Keba Jeremiah

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Keba Jeremiah Arul
Birth nameKeba Jeremiah Arul
Also known asKeba, Keba Jeremiah, Arul
Born18 October 1986
Al Karama, Dubai
GenresAcoustics, jazz, rock, contemporary R&B, blues rock, funk, Gospel, Pop, worship, world[1]
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar, keyboards, Bass guitar, drums, Electric Bass, electric guitar, piano[1]
Years active2008–present

Keba Jeremiah (born 18 October 1986) is an Indian guitarist and music producer. He works on musical soundtracks for Gospel songs, Bollywood, Tollywood (Telugu), Kollywood music industry.

Early life[change | change source]

Born and brought up in Al Karama, Dubai, Keba Jeremiah started playing music at the age of seven. He began taking guitar lessons as a kid. Keba started off on the acoustic guitar and later learnt keyboard and drums along with his two brothers. At the age of ten, he started playing for various audiences at church programs and Christian events. For his school band, he tried his hands at the bass guitars. As the guitarist of the Our Own English High School band, he won awards at various inter-school level competitions. By the year 2004, for pursuing a professional engineering degree, he flew to India and joined the Hindustan College of Engineering, Chennai. Keba started playing at the New Life Assemblies of God Church every Sunday. He drew inspiration watching various leading musicians in the city at work. As a youth, Keba spent hours jamming with friends and experimenting with different sounds and styles. He and his friends formed a band titled "Fire Frenzy". In 2005, he began teaching music at the Institute of Music Technology, Chennai, run by John Satya.[2]

Musical career[change | change source]

After his graduation he formed a band titled Fire Frenzy a Christian band that which consisted of Keba and his college mates. Though he didn't realize it at the time, playing at Church and with friends jump-started his musical journey. During this time, he also started teaching music at the Institute of Music Technology, Chennai. He began his industry career with music director James Vasanthan for the soundtrack of the 2008 Tamil film Subramaniapuram that grabbed various awards and critical acclaim for its music. Further, Keba collaborated with composers Yuvan Shankar Raja, Manikanth Kadri, Harris Jayaraj, Ouseppachan, A. R. Rahman, James Vasanthan, Anirudh Ravichander, D. Imman etc. . Keba has also played at various live shows collaborating with artists like Lesle Lewis, Naresh Iyer and Vijay Prakash and international artists namely Don Moen, Bob Fits, Steve Kuban and Sean Michael. He has also lent his musical knowledge for different television shows and music competitions like Airtel Super Singer, Sun TV's "Ooo La La.." and Vijay TV's "Kadhal Unplugged".

Post the success of Keba's work for the songs of 2011 musical drama film Rockstar scored by A. R. Rahman, the former has been frequently collaborating with the composer's film score outings.[2][3]

As of 2013, he has played various guitars in an estimated 500 different albums. In 2013, he worked on Rahman's film soundtracks Kadal, Maryan and Raanjhanaa. In the same year, his work for songs of the film Sutta Kadhai, Vanakkam Chennai and both blockbuster Bollywood films Chennai Express and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani were noteworthy.[2] Along the way, Keba Jeremiah also played in various Gospel Albums and concerts. One day, he was called by A.R Rahman to his studio to meet him for his next project. Keba started showing his amazing skills with his guitar and Rahman was amazed with Keba's groove and play. Its then when Joshua Prince started to work along with Keba Jeremiah in Maryan, Kadal, 24 etc.

In 2013, he had wrapped up work on independent albums of artists Andrea Jeremiah and Malavika Manoj.[4] Keba then has continued to venture in his musical career and played over 800 songs along his journey. Keba Jeremiah is currently attached to a band name RIJK ( Rodney Jayaraj, Isaac Dharmakumar, John Praveen & Keba Jeremiah ). RIJK is popular in making cover songs both in Gospel and Tamil songs. The group plays more of a mix genre of Rock, RNB, Jazz and Fusion. Number of Indian singers have worked along in their cover songs such as Pragathi Guruprasad, Jonita Gandhi, Andrea Jeremiah, Nikhita Gandhi, Alisha Thomas, and Ash King.

Musical journey[change | change source]

Meandering along the music path, Keba also claimed another musical milestone- film music. Over the last 3 years, Keba has accumulated an impressive repertoire of Tamil and Hindi films including Paiya, Pasanga, Engeyum Kadhal, Savari, 3 Kings, Avan Ivan, Mankatha, 3, Action Replay, Rockstar and Ek Deewana Tha.

Not one to leave any avenues of music unexplored, Keba has also played at various live shows collaborating with artists like Leslie Lewis, Naresh Iyer and Vijay Prakash and Christian artists like Don Moen, Bob Fits, Steve Kuban and Sean Michael. He has also lent his musical talent for different television shows and music competitions like Airtel Super Singer, Sun TV's Ooo La La.. and Vijay TV's Kadhal Unplugged.

Keba works on a lot of experimental music and plans to dedicate a lot more time working on unplugged music. He is currently working on his own album and plans to infuse it with the different styles of music he has perfected over the years. His playing style is greatly influenced by Jazz, Rock, RnB and acoustic styles of music. The man who makes music must take a break some time, and when he unwinds, Keba's playlist includes music from different genres- Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Four play, Nikelback, Metallica, Lincoln Brewster, Jeremy Camp, Michael W. Smith and Jimmy Needham being some of his current favourites.

Be it playing live at a concert or in the controlled environs of a studio, irrespective of the style of music, Keba treats each new song, each familiar note as a brand new experience- his tribute to the art form and his secret to being a musician who is constantly evolving. A musician who strives to make mellifluous music every moment.

Live concerts[change | change source]

As a music director[change | change source]

Demonte Colony is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language horror film written and directed by R Ajay Gnanamuthu, featuring Arulnithi in the lead role. Also starring Ramesh Thilak, Sananth and Abhishek Joseph, the film is a fictional story set at the Demonte Colony in Alwarpet, Chennai. Demonte Colony features cinematography by Aravinnd Singh, songs composed by guitarist Keba Jeremiah, and an original score by S. Chinna. One of the most popular song in this movie is Vaada Vaa Machi sung by Anirudh Ravichander. Music director A.R Rahman took to his Twitter to wish Keba on his new endeavor which reads "Wishing our guitarist, Keba, the best in his first musical venture"

Instruments[change | change source]

For Recording purposes, Keba uses Guitar Rig for his classic guitar tones, and very much in love with Neumann condenser mics to record his acoustic piece very precisely.

List of movies Keba Jeremiah played[change | change source]

Tamil /Hindi Movies/Album

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "KEBA JEREMIAH - Online Student". The Berklee Music Network. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 P Sangeetha. "Kadal was the toughest album". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. Amanda Sodhi (3 October 2011). "A Look at AR Rahman's Rockstar". Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. "Kadal was the toughest album – Keba". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  5. "A. R. Rahman - The Official Site". Retrieved 13 June 2019.
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  7. Aditya Music (21 May 2017), Thakita Thakajham Song With Lyrics || Raarandoi Veduka Chuddam Songs || Kalyan Krishna, DSP, retrieved 28 May 2018
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  9. Ruby Ruby Video | SANJU | Ranbir Kapoor | A R Rahman | Rajkumar Hirani, retrieved 19 August 2019
  10. Jeremiah, Keba (23 July 2019). " Played guitars on this track for @arrahman in @actorvijay 's #Bigil !! Sung by the boss himself and @sashasublime !! Listen , Enjoy & Share #Singappenney". @kebajer. Retrieved 24 July 2019. External link in |title= (help)