British girls come to launch music album


Chandigarh, July 25

They insist they are different like so many before them, but this singing duo of 'Nic 'n' Nicole' is unusual, for these two girls have come all the way from their homes in
England to launch their debut music album, 'Aaja Pyar Kar Le' in India.
That is not all, Devinder Kaur alias Nic, although born and brought up in England, has Punjabi roots, while Nicole is a self-professed 'Indiaphile'. Together, they believe they represent a whole new sound.
"It is neither British Asian (think Hard Kaur) and nor is it too Indian. Our music is a bit of both with an emphasis on pop" chorus the duo. With the lyrics sprinkled liberally over Punjabi, Hindi and English, they both wanted to create "something unique and original." This is not saying very much especially since it is accompanied with a music video that features the Chairman of the company releasing the album, Frankfinn Music's K S Kohli, who incidentally also finds place of pride on the album cover sandwiched between the two willowy lasses.
The girls are earnest, eager for feedback and obviously pleased as punch now that the album is all set for a country-wide release what with a two-year contract with Frankfinn Music which includes production, promotion and distribution of their first album.
"We want you to sing our songs back to us and want our music to be taken seriously," says Nic.
And despite the minuscule outfits that they are attired in, both girls insist they are no "item numbers" here. "We will always maintain our self-respect and do nothing that our parents will feel ashamed of," asserts Nicole. The association between the two began four years ago when Nic was working in the field of marketing while playing with a local band in London and Nicole had just completed her degree in film and drama.
Both have grown up around music in their own ways. "In school I played the piano and the cello and took formal singing lessons," elucidates Nicole while Nic grew up listening to western, Indian and Punjabi music. Singing lessons apart, she also tried her hand at the sitar, "but I was too lively to sit still," she laughs.
Both girls are learning the harmonium and Indian classical singing to give "more range" to their voices. "We specifically wanted to work with Indian musicians because this kind of talent is not available there," they say.
Mixing and remixing is their forte, they maintain-melodies with strains of Assamese folk tunes, the dhol, the sitar, the guitar, electric sounds with the tabla-even their vocals suiting different genres which blend well together. Together they hope that "like the ring in our names, our music will grow with us and will not go out of fashion."