Society Tea & Urban Beat Project present Season 2 of 'Sounds of Society'

Sounds of Society is a genre-free, no-rules, and an all-inclusive approach to presenting music-making and its associated performing arts

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jul 3, 2020 5:42 PM
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A celebrated household name, Society Tea, in association with Urban Beat Project, curated by Laiq Qureshi, recently announced the launch of the Second Season of its live musical web series -#SoundsofSociety,, and are here with two brand new episodes. Episode 2 features a one-of-a-kind collaboration with beatboxing and looping artists - Mr Woodnote and Bellatrix and their arrangement ‘Sugar On My Sweets’, while Episode 3 will take you on a journey presenting unique sounds of Reggae music coming out of India, featuring French reggae heavy-weightNaâman, along with Cisco Kid, and be Wise on their amazing orchestration, ‘Know The Sunset, written by Nicolas Obino.

Sounds of Society is a genre-free, no-rules, and an all-inclusive approach to presenting music-making and its associated performing arts. It features musicians and their grassroots approach to making music, in an entirely collaborative format. Sounds of Society – Season 2 is shot with minimal fuss and equipment, and will feature both, edited as well as, one-take videos, to showcase the true organic nature of each episode.

Mr Woodnote, Bellatrix – Sugar on My Sweets 

The season’s second episode presents, Mr Woodnote, a saxophonist, composer and producer hailing from Bristol, UK, accompanied by Bellatrix, a fast-rising singer-songwriter, who also happens to be a professional bassist and former world beatboxing champion and is known to wear a number of different musical hats. Having brewed an exceptional arrangement titled, ‘Sugar On My Sweets’, both musicians are no strangers to spontaneity and are known for creating intricate structures on the fly. Having known about each other for a while, and despite the fact that both lived in the UK, this was the first time they got to perform and create something together. What you hear is absolutely unplanned, and showcases their versatility and sheer genius both, as a musician and as a producer. 

Naâman, Cisco Kid, Bee Wise – Know The Sunset

Calling India their home in winters, we have three versatile European musiciansNaâman, Cisco Kid, and Bee Wise collaborating in the third episode of the season, who will take you on a mesmerising journey into the unique sounds of Reggae music coming out of India through an amazing orchestration titled, ‘Know TheSunset’, written by Nicolas Obino. Martin Mussard better is known as Naâman to the Reggae massive, is a 27-yr-old, who has won the Les Victoires du Reggae, ranking second most programmed artist on the festival circuit in France in 2016, while Bee Wise is a Producer, Sound System Operator and a Live Musician, delivering Top Selections that flows from Roots from the 70's to the most recent Stepper Sounds out of UK and European Sound Systems, and Cisco Kid, a Reggae Roots Dub selecta, expressing himself through the mic and his fine selection spreading the word of love and unity. This composition is another example of musical spontaneity, as the whole structure and composition came about one beautiful evening on the cliffside by the sea in Goa, capturing the essence in its purest and raw form. Each artist has dedicated their lives to the genre, as they live, eat and breathe reggae music.

An elated Karan Shah, Director, Society Tea said, “Music, an integral part of our lives, has the power of bringing together people across borders, just the way tea does. With Sounds of Society: Season 2, we aim at bringing soulful melodies by collaborating with versatile artists. This season has an amazing line-up and is all set to brew a flavourful experience, with the aim of etching music and tea onto the hearts of our audience. We strive towards keeping this spirit of innovation alive while spreading happiness.” 

Produced by Urban Beat Project and curated by Laiq Qureshi, the collaborations in each episode represent the already existing and ever-evolving synergies in the musical world. Much of what is captured is entirely spontaneous, without any concrete rehearsals. “Some of the best music is made when musicians come together without any real aim in mind, and when they are free of going anywhere particular with their music. Like in a jam. What comes out is pure and organic. This what we want to showcase.” says Laiq Qureshi, founder of Urban Beat Project.

Sounds of Society departs from a need to showcase any big industry names but hopes to feature what music sounds like on the street, on a terrace, in your bedroom, on the beach, or in your backyard. The only real aim is to document the social and cultural milieu in which we live, by presenting the sounds of today.

Artists featured so far are – DJ URI, Delhi Sultanate, Hang Massive, Delhi 2 Dublin, Vasuda Sharma, GowriJayakumar, ChandanaBala, Nush Lewis and more.

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