Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


M. Shariff & Bombay Orchestra

Chura Liya Hai Tum Ne

The film songs of Bollywood are the pop music of India. It is only in the last couple of decades that the film industry of India has come to the attention of the Western World, and even more recently – Hollywood. But those films – and the songs contain there in – have influence music around the world for many years. The films have been popular in Africa, Asia and the Middle East dating back to the 1950s. Besides being popular with Indians who have migrated around the world, millions of non-Indians enjoy Bollywood films for many years.

I have seen an Israeli album of filmi songs in Hebrew. Then there is a live album by Usha Uthup that was recorded in Nairobi. I have a Malay pressing of S. Hazarasingh album and a South African pressing of Van Shipley album. As for M. Shariff, I have seen one other single by him performing songs from the film Bobby, on what is apparently his own label.

If you have any further information about M. Shariff, or his Bombay Orchestra, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number MSF 5020 on M. Shariff Scope Trading of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. No release date listed

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hey Stuart,
great post. I can add this Ahmadi Hassan record (also on the M. Shariff scope label) to the pile of non-Indian Bollywood covers (I believe Ahmadi was from Malaysia). It’s got a great version of Rona Kabhi Nahin from Apna Desh mixed with Jingle Bells. The only other thing I have from M. Shariff is a great cover of the Johnny Wakelin song “Black Superman (Muhammad Ali)”
http://jessekaminsky.com/intercontinental/covers/ahmadi_hassan_front.jpg
http://jessekaminsky.com/intercontinental/covers/ahmadi_hassan_back.jpg

at the risk of cluttering up here, there’s also this Iranian pressing of the Bollywood soundtrack Hamraaz, with a lot of Turkish handwriting on the label.
http://jessekaminsky.com/intercontinental/covers/iran/monogram_c_1123.jpg

Peter of monrakplengthai will have some Thai bollywood tunes, too.

jesse

Comment by jesse

in Malaysia and Singapore the Bollywood/Malay combination Style back then was often referred to as Ala Hindustan (according to Zaleha Hamid when I interviewed her) She did alot of Bollywood Covers in Malay as well.

Also MY Shamsuddin, and Sharifah Noor.. Bollywood was big everywhere i guess.

Comment by carlito




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