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Gift of music

VIJAY GEORGE

Nerappil Jazzie Gift has expanded his horizons beyond Kerala.

Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

SINGER AND COMPOSER: Jazzie Gift

He has most of South India dancing to his beats after his album for Jayaraj's super hit film, `4 the People' was released. Among the songs in the album, `Lajjavathiye... ' was a chartbuster in Malayalam as well as in other languages and Jassie Gift or rather, Nerappil Jazzie Gift, as he is known now, became a sensation.

Chartbusters

The composer-singer is again making news, now as a singer. He has rendered some foot-tapping numbers in various South Indian languages for some of the top music directors. With `Andangkaka... ' from `Anniyan' and `Gundu Manga Thoppukkulle... ' from `Sachien' making it to the top of the charts, Jazzie has reasons enough to be excited. Quite recently, he sung for such music directors as Devi Sri Prasad for films like the Chiranjeevi starrer `Andarivadu' and Junior NTR's `Naa Alludu' and also for `Keeravani,' in Telugu.

"Of course, I am thrilled by the response to these songs. More offers are coming in and I have just completed singing some Kannada songs and also for a Sinhalese album," smiles Jazzie.

Jazzie, who has an MPhil in Philosophy and plans to complete his doctorate, was active in the western music circuit in Thiruvananthapuram during his college days. It was `4 the People' that catapulted Jazzie to instant stardom. How did he feel then?

"I had never anticipated such a fabulous response. The director wanted me to compose a folk-based song in a western style. I composed the tune in just 15 minutes and that perhaps started a trend. Since then, I have been participating in regular shows and life has become very hectic."

Although the song `Themmadikkatte' in the film `Rain rain come again,' which followed, was a hit, the film failed to make an impact on the box office. Jazzie did a cameo in the film.

"We had originally planned an album. Perhaps, I should have taken more time to plan things in a better way. Maybe the songs were done in haste," feels Jazzie.

Films to be released

Although his compositions for films like `December,' `Shambhu' and `Ennittum' have been well received, the films have not been yet released. "I am looking forward to the release of these films, which is expected in the coming months. Songs like `Snehathumbi', `Oru Noorashakal' and `Bomma Bomma' are sure to become more popular once it appears on the silver screen."

Why did he not work in Jayaraj's `By the People,' the sequel to `4 the People?'

"The reason is simple. He likes to experiment and has brought in the `S 5' band to render the songs composed by Pravin Mani in the film. I hope to team up with him again in the near future."

Jazzie plans to produce a western dance album, which he hopes to launch internationally. But for the moment, he is enjoying his stint as a singer.

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