24th January, 2018
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Simply The Blues

While we hear of many music competitions searching for pop and rock bands, very few look for the ultimate Blues bands. 2017 saw a battle of bands to unearth new and original Blues talent, which received an overwhelming response with entries from bands across the country. Two year old band BLU from Delhi, offered a fresh perspective on the Blues and alternative music and were declared winners at the Mahindra Blues Band Hunt 2017 which got them a chance to perform at the Mahindra Blues Festival 2017.
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Gospel Truths – Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project

Given the kind of music on the contemporary gospel scene today, infused with rap, dance beats and rock, the soothing and angelic vocals of Sonam Kalra and The Sufi Gospel Project bring an interdenominational, intergenerational and a new musical expression to this vast landscape of music. As founder, and spiritual bellwether for the group, Sonam Kalra combines western gospel music with Indian classical sound in The Sufi Gospel Project.
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Independent Woman - Shazneen Arethna

With an illustrious career and two new EPs released this month, Shazneen Arethna has a lot going for her at the moment, which makes it difficult to start a conversation with her. As a singer and a voice–over artist from a very young age, jamming with the best rock bands in India, to her Bollywood song 'I hate you like I love you', Shazneen is truly a gifted and multi-talented singer with an incredible voice.
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Bleaking the Barriers - BLEK

Mumbai band Blek is going from strength to strength. This 3-member power pop band comprising of college mates Rishi Bradoo (Guitar/Vocals) and Jared Juan Creado (Bass/Vocals) and Linford D'souza (Drums) was formed in 2011. Two years later the band found themselves at the The Great Escape Music Festival in Brighton, UK playing not one but two gigs and meeting a whole new spectrum of international music artists. At home they are a regular on the Indian music circuit and have played at most prominent muisc festivals, grabbing also a few awards along the way.
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The Don Returns - Apache Indian

The Brit-Asian Steven Kapur a.k.a. Apache Indian needs no introduction. He has been around for over 25 years with a distinguished career that many of today’s artistes will envy. Apache took his vibrant sounds of Dancehall, Reggae and Raga around the world fusing his distinctive vocal style with Indian, Jamaican and English music.
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The Spice Girl – Ananya Birla

With a surname that could get her anywhere, Ananya Birla doesn’t wish to fall back on it and instead she is keen on building her own legacy. At 22, Ananya is many things; intelligent, passionate, with a sharp entrepreneurial mind, and forging her way into a music career, a dream she nursed while studying at college. Daughter of business tycoon Kumar Mangalam Birla and Neerja Birla, Ananyais determined to rise above the pack, follow her heart and make a difference.
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The Sound of Voices - Voctronica

Consider this, Warsha Easwar a psychologist, Arjun Nair a full time music director, Avinash Tiwari a businessman, Raj Verma a sessions beatboxer and keyboardist and Clyde Fernandes a budding producer, put all of them together and you get India’s most in-tune a-cappella band Voctronica.
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Toronto’s Nightingale - Jonita Gandhi

Confident women make their own choices. Jonita Gandhi is one of them. Gandhi left her family back in Canada to pursue a career in music. In a short span of time she was nominated for Best Female Playback Singer at the Mirchi Music Awards and the Filmfare Awards for her Breakup Song from the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. More recently, she won Female Vocalist of the Year at the Mirchi Music Awards for the song Gilehriyaan from the movie Dangal.
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Kiwi export - Shirley Setia

Shirley Setia is a 22 year old Indo-Kiwi singer, performer from Auckland, New Zealand. She makes cover songs which can be found on her YouTube channel.The Cancerian is not only a famous singer, but also a former RJ on Radio Tarana with her show “Showtime with Shirley”.
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Ska, Ska, Ska with a Vengeance - The Ska Vengers

Touted as ‘One of the Most Fun Indie Acts to Watch out for’,Delhi basedSkaVengers can set any stage ablaze with their music as they bring together Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Jazz and Punk mixed with Cuban and Latin influences to create that magic vibe.
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