Each week on our Super Soca Show we include a ‘Chutney Tune Of The Week’. Of course, even if you’re unaware of the music, it should be obvious that I’m not talking about the* fruity food stuff, but the Soca derivative which further accentuates the music’s East Indian influences. I’ve not posted much on here before, but there’s two tunes currently that I feel need to be shared.
I should perhaps first explain that there is a popular trend in Trinidad & Tobago of taking classic Bollywood tracks or melodies and revamping them Chutney Soca style. In fact just before the island’s 2017 Carnival, there was something of a backlash against the usage of such tunes in the Chutney Soca Monarch competition, but the practice remains popular. These are two such tracks, however as is often the case with both artists, they’ve taken the melodies and changed the original Hindi lyrics into catchy drinking anthems.
First up is Rikki Jai, whose big hits include Barman (adapted from Dil Mera Ek Aas Ka Panchhi) where the song is built around Rikki asking the barman for some Guiness and Puncheon (rum) to help him get ready for a long night of loving (he also asks for some supligen energy drink and ginseng), and Alone (adapted from Deewana Hua Badal) where he opts for feteing alone with a bottle of rum over carnival, as his partner has left him. In this latest offering, he adapts the melody from the classic Jaoon Kahan Bata Aye Dil whilst facing his various relationship problems with a bottle of rum (the remedy). I’m not sure he’s the best role model in this respect, but he does know how to make a highly addictive track.
Be careful with this one, I didn’t pay it much attention at first, and then I couldn’t get “So bring the Johnnie Walker” out of my head, now I can’t stop playing it.
Ravi B’s alcohol infused Bollywood remakes include lamenting the raise in rum prices for Budget (adapted from Mohan Ki Muraliya Baje) and Ah Drinka (adapted from O Saathi Re Tere Bina), which follows similar lines to The Remedy, with rum definitely taking precedent over his partner. In Start Over, his partner’s left him and it’s whiskey this time which is set to see him through the break up. Although rum is by far the favourite tipple of most singers, Johnnie Walker does find it’s way into a few Chutney songs, possibly as it’s one of India’s most popular spirits.
The melody for this one is actually from a fairly recent Bollywood hit, Tere Sang Yaara, a song from Rustom. I have to admit, although the original love song is a more popular track, I’m a much bigger fan of this version!