MUMBAI : Robbie Williams and Asha Bhosle have teamed up for a duet and a remix version of the Williams’ hits Rock DJ and Better Man. Bhosle recorded her parts in India with instrumentalists and arrangers from China, India, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Indian producer Shamir Tandon recorded Bhosle’s vocal parts in Mumbai while Morton Wilson from Schtung Studios and his team of arrangers worked on the tracks and the overall production in Hong Kong. These tracks will form the core of a multi-tiered marketing programme in India with mobile phone company Sony Ericsson.
EMI Music India has made available the duet of Better Man on select Sony Ericsson Walkman phones. sony Ericsson has also partnered with mobile network operator Hutch to make the remix version of Rock DJ available for downloads for Hutch subscribers.
The tracks will also be made available on Inner Sanctum, the Robbie Williams website. Plans are to include the songs in a Bollywood film, sources say. Featuring traditional Indian instruments like tablas, sitars and the sarangi, played by wellknown session musicians in India combined with some new arrangements, well-known Robbie Williams tracks like Rock DJ and Better man have gone through a complete musical overhaul. Rock DJ becomes a frenetic Bollywood Club Remix and duet whereas Better Man becomes something almost spiritual.