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Alexis fulfils Hindi musical dream

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

ALEXIS Reuben fulfilled a life-long dream when he launched Badhadin ka Sandesh, a Hindi Christmas album, in the Sugar City last week.

Indian Christian hymns that include carols his mother Grace used to sing as lullabies were re-recorded and revived for the new generation with the assistance of producer George Low and guitarist Claude Larry.

"The iTaukei have their Christmas hymns and the English are readily available but there was not much for the Hindi-speaking population," the Christian music artist said.

"That is what inspired me to go ahead with this project and just seeing the smiles on people's faces when they hear the songs is the best feeling."

Badhadin ka Sandesh is a collection of Indian Methodist hymns cleverly reproduced in foot-stomping reggae style, complete with introductions by Alexis' father, Reverend Emmanuel Reuben.

The one-drop Hindi Christian hymns also feature the voices of Grace and Alexis' wife, Jyotika.

"My wife comes from a very famous musical family from Labasa.

"Her father is Emmanuel Manu, a well-known pop singer on Vanua Levu. So music runs in her blood," Alexis shared.

Speaking at the launch of the album, Mr Reuben said the project would not have been made possible without the blessing of God and he urged Hindi-speaking Christians to purchase the CD and enjoy it over the Christmas period.

Anyone interested can contact Alexis on 9287268.


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