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Rabbi ShergillRabbi strikes rich with 'Avengi Ja Nahin'
17th July 2008  17.37 IST
By Agencies  


Three years ago, Rabbi Shergill announced his arrival on the Indian music scene with "Bulla Ki Jaana" that almost became a theme song for Sufi music aficionados.

And now he is back with the album "Avengi Ja Nahin", where the singer has tried to infuse a lot of rock and Western elements. Italian progressive rock maestro and producer Maurio Pagani has also arranged and conducted the strings.




Though this is not an out-and-out Sufi album, it has something for all. The album begins with "Chhalla", a slow and rhythmic number where the acoustic guitar is used to good effect. The accordion can also be heard in between. The song is built on a layer of double bass and cello.

The second song "Karachi Valie" is rollicking. The introductory music seems to be of some Deep Purple number.

Rabbi speaks of love unrequited and promises that his love will make the unresponsive beloved suffer in "Maen Bolia", where he manages to infuse tenderness and some exasperation, even as his lead guitar solo soars with the confidence that the girl will ultimately be his.

The title track "Avengi Ja Nahin" makes effective use of percussions and the traditional Greek musical instrument, bouzouki. The track is about love uncertain and pregnant with possibilities that are not acted upon. Rabbi's guitar playing is clean and crisp, even as his Punjabi lyrics are delightfully ambiguous.



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