Colonial Cousins (Debut Album)

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In October 1996, under Magnasound Label, the duo released their debut album self-titled Colonial Cousins (album). The album broke all records including hitting platinum sales in India. The duo also won the MTV Asia Viewer's Choice Award and then later on bagged the US Billboard Viewer's Choice Award too! The exceptional Indian and Western music fusion generated a new genre of music and won hearts of millions of music lovers worldwide.

Their deubt album opened up the doors for Indian sounds to be used in western sounding songs. The style is essentially fusion, with a lot of songs opening with recognisable Hindustani or Carnatic ragas and then segueing into a more pop style. A further cachet to the album is that the musicians who worked on it range from Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, winner of a Grammy Award for his invention of the 14-stringed guitar, to sessions musicians who have worked with the likes of Madonna, Boy George, Annie Lennox and other big names in the Western world.

The album had two major hit singles Krishna and Sa Ni Dha Pa (Never Know the Reason) for both of which their music videos were repeatedly played on music channels.

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