Faseeh called me sometime in the November of 2005 and asked me if I could play some bass for him for his up coming concert. Initially, I was reluctant as I have been very out of touch as I haven’t played my bass regularly for a very long time – something like 6 years or so. However, after some discussion, he persuaded me into it. With some further discussion as for the timing of the concert, we set the date for 16th February 2006 some time in November 2005. Continue reading “Played for FASY LIVE”
I thought that this was a very interesting development. Already I’m seeing country and language specific web sites spring up. Some sites are browser specific though.
Continue reading “Writing Dhivehi in Windows XP”
MUSICinMALDIVES.com was test launched on 20th November 2005. Initially I started this as an experiment, not sure if it would attract any attention and planned myself to tune up the site at my own pace. I did initially mention about this to about ten friends. Within the next fourteen days, I was awstruck when I found out that more than thirty users have registered on this site! This meant to me that I had hit on something that there was a lot of demand for. But I did not know what it was.
I was invited by Island Music to plan and execute the sound re-inforcement project for the Indian Idol Show in Maldives, which was held on 10th November 2005. The event was organized by habeys.com
Indian Idols ranking 1st – Abhijeet Sawant, 3rd – Rahul Vaidya, 4th – Prajakta Shukre and 5th – Ravinder Ravi performed in this one night event.
Preparations totalled a duration of 17 days from the first task to dismantling. This excludes minor pre-planning meetings and discussions. This project had a team of 15 members, mostly from Island Music which was headed by Hambe. Continue reading “Indian Idol Sound Reinforcement Project”
The Wataniya (Maldives) official launching ceremony was marked by “WOW!” – a concert organized by Artline Maldives. This concert was hosted by MTV’s VJ Nikhil. The concert featured top local bands like Amazon Jade, Mezzo, Sultans, and dances by Theatre Mirage. In addition to that, a laser-show was performed by a team from Singapore. It was held on the 5th of August 2005 in Alimas Carnival at 21:30hrs. Continue reading “Wataniya Launch: Sound Re-inforcement Project”
While I was on a semester break – due to the smog in South-East Asia, I came across an interesting project – Hilton Maldives’ (at Rangali Island) opening ceremony.
Via a mutual I came into contact with Edgar, who was the F&B Manager there. Hilton had planned a very visual and exciting opening ceremony but had problems sourcing resources and professional services to be subcontracted. One such area was the sound reinforcement for the opening ceremony. Continue reading “Hilton Opening: Sound & Lights”
Dhoni Show’s sound reinforcement needs were comparatively complex compared to the regular shows held in Male’, Maldives, at that time. Perhaps this was the first show aligned with the concept of the album (also titled ‘Dhoni’ by Zero Degree Atoll). The performance also included theatrical elements. Continue reading “Dhoni Show: Sound reinforcement”
This was the first Telethon of its kind in the Maldives and was held on 14th November 1991. It was a fundraiser for the Childrens’ Welfare Fund and it raised MRf 520,001.00 (Maldivian Rufiyaa, Five Hundred Twenty Thousand and One). Continue reading “Telethon 1991”
The Happening was one of the premier music events that ran as a series for quite a number of years. Initially organized by Club Valencia as a fund raising event, it soon portrayed leading bands and was transformed into THE music event at that time.
Our band was called “No Limits” and had a young and energetic audience who could associate with our band-sound. We played mostly our originals, some of which which was recorded but never released. Sadly, this was the last No Limits performance of this line-up – the band disbanded due to differences among us.
At first, I got to learn the sound of the bass from the different styles and rhythms from the organ that I was playing – a Yamaha Electone Mate. This introduced me to the sound and it’s role in the overall piece of music. I first played bass not on an electric bass but on the organ. It had foot pedals for bass and I played bass with my left foot! Continue reading “How I picked up Bass”