x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Various artists: David (soundtrack)

This Bollywood soundtrack covers a range of genres and maintains a quirky charm throughout.

Various artists
David
(T-Series)
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Mickey McCleary first blew us away with his fantastic version of the 1960s classic Khoya Khoya Chaand in Bejoy Nambiar's first Bollywood film Shaitaan in 2011. For Nambiar's second film, David, released last week, he delivers two mind-blowing versions of Mast Qalandar (both featuring Rekha Bharadwaj on the vocals). Arguably the best-known work of Sufi poetry ever, it was originally written by Ameer Khusru in the mid-1300s. Since then, it has been sung by the likes of Abida Parveen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sabri Brothers, the Pakistani rock band Junoon and now Bharadwaj. Befitting a film set over three different decades, this soundtrack brings together eight composers including Anirudh Ravichander, Prashant Pillai and Mikey McCleary - all coming from different musical backgrounds. From the loungey Ghum Huye (sung by Siddharth Basrur) to the part-French, part-classical raga Tore Matware Naina (sung by Joyshanti and Nirali Karthik) to the Goan celebration song Maria Pitache (by Remo Fernandes), the album covers a range of genres and maintains a quirky charm throughout.