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Nescafe Basement, unsung show

December 29, 2013


Amidst the hullabaloo of Indian Idol and Coke Studio Season 6, there is one music show that has taken a lot of audiophiles by a pleasant surprise and is going about its business without creating fuss, figuratively speaking.

It’s the second edition of Nescafe Basement in which underground bands showcase their talent. Hamza Tanveer and Altamash Sever’s take on Awaz’s famous yesteryear song, Mr Fraudiyay, was such a delight to hear. The band made it edgier, rawer and more meaningful to listen to.

Then the version of Gun n Roses’ Sweet Child o’ Mine was also a unique take on the rock track. The use of the tabla, not just for the heck of it, has imparted a new ‘feel’ to the song. Now that’s what you call innovation done with loads of energy and unbridled passion. It’s strange that not much is being talked about the show, perhaps because it’s the only music programme on local TV which is genuinely creative and sans any airs. Way to go, guys! We’ve woken up to the smell of your brew.