The last post I wrote mentioned the sensational “Slumdog Millionaire” sountrack. The track listing includes well known artists, like as M.I.A., the artist behind the insanely popular “Paper Planes” song. It also includes internationally acclaimed artists who have yet to really establish a fan base here in the States; however, that is about to change for at least one.
A. R. Rahman is a Golden Globe nominated film composer, record producer and musician… Skilled in Carnatic music, Western classical, Hindustani music and the Qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahman has been noted to write film songs that amalgamate elements of these music systems and other genres, layering instruments from differing music idioms in an improvisatory manner.
Rahman‘s inluence permeates the movie’s soundtrack, tieing together the more traditional-sounding Indian music with artists who have a lot of Western influence. The most exciting of the tracks is “O…Saya,” performed by both Rahman and M.I.A. The sound is infections and exotic, but it is not so far removed from the baseline that listeners are alienated by it.
Again, here’s the track listing for you all.
- “O… Saya” performed by A. R. Rahman, M.I.A.
- “Riots” by A. R. Rahman
- “Mausam & Escape” by A. R. Rahman
- “Paper Planes” performed by M.I.A.
- “Paper Planes (DFA Remix)” performed by M.I.A.
- “Ringa Ringa” by A. R. Rahman featuring Alka Yagnik, Ila Arun
- “Liquid Dance” by A. R. Rahman featuring Palakkad Sriram, Madhumitha
- “Latika’s Theme” by A. R. Rahman featuring Suzanne D’Mello
- “Aaj Ki Rat” performed by Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Alisha Chinai
- “Millionaire” by A. R. Rahman featuring Madhumitha
- “Gangsta Blues” by A. R. Rahman featuring BlaaZe, Tanvi Shah
- “Dreams on Fire” by A. R. Rahman featuring Suzanne D’Mello
- “Jai Ho” by A. R. Rahman featuring Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalakshmi Iyer