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Rough Guide to Bollywood Legends: Mohd Rafi

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Over the years, Bollywood’s dream-weavers have adopted many faces and many voices. Since the late 1940s, people have known, or suspected, that the face in close-up on the screen is probably lip-synching to a ‘playback singer’, and in the annals of Bollywood, Mohd. Rafi’s star shines bright. Decades after his death in July 1980 (at the age of 56), he remains one of the four most influential playback singers ever, alongside Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. His voice brought fantasy to life, and he continues to inspire succeeding generations. This album pays tribute to his overwhelming influence in the subcontinent and beyond.

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Mohammad Rafi(whose name is typically abbreviated to Mohd. Rafi) recorded thousands of songs before he died in 1980. He is still remembered as one of the great playback singers of the Bollywood movie scene, which means he provided the emotionally charged singing voice for lip-syncing movie stars. Rafi got his start in the late 1940s, becoming well known for his voiceover work by 1952, and his rise coincided with the golden age of Hindi film. Recorded between 1957 and 1977, the 16 tracks here easily convey the passion of the singer even without the film accompaniment. A variety of modern and traditional Indian music styles is touched on here, and his specialties of love ballads and duets with women singers, most notably Lata Mangeshkar, are particularly well represented. For the kitsch factor, check out the groovy brown-sploitation of "Chand Mera Dil" and "Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho": both reference American soul and boogaloo, while the latter is also festooned with sounds of a thunderstorm and ocean waves. --Tad Hendrickson

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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Music Network
  • ASIN: B0001F6WTM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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