Friday, August 29, 2008

Band SeVeN...First Indi Pop band from South India..




SOMETIME IN early February, regular viewers of Channel V and MTV were treated to a new music video called "Yeh Zindagani". The tune was catchy, the lyrics were peppy and the video, a visual treat. A band called Seven was born. The first album, also called Seven, from this Kerala-based threesome has just been released.
Why a name like Seven? The band members tell us that `seven' is invested with a lot of significance ? the seven notes of music, the seven colours, the seven wonders of the world and the like, and they feel that their lucky number is seven too.
The band was born on October 7, 1998, which also happens to be Franco, the lead vocalist's birthday. Sangeeth is the guitarist and Stephen plays the key-board. Franco, the most energetic of the three, is a music graduate from Chennai and has lent his voice to some 35 soundtracks with major musicians in the Malayalam film industry. Sangeeth would probably be the most-experienced since he took to music when he was 16 and went on to win an award in classic guitar from Trinity College, London. Stephen too was trained at Trinity.
he threesome band happened when Stephen came down to Thrissur to learn classic piano from a music academy and bumped into Franco and Sangeeth. Next, they were making music together ? rock music with Indian sounds.
Seven's debut album features a handful of songs - each conveying a meaningful message. The first number, "Zindagaani", is called "a celebration of life" as it tells you to enjoy what you do in life, and do it fast as life is short. "Yaari" salutes true friendship. This track has a pumped-up techno version on the flip side which makes for excellent hearing. "Anth", which is called the "post-war song", creates a musical image of a silent graveyard where people have lost everything and all that remains is a river of blood and tears. "Gaon" has a very rustic touch to it. It tells the story of a guy returning to his native village after a long time and his sister waiting for him with a `rakhi'. We also get to hear the famous Kerala fisherman's chant which epitomises joy.
Two tracks which stand out in the album are "Vande Maataram" and "Khilte Gul''. The first one impresses with its simple lyrics and an upbeat mood, while the second one is a message against child labour: "Hai Khilti hum kaliyan/ Chhodo, hum ko na todo/ Nahin sapne aankhon mein/ Apna nahin hai koi aanchal/ Khilte Gul hum kal ke/ Hume yun na todo...''

7 comments:

aditi said...

hey stephen

Im in love with zindagaani, and i found the video too cute!! is it anywhere online??

vivek kadavath said...

definitely you will get the YEH ZINDAGANI online just give me your id or join me at facebook http://www.facebook.com/album.php?profile=1&id=100000370223838#!/profile.php?id=100000370223838

zizz said...

i distinctly remember the time when seven was released on kosmic music, and how i was hooked to it. i still have the cassette, but sadly it has lived up its life.
where can i purchase the CD of your first album, and any other songs that you have done.
thanks

vivek kadavath said...

zizzz.... i am JUST A FAN OF STEPHEN DEVASSY....
and about romanza you will get it from music stores... but it depend on the stock...
but you can download it from hummaa.com

vinit said...

Hi Vivek,

Let me introduce my self...my names Vinit Pillai ...the guy who wrote all the song lyrics for the album Yeh zindagani by 7. I am writing to you requesting if you have the music videos for the 2 songs yeh zindagani and Anth that were aired on MTV and B4U music. If you have the video file could you please share them with me ...i shall be grateful to you.

cheers

vinit

vivek kadavath said...

definitely will try to help you..... give me ur id

Smiley said...

Hi Vivek
Can u plz send me the song yeh zindagani if u have. plz. i have tried getting it all over the net but in vain. my email add: smileyfdes@gmail.com
Thanks