Posted on June 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Bollywood Music What's Happenin'

Banjo player, Matt Menefee featured on Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani's soundtrack!

The song ‘Illahi’ reprise, from the soundtrack of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has Pritam Chakraborty teaming up with the talented Banjo-playing Matt Menefee!

The banjo and guitar played in the song is by Matt Menefee who is the creator of the band Cadillac Sky and who’s played and toured with Grammy Winner Mumford and Sons. His banjo was not cutting through the heavy drumming of Arijit Singh’s version as much as tapas’s dotara so the music team- Pritam, Matt, Sunny made another version. Sunny added a groove with Matt’s guitar and banjo and they had this more authentic bluegrass arrangement ready. Mohit Chauhan too loved this version.

“When Mohit came to dub the song he insisted he wanted to sing on this version” says Pritam Chakraborty.


Matt also played for another hit track ‘Balam Pichkari’ which is Matt’s favorite song. Blending the eastern and western styles is a hit in Bollywood these days, maybe it’ll work wonders for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani? Be sure to check out the movie releasing May 31st!

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