Following the sudden and tragic death of musician Kuly Ral of popular Brit-Asian group RDB, his family have come together to release a poignant music video in memory of the late singer. Kuly, who passed away on the 22nd of May 2012 from a brain tumour, was one of the iconic figures of the international bhangra music industry and together with brothers Manj and Surj, they were Punjabi DJ production team, Rhythm Dhol and Bass (RDB).
His bereaved family, along with record label Three Records, have released a special song and memorial video to remember the international musician. The song, called Yaadan (Memories) has been written by Kuly’s father Harjog Singh and sung by Kuly’s brothers Manj and Surj. The song also features a verse sung by their father. The music and production of the track was composed by Kuly last year.
Speaking about the recording of the emotional song ‘Yaadan’, Manj said: “This song was the hardest one we have ever had to sing, and was very emotional for us all. Dad would tear at every line he would sing. This song is from the heart and we hope the world appreciates it.”
Kuly’s death was a huge blow not only to bhangra music but to the Indian film industry as well, with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar commenting on micro-blogging website Twitter: “Just heard about Kuly from RDB`s sudden demise. Still reeling from the shock of the news. RIP.”
As a lasting legacy to Kuly, his family and friends have set up a ‘Just Giving’ Memorial Page for pledges towards BrainTumour UK.
In a further tribute to international producer Kuly, urban bhangra songstress Nindy Kaur will release a track featuring Kuly’s vocal and a hook line produced for her by Kuly before he passed away.
RDB are internationally recognised for blending western genres with traditional Punjabi beats and vocals. The band were behind such popular chartbusters such as Shera Di Kaum Punjabi from ‘Speedy Singhs’,Yamla Pagla Deewana, and Aloo Chaat. Their latest Bollywood song, Sadi Gali from the film ‘Tanu weds Manu’, was a super hit and is still played around the country in nightclubs and weddings.
The memorial track Yaadan can be downloaded for free from RDB’s Facebook page.