Unforgettable Rahman Connections

A. R. Rahman

Connections (Wrasse Records WRASS265, 2010)

The great Indian composer A. R. Rahman handpicked the pieces included in his new album Connections, which is collection of some of his favorite compositions. “Connections is a very special compilation of songs done at various stages of my life. They all mean a lot to me and I hope the album will be enjoyed by all” says Rahman.

The album features captivating pop, R&B and rootsy bhangra songs, instrumentals and remixes with contemporary arrangements that bring the best of Indian rhythms, melodies and vocals combined with the latest electronic technology. Rahman’s personal favorites include ‘Khalballi’ (Rang De Basanti), ‘Dil Se Re’ (Dil Se) & ‘Meherbaan’ (Ada) and ‘Jiya Se Jiya’ with A. R. Rahman on vocals accompanied by master percussionist Sivamani, which was never released on CD. Connections also features Rahman’s first English-language release “Pray for me Brother” and the beautiful cult classic “Bombay Theme”.

With Connections, A. R. Rahman demonstrates once more why he is one of the most relevant figures in Indian pop and film music.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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