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Thu 14 Sep 2006

The Tamil connection of Black Eye Peas' "The Elephunk Theme"

Category : world

I just realised that The Black Eyed Peas' Elephunk CD has a missing track - and its "The Elephunk Theme." Surprisingly when I finally hear it, its 'a remix of a Tamil song, Ilayaraja's "Unakkum Enakkum Aanandham" from "Sree Raghavendra" (c.1985)'. It was such an unlikely place for a Tamil song and a pleasant surprise. What will they mix in next?!

"...only S. Janaki's [the female vocalist] vocal track has been retained, alongwith Raja's funky bass from the original. Guess the fascination is only for female Indian vocals. Poor Malaysia Vasudevan!"

- "Elephunking Raja." minor scale, 09 Feb 2005 (with mp3).

Many Indian bloggers are wonderting how BEP stumbled on this 1985 track. In the process they have revived the original song in the internet!

"More recently, Hip Hop super group, Black Eyed Peas got hold of a virtually unheard of Ilayaraja tune (1985 track, Unakkum Enakkum from the movie, Sri Ragavendra) and remixed it - though the initial cuts of the album had this tune, entitled 'Elephunk theme', one could say that for fear of being sued, they did not release it on the later and more common releases - as per usual, it is available on the internet for listening! It will be interesting to find out how they actually got to hear this track that even the most ardent of Rajinikanth fans of South India would have long forgotten!"

- "[South] Asian Music through the agesÉ" By Ashanti Omkar. Kavita Chhibber, Nov 2005.

She also says, "In their album, 'Monkey business', they have credited and used samples from old Hindi musicians like Indeewar and Anandji & Kalyanji - showing the immense reach of Bollywood music over time, within internet age."

In "The Black Eyed Peas' Indian Connection" (30 Aug 2006), sawaan talks about one of the Hindi matches and provides relevant mp3s:

'BEP lifted a consistent part of the song "Yeh Mera dil" from the movie "Don" for "Don't Phunk with my Heart" including the funny opening music. They credit the song on their CD.'

Meanwhile, Teutoburg blasted "Unakkum Enakkum Aanandham" in the office, relishing in the befuddled looks from his coworkers!

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