Shivi’s Best of 2017

Most Romantic Urban – Cry For Me by Zack Knight
This R&B/Soul offering dropped in 2017. The song, sung completely in English, had all the right ingredients of an Usher or Ne-Yo style love/ break-up song. Whilst some of the lyrics were explicit, the story the song told was one of sorrow and lost love. Released by Quantize Music, the track was written, produced and sung by Zack Knight. One of those rainy day songs to have on repeat – cue all the emotional feels!
Best Dance Track – Gallan Tipsiyaan by Arjun Kanungo
Arjun returned to the music scene after the huge commercial success of Ek Dafaa, with his second offering of 2017, Gallan Tipsiyaan. The song is a return for Arjun, to the dance scene with a beat worthy of any nightclub or disco. Released in November, Arjun timed the drop of this single with the festive party season. The single was written by Vayu who penned the infamous Beat Pe Booty, so you know that Arjun was on to a winner with this one!
Most Romantic Bollywood – Tere Mere from Chef (sung by Armaan Malik)
From the film Chef (2017), Tere Mere was composed by Amaal Mallik, written by Rashmi Virag and sung by Armaan Malik. Armaan has fast become the go-to Bollywood singer for romantic numbers, and Tere Mere suited his vocal capabilities beautifully. A return to the family duo of brothers, Amaal and Armaan continue to create melodious and timeless songs, and although the film itself didn’t perform great at the box office, the song has received plenty of airplay and gained popularity amongst music lovers and fans of Armaan Malik.
Best Bollywood Remix – Kabira/ Naina (T Series Mixtape)
T Series Mixtape comprising of 26 of Bollywood’s biggest singers and 17 hugely successful songs was always a recipe for greatness. It is no shock then that the Best Bollywood Remix category had to be won by one of these songs. The remix of Kabira and Naina, was one of the early mixtape offerings as part of the series, sung by Mohd Irfan and Neha Kakkar. The remix enjoyed huge success, fusing together two hugely successful Bollywood songs seamlessly and creating a unique and melodious tune to relax even the most frantic of minds. Always a popular play on Brekky With Shivi.
Best Duet – Neeti Mohan and Harrdy Sandhu (T Series Mixtape)
With the T Series Mixtape songs flooding the music scene throughout 2017, the beautiful fusing of Sab Tera (Baaghi) and Soch Na Sake (Airlift) was created. Harrdy Sandhu produced a beautifully smooth vocal performance, complimented by the gifted Neeti Mohan, producing one of the most successful and harmonious T Series Mixtape offerings. Whilst every song in the Mixtape series could have been a contender for this award, the stunning harmony created when both Sandhu and Mohan’s voices come together in the bridge climax had my mind made up.
Best Movie – Kaabil
2017 wasn’t a particularly strong year for Bollywood films, in that the scene was essentially crowded out by the big boys of Bollywood. Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn all had releases to compete for the title of best movie of 2017. Whilst many lists will argue that Raees was the most successful, second now to the late release of Tiger Zinda Hai, I stand by my decision to put Kaabil at the top. Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam acted superbly as a blind couple, in this crime-thriller. Teamed with a wide variety of musical styles, and Hrithik showing off his signature dance moves in the Spanish inspired number Mon Amour, this movie had all the right ingredients to top my chart for 2017.
Best Discovery – Karan Nawani (T Series Mixtape)
The young singer only popped up on our radar recently when a remix between Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, and the classic Pehla Nasha was played on my show. Karan’s YouTube channel comprises of refixes of many Bollywood classics and modern songs, including mixes as diverse as Asha Bhosle, Justin Bieber and Atif Aslam. A talented, young singer, he has certainly been a pleasant discovery and I look forward to playing more of his music on Brekky With Shivi.
Best Live Act – Navin Kundra
I was fortunate to bump into Navin on many occasions throughout 2017, with Navin performing at various melas, showcases, awards ceremonies and events. Navin Kundra pleases all his fans by performing fusion medleys of songs made famous by other artists, both Bollywood and non-Bollywood, as well as performing from his own repertoire of fan favourites. Always a crowd-pleaser, there was only ever one winner in this category in my opinion.
Best Concert – Adnan Sami Live at Wembley
One of the most anticipated concerts was the return of Adnan Sami to Wembley in March 2017. The singer-songwriter and composer returned to Wembley on the back of his life-changing weight loss with a story of determination, motivation and talent. His musicality and voice had not diminished during his transformation to better his own health, and Sami candidly talked about his weight loss journey whilst performing all his hit songs and fan favourites. A concert that no one wanted to see the end of.
Best Song – Zaalima from Raees
From one of the most successful movies of 2017, this instant favourite was written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by the talented Arijit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur. The song has been described as showcasing Shah Rukh Khan at his romantic best, racking up over 130 million views on YouTube, making it one of the most streamed Hindi songs on the video sharing site. An obvious choice!
Best Punjabi – Suit by Guru Randhawa feat. ArjunOne of the most streamed songs on YouTube, with nearly 140 million views, Guru Randhawa teaming up with Arjun produced a true Punjabi classic. Taken from the film Hindi Medium, Arjun’s western vocals fused with Guru Randhawa’s Punjabi created an instant dance floor classic, appealing to the widest audience, young and old. The song has gone from strength to strength, spending numerous weeks on the official charts and continuing to receive airplay on major music outlets worldwide. The song has also been used in a T Series Mixtape collaboration.
Best Traditional Bollywood – Ghoomar from Padmavati
Easily one of the most talked about films in Bollywood, Padmavati has been the focus of much negative and positive press. Ghoomar however, was a welcome distraction for the team behind the film, with Shreya Ghoshal producing the vocal performance she has become infamous for. An instant Bollywood classic, fused with a traditional Bollywood feel, mean that Deepika Padekone can dance her way through a beautifully shot song, reminding of the success that Padekone and Ghoshal both enjoyed with Deewani Mastani.
Listeners Choice – Hawayein from Jab Harry Met Sejal
A film that was hyped as the next Jab We Met, ultimately failed to deliver, leaving many disappointed that even the pairing of Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma wasn’t enough to save the mediocrity of the script. A glimmer of brightness did shine out from the soundtrack however, in the form of the beautifully romantic Arijit Singh number, Hawayein. Penned by Irshad Kamil with music by Pritam, the song was one of the stand outs of the movie, and continues to be a listener favourite on Brekky With Shivi.
One To Watch – Shide Boss
Shide has been quiet on the scene for much of 2017, appearing on social media mainly to promote his acting appearances and various shows he was due to perform at. Promising bigger things in 2018, I genuinely believe this guy is not finished just yet. With his promising past offerings on the music scene and successful collaborations with producers and artists alike, Shide looks to be on to big things in 2018, and not just on the music scene. I’ll be keeping my eye on him, and I firmly believe you should be too!
Artist of the Year – Zack Knight
Returning in 2017 and matching his success in 2016, with five musical offerings, this has surely been Zack’s year. Showcasing his versatility as an artist, Zack released the fifth instalment of his hugely successful ‘Bollywood Medleys’ and followed up the success of his 2016 collaboration with Jasmin Walia with a similar dance track in Bom Diggy, employing Jasmin’s talents once again. Zack experimented with a full non-Hindi song in Cry For Me, and ended the year by releasing his much anticipated single, Galtiyan. His songs have consistently performed well in the charts and he continues to be one of the most successful British Asian artists on the scene today. Zack without a doubt, is my Artist of the Year.
Shivi’s Pick of the Bunch – Rita Morar
Rita has endured a turbulent year, with an illness threatening her ability to sing again. Via social media, Rita remained positive and showed her determination to power through and holding faith that she would be able to return to the vocation that she was born to do. Late 2017 saw Rita release a song she had been teasing for a while, Hari Hari Bol. The song is bhajan-like in nature and oozes gratitude as Rita confirmed she is able to return to the microphone once again. A true friend of Brekky With Shivi and an artist I will always support, Rita Morar is my Pick of the Bunch for 2017!

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