Monday, February 19, 2018

Annual concert to feature young Bollywood singer


Mark Fraser

Local entertainer Raymond Ramnarine is excited about his presentation of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond – the concert’.

Ramnarine and his band Dil-e-Nadan is the feature act in the annual post-Valentine concert.

“This is something I look forward to every year. And this year is going to be mind-blowing,” he said.

Ramnarine will share the stage with Indian singer Vineet Singh. 

The event takes place at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, tomorrow.

The producer of the event said the Valentine concert is delayed each year to facilitate Ramnarine’s packed Carnival schedule.

Ramnarine has performed alongside Indian singers Zubeen, Monali Thakur, Ash King , Raghav and Kamal Khan in previous years.

And he is looking forward to performing alongside Singh, one of India’s newest playback singers.

Ramnarine has described the event as a concert of a lifetime. He will also be joined by his brothers Rennie and Richard Ramnarine. The three brothers have also encouraged their talented children, dubbed G3, to follow in their footsteps. 

Raymond Ramnarine’s sons Varun and Vinesh, Richard Ramnarine’s twin sons, Arvind and Amish, and Rennie Ramnarine’s daughters, Samara and Samaya, will deliver a performances at the concert.

Dil-e-Nadan was formed in 1957 by the late Usaf Khan and Ramnarine Moonilal. The band enjoyed a lot of success in the years to follow and dominated the local Indian music industry.

In the mid 80s Ramnarine’s two sons Rennie and Raymond joined the group. With the push from then manager Haseeb Majid, Raymond started his career as  lead singer. He entered a national duet singing competition with Swarsati Maraj in 1989 and won first place.

In 1996 the band was signed to Soca Paradise and released its first CD People’s Choice. The success seemed to have just started as the band became the first band to tour Holland and Spain in 1997. Soon after Dil-e-Nadan became the first chutney group to perform at the world renowned Brass Festival & Youth Fest.

Dil-e-Nadan recently signed a five-year deal in Holland with Bollywood LTD for performances in Europe.

Vineet Singh, 24, has recorded songs for many Bollywood movies, including Policegiri, Son Of Sardar, Milenge Milenge, and Khiladi 786 where his song “Hookar Bar” is still considered the youth anthem of 2013 in India. 

Singh started his singing career at age five. His mentor is music director Himesh Reshamiya and he is currently the lead singer for Himesh’s stage group. 

Singh’s debut song in Bollywood was Dil Rang Le, a duet with Sunidhi Chauhan for the film Rocky: The Rebel (2006). Singh performed with Himesh Reshammiya in his international concert series “Aap Kaa Surroor” in the fall of 2006 with fellow contestant Himani Kapoor.  

The producers said the Indian singer has a unique singing voice and is an expert on Sonu Nigam and Mohammed Rafi songs, but is equally comfortable with other genres. He was one of the more popular singers on ZEE TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

Ramnarine said, “The countdown has begun for what is going to change the landscape of our music industry. It is a concert that attracted over 10,000 people last year. Trinidad’s best joins India’s superstar. It is a concert of a lifetime,” he said.

Last year the event attracted thousands, leaving many people standing outside the venue hoping to secure tickets.