MUMBAI: The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and singer Sonu Niigaam will jointly create a music album titled Rafi Resurrected.
The 18 songs chosen for the album were performed at a show in Birmingham in April 2006, and are the brainchild of Tim Pottier, the composer/arranger for the Orchestra, an 80 member outfit.
Saregama, which was approached by Pottier with the intention of releasing an album, asked Niigaam to render the songs. The CBSO parts were recorded in Birmingham and the resultant tracks will now be dubbed by Niigaam from 18 April 2007, at Empire Studios, Mumbai.
Rafi Resurrected combines a symphonic interpretation of Indian film music, for the first time. The songs include gems like the 1963 Yaad Na Jaaye Beete Dinon Ki, Tareef Karoo Kya Uski, Pathar Ke Sanam and Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho, which was composed by Madan Mohan and written by Kaifi Azmi.
Rafi Resurrected is scheduled for worldwide release in July this year.