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Some Uptown Funk by Benny Dayal

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In a virtual chat after his show, singer Benny Dayal said it wasn’t too often that he got a chance to do an entire set focussing on Funk and Rhythm n’ Blues songs. A while earlier, he and his band ‘Funktuationz’ had done their own take on songs by American singer and 11-time Grammy winner Bruno Mars.

Wearing his trademark cap and designer glasses, Dayal was performing in the third episode of the Jim Beam Originals series presented by PayTM Insider and curated and promoted by Turnkey Music & Publishing and Music Plus. In less than an hour, he did 10 songs, including six Bruno Mars hits.

Beginning with the popular number 24K Magic, Dayal moved on to the reggae- backed Locked Out Of Heaven. Bassist Carl Fernandes and drummer David Joseph were tight on these tracks and showed great form on later numbers like Versace On The Floor.

After the Tamil song Oora Paaru, inspired by Mars and featuring smooth guitaring by Joshua Satya, the band moved on to Finesse, from the 2016 album 24K Magic. Other highlights were the super-hit That’s What I Like, and the Tamil songs Poovey and Romba Bad Boys, from their EP Funk Katcheri. A slowed-down version of the huge Mars hit Uptown Funk concluded the show.

One missed the extremely popular Just The Way You Are and Grenade from his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. All through, the band was tight, with keyboardist Alok Merwin and percussionist Allwyn Jeya Paul completing the line-up. Like in the first two episodes featuring the Colonial Cousins and sitar exponent Purbayan Chatterjee, the sound quality was first-rate. Dayal, known for his Hindi and Tamil film songs, led the band marvelously.

The next part will feature the extra-popular Shaan, who will do his adaptations of Bryan Adams hits. Get ready for some Summer Of 69 in the Winter of 20.

Narendra Kusnur

Author: Narendra Kusnur

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