This Independence Day, Ultra Media & Entertainment Group to release “Sufi Rock Season I: An Ensemble Series of Melodious Music Videos of 6 Sufi Songs Composed & Sung with a Fusion of Rock Music. Each Video will be a unique blend of Sufi verses with soulful melodies, contemporized using electronic equipment & modern techniques. The Videos will be released at regular intervals on “Ultra Bollywood” YouTube Channel & across all leading Music Streaming Apps
These Music Videos are a Devotional Ode to the Divine Sufi Songs. The first video will be released on 13th August on Ultra Bollywood YouTube Channel & later on: Gaana, Spotify, JioSaavn, Amazon Music, iTunes, Wynk Music & other leading platforms
“Sufi Rock Season I” is a wonderfully conceived music video collection by a team of young musicians and singers. The Songs are beautifully written by the lyricist S Faheem Ahmed and set to music by the Young & Promising Composer & the Director of all the videos Nitesh Tiwari.
Shot & Presented on the lines “Coke Studio“, all these videos are very entertaining & melodic. It focuses on the historical, religious & spiritual elements of the Sufi music, in its original sense. With lyrics and imagery inspired by traditional Sufi poets, these videos will replace the original Sufi instruments such as Dhol, Tabla & Sitar with the traditional rock band format built around electric and bass guitars & drums. The Video blends Sufi & Hard rock to create a genre-transcending Composition
The songs of the music video are Karam Ho Karam / Ya Fasale/ Marhaba/ Mere Manpasand / Mere/ Tanaha Raate/ Qayamat Qayamat. They are sung by Harmaan Nazim, Naeem Ahmed, Lav Poddar, Faheem Ahmed & Nitesh Tiwari
It has hymns sung for the Almighty, Pains of Separation of a lover, A melodious rendition of a lover singing praises for his love who is troubling him in his dreams, A song depicting total submission of the soul to the Almighty God & A beautiful interpretation of an anguished lover waiting to meet his beloved
The band’s main essence lies in Sufism. Their music is a mixture of various rock genres, which they blended with Indian Classical Ragas & Tunes. Sufi Rock is a subgenre of rock music that combines rock with classical Islamic Sufi music traditions. It emerged in the early 1990s in Asian & Middle East Countries & was further popularised by bands like Junoon, Fuzon & Mekaal Hasan & carried its popularity into the new millennium both locally & abroad. The term “Sufi Rock” was coined in 1993 by writer Nadeem F. This genre has been a mainstay in many Bollywood Soundtracks
Nitesh Tiwari from Siliguri is an Indian film director, music composer, and writer known for his critically acclaimed directorial debut film Machaan. He has composed more than 70 music albums & released in T-Series, Zee Music, Venus, Yellow & Red Music, Gaana, iTunes, Hungama, and many more well-known platforms.
He also has directed some parts of the film Ek Ashaa, (a Kinnar) which received more than 22 awards nationally and internationally.
Mr. Sushilkumar Agrawal, CEO, Ultra Media & Entertainment Group added “Ultra has always been looking out for opportunities to work with young talented artists & promote various genres of Music. Sufi as a genre expresses harmony, peace & love, we liked the idea of the fusion of Sufi and Rock. We thought this is the perfect way to make the young audiences listen to this genre in a manner & format which is more relatable & consumable to them, like a rock. This way they will connect with the divine love & knowledge of the almighty in an entertaining way. Going ahead, we will be launching many more seasons of Sufi Rock with new singers & musicians”