Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Ahmedabad.

The band’s musical journey began in 2011 performing at a cultural function organised by a coaching institute at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati. The band uses some traditional Assamese musical instruments like dhol, nagara, dotara with keyboard, guitar, drums and modern percussion instruments to create a musical illusion. Band members as on 2016 - Mamani, Mumpy, Maina kaberi, Jenny, Luku and Pragya

10. Vivance - Naga Girls (Nagaland)

Vivance - Naga Girls (Nagaland)
This four piece pop band from Dimapur is an offspring of collective efforts punched by Mhonyamo Kikon and Meyi to introduce a catchy flavor of girl power into the Nagaland music scene. 'Vivance' consists of Livika Swu (Vocals), Nukshinaro Imchen (Guitars), Vekutalu Swuro (Piano) and Onen (bass guitar).

Formed on November 25, 2013, the band’s style of playing is considered to have a blend of pop rock, and Indie, so they call themselves an experimental Pop/Indie rock band, the joy and to uplift and empower women in the state. In 2014, the band has released their Debut EP Dream Out Loud. Although the band is still quite young, their foot-tapping music has helped them gather quite the fanbase.

Edited by - Jim Ankan Deka

Cross Egypt Challenge 2016 - an epic ride of 3000 km in 10 days

Cross Egypt Challenge 2016

WHAT? Cross Egypt Challenge 2016
WHEN? 20th October,2016
WHERE? Egypt

The sixth season of the famous rally, 'Cross Egypt Challenge' will take place in a continuous effort to promote tourism and to prove that Egypt is safe for travels. The 2016 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will start on October 20th and will last for 10 days. The new season includes 9 stages that comprise a total distance of 2,700 km, one of the longest routes in the history of the challenge.

The challenge will begin from the Mediterranean's largest seaport city, Alexandria then head south to the capital Cairo en route to ride the Nile Valley and the Egyptian western desert to Minya on the shore of the River Nile then to Kharga Oasis on the edge of the great sand sea of the North African Sahara.

The challenge will then head east to the ancient city of Luxor, the world's largest open air museum city, and the capital of Ancient Egypt.

From Luxor the riders will head further south to the fascinating city of Aswan, the gate of Egypt's water reserve, then head further east to cross the Egyptian eastern desert, one of the most difficult deserts on the surface of the planet due to its rock formations and chain of mountains to reach the shores of the Red Sea and stop at the beautiful diving city of Marsa Alam where they will camp by the sea.

From Marsa Alam, the challenge will head back north by the Red Sea Riviera to make two last stops in Hurghada and Ain Sokhna before the last stage of the 2016 season of Cross Egypt Challenge that takes place between Ain Sokhna and Cairo to end the new season in the most sacred place in Egypt, under the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Ahmad Elzoghby, the official spokesperson of the challenge said: “Tourism to Egypt has been affected in the past few years, and our mission is to prove that Egypt is still a safe place to visit. It is amazing to see all these adventure riders flying to Egypt yearly to take place in this unique and exciting rally and we want them to share their experience with the world.”

Cross Egypt Challenge is an international series of endurance motorcycles and scooter rallies conducted throughout the most challenging roads and tracks of Egypt, a breathtaking experience that is equally fascinating for spectators and riders alike.

Cross Egypt Challenge is the only organized cross-country rally of its kind in the entire region and combines the best of adventure travel and extreme sport. Each season of the endurance rally introduces a new route throughout the most famous spots of Egypt; a track that nobody ever thought could be done on motorcycles or scooters. The rally is organized by the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan with the cooperation of the Egyptian Tourism Authority, the Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt and under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of tourism.

The series started in 2011 and the first season was a 9-days rally from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the north of Egypt to the temple of Abu Simbel.

Riders from the four corners of the globe fly yearly to Egypt to take part in Cross Egypt Challenge.

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Edited by- Debjani Hazarika

RED FM Launches ‘Riders Music Festival' - a one stop destination for all things biking and adventure

Riders Music Festival 2016

WHAT? Riders Music Festival
WHEN? December 3rd and 4th, 2016
WHERE? Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Grounds, New Delhi
ENTRY? Will be announced soon

This is a festival that is a celebration of bikes and bikers, of the rides and the passion, of the roads and the roadies. Of petrol-head bikers and mean super-machines; of leather jackets, funky helmets, and amulets; of adrenaline pumping rock music and soul-soothing sufi!

Red FM and Phoenix Live have conceptualized and brought alive All-In-One Bikers’ festival, the RIDERS MUSIC FESTIVAL. RED FM has built exciting and innovative formats such as Red Live that brings interesting LIVE content to audiences. The Riders Music Festival will be the latest, most thrilling, format to be launched by Red FM; and also the network’s biggest IP thus far.

Riders Music Festival is a one stop destination for all things biking, all things adventure and all things fun. It is an event that uniquely combines the essence of biking, music, food and much more to imbibe distinctive experiences, and celebrates the spirit of the ‘Biker-brotherhood’ that resonates within the biking community. The first edition of Riders Music Festival will be held in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Grounds between December 3rd and 4th 2016.

Riders Music Festival is uniquely symbolic of every true-blue biker, and represents freedom and breaking of the shackles. It captures the aspirational emotion that emanates from every rider through his passion for biking. While the core of the festival will be about the ‘masters and their machines’, the event will also be for the non-bikers, primarily the youth since it will combine music from some of the best performers globally, grub station that promises a culinary treat, and exciting adventure sports that is certain to get any adrenaline-junkie going.

Building up the momentum towards the festival will be the breakfast rides, kick starting on September 18, 2016, at 5:30 am from Moolchand to Jewar Toll at Taj Expressway, Haryana. The ride will see over 130 super bikers participating and celebrating the essence of brotherhood with key focus on promoting ‘Safety while Riding’. Adding on to the excitement the three popular superbiking clubs from Delhi; Gods, Motorhead Motorcycle Club & Iron Man Motorcycle Club will be seen participating and encouraging riders across the country to live the biking brotherhood.

Nisha Narayana, Red FM COO said, “We have always ideated on building and sustaining new and exciting platforms to connect with listeners, while being in the space of our core competence – Music. That’s is how the Riders Music Festival was conceptualized. It will be a one-stop leisure destination for everyone to relax, revive and re-ignite energies.”

The sales of the ticket will go live shortly on Book My Show. More info on Facebook

Get Ready for the musical ride...
Get Ready for the musical adventure...
Riders Music Festival
3rd and 4th December 2016
Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi

Red FM | Phoenix Live
Posted by Riders Music Festival on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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