Gig Dates - 2013

Testimonials

Testimonials

The 515 crew led by the talented Shama, brilliantly supported by the evergreen Chirag & great entertainer Nimesh were awesome on 5th May at City Pavilion.

We had Shama & her crew for the Engagement party where we had the best trio in music industry - Shama, Chirag & Nimesh play some superb tracks. 
Whether it is a mehfil or dance settings the talented group always excel with superb sing-along melodies.

We have seen Shama & her crew perform so many times & every time they raise the bar with brilliant performances. The amazing thing is that each show is unique & diverse with all songs suited to the audience.

Shama’s great versatility in arranging shows & entertaining the audience all year round with her sought after group gives us all an opportunity to enjoy music at its best- no matter what the occasion.

Keep it up Shama & 515 crew. Thank you for entertaining us all music lovers.

Best wishes

- Praful & Kalpna Lakhani, City Pavilion, May 2019

 

Lot of feedback we received and everyone enjoyed the music a lot on 2nd August at The Hive. So did the families and all close relatives and friends. Thanks a lot for great performance and superb time, to you and the band.
- Pradip & Jayshree, The Hive, London, August 2018

 

Having met Shama and the 515 Crew at a couple of events I photographed over he last 2 years, it was without question that we would be using them whenever we had a family event. Last weekend, my brother and I threw our parents a surprise 65th birthday party and I was super excited to have secured a booking for this auspicious occasion with the 515 crew and they most certainly didn’t disappoint!!! They arrived promptly to setup and worked within the limited space we had at our venue without any complaints. I asked Shama if the group would be able to play a handful of my dads favourite songs from the 70’s and 80’s era including Santana, Wilson Picket and James Brown and although it was material that they hadn’t done before, they took time to rehearse in the week and surprised us with their amazing delivery on the main night. My dad and guests were over the moon! I’ve had nothing but positive comments from our guests on the 515 Crew’s super professional musical ability and singing. Their Indian songs took our guests back into time and found it refreshing to hear some of the old bollywood songs with a modern and current feel. I really cannot express how delighted myself, my parents and our guests are with the 515 Crew. 

 

I dealt with Shama from the initial phone call to check on the teams availability and she’s always been a pleasure to deal with including on the night itself. I most certainly will be using them when we have another event and will be recommending them to my clients too!

 

I genuinly thank you from the bottom of my heart.

- Kam Parmar (Kreative Klicks Photography), Unity Hall, Barton, July 2018

We wanted to personally thank you for a wonderful evening on Saturday! Everyone enjoyed your songs and had a great time! Thank you also for getting Sanjay out of his shell and onto the dance floor! Best wishes

- Dipika and Sanjay, Venue 260, Luton, April 2018

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We write to say Thank You for the entertainment at our charity event. Professional, versatile and with an extremely diverse repetoire, the music was enjoyed by all. Your music embodies character, emotion and power. You started the event on a strong note and, critically, ended on an even stronger note. You were able to exceed our requirements with finesse. I will be booking you again in the near future and would not hesitate to recommend the band to anybody enquiring. It was impressive how professional, you, Chirag and all the band have been from start to finish. We thank you again and hope you enjoyed performing for us as much as we enjoyed dancing for you!'

With all best wishes,

- Ladva Family, Campion School, Hornchurch, November 2017

We had an absolutely amazing time and all the credit goes to you and the crew for your fantastic performance. It was a pleasure to listen to all those golden oldies and even more enjoyable to dance to them. You all kept the dance floor rocking and engaged and made it all so personal too. After all these years you are still the best. Everyone still talking about the great time they had. Thank you so much!

- Darshana Parekh, St. John's Hotel, Solihull, August 2017

 

Just wanted to thank you again for last night it was a phenomenal performance despite the technological issues with the hall, everyone had an amazing time and couldn't stop raving about you! Please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team. You all rock!

- Krishna Radia, Ladywood Estate, August 2017

 

Thank you so much to you and 515 for providing such fantastic entertainment during my mendhi night on Fri 21 July at Sattavis Patidar in Wembley. Each and every guest was so complimentary of you. Everyone commented on how engaging the band was. They loved the part where you asked me to join you for a song (although I'm fairly sure it was you they enjoyed!). My family from Chicago and St Louis was so impressed, they literally could not stop praising you. Apparently the talent in the US is not the same! We made the right choice when we selected you and your band. You guys are worth every penny. I would recommend you without any hesitation whatsoever. Wish you all the best going forward.
- Nisha Patel, Sattavis Patidar Wembley, July 2017

 

I just wanted to send you a quick email to say a very big "Thank You" for the performance at our Dinner & Music Night on 22nd October in Woking to celebrate my wedding to Nashita!!  You and the band were brilliant, everyone had a great time and they all keep telling us that the night was so much fun. I personally also want to say that you guys were more entertaining than I could have imagined. The choice of song you picked out for our 'first dance' was excellent as it really is one of my favourite songs! :) Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the band. I hope that we can see you and the band perform again some time in the future. Once again, from myself, Mum and Nashita, thank you for making our night special.

- Chandresh Pankhania, The Lord Roberts Centre, Woking, Oct 2016

Just wanted to say an absolutely massive thank you to you, the band and the DJ for yesterday. You guys all nailed it! I want to just re-live the night again to hear you guys. You really were fantastic and every time we see you I'm sure you all just get better and better! Still can't believe how many people you got up dancing between starters and mains, no one wanted to eat! Haha. I've heard only good things already about you guys and especially how you catered for everyones different genres and generations! It was great, so truly a big thank you from the bottom of both of our hearts.
- Sundeep & Shivani Kapur , Ditton Manor, Oct 2016

Thank you so much to you and your 515 crew for the stellar performance yesterday ! You guys rocked the house down for the older and younger generation! I loved your style, versatility in music to meet the needs of the audience. Thank you so much! Everyone enjoyed the party and the positive comments are still streaming through! I hopefully will see you again at the Lohana party. Shama your personality is infectious! All- I highly recommend these musicians! Totally awesome!

- Mayuri Gandesha, Venue 5, September 2016

Shama, I would like to Thank You and your band ( The 515 Crew) for the Best Night Ever!!! “You were Amazing” From the first communication & meeting with you I knew this would be the first of many events to come!! I loved dancing the night away in my Sari and please thank your sisters for helping me put the Sari on (I felt a million dollars). Everyone emailed me, Thanking me for an amazing evening and all enjoyed the music and the interaction of you and the band, getting everyone up on the dance floor. Could not have done it without you !!! Looking forward to our next event!!!

- Kim Taylor - K&W Healthcare – Kenton Hall, Harrow, September 2016

"Shama and the entire team at The 515 Crew were absolutely fantastic during our Mehfil function. We had several events during our wedding weekend but the Mehfil, for the majority of our guests, was the absolute favourite function. Several years ago we used the same group during my brother's wedding and they were brilliant; this year their performances were even better and the night could not be faulted. I can honestly speak on behalf of all of our guests in saying that The 515 Crew will provide you with a fantastic evening, and we thoroughly recommend them! Thank you again to the team!" 

- Ashee Dattani, Scalford Hall Hotel, Leicester, August 2016

Shama I would like to thank you and your band for the an amazing Mehfil performance on the 13th August 2016 at the Lakeside suite in Leicester. Even though we have had the honour of seeing you and your band perform at other functions, you guys are always bringing new and excited things to the evening, making sure the guests are entertained. You are constantly interacting with all the guest, fulfilling requests and making sure the entire event runs smoothly. The dance off games we played on the night was great and got all our guests involved and on their feet. Everyone at the event had a great night and are still taking about how great you and your band was. I would recommend Shama, Chirag and the band to anyone planning any kind of event, birthdays, party's, mehfils, whatever the event Shama and crew are the best and will make sure all your guest leave with great memories of the evening. Look forward to being at other events of yours.

- Nishant Mamtora, TheLakeside Suite, August 2016

Hope you are well. Just wanted to give you my feedback to the music . Everyone I spoke really enjoyed the music and you got the balance right in terms of doing a few classics & then more modern stuff. A couple of people who have heard you before said that this performance was even better than before. So thank you for helping make the whole evening a success.

- Sunil Nathwani, Ekta Centre, August 2016

Bindiya and I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much to you and your team (Chirag Rao, Nimesh Sangoi, and the rest of the 515 Crew.)  for such an amazing evening at our Mehfil. From first contact you made both of us feel at ease.  The way you and your team operate made organising the day alot easier for us.   After our meeting we were both so excited to see you guys perform and you certainly did not disappoint. Taking the time to perfect each song that we requested with such detail, it left not only us but all of our guests mesmerised. Chirag performance of Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking out Loud' was captivating and we really appreciate all your efforts to learn and practice new material for us....we are well aware how reluctant a lot of bands are to venture out of their set list. Your performance of Ek Din App was another amazing highlight.

Thank you once again, please pass on our gratitude to the rest of your team,  we hope to see you perform again in the very near future.

- Jay and Bindiya Karia, Sapphire Suite, Leicester, July 2016

Rajeev, I and both our families would really like to thank Shama, Nimesh, Chirag & 515 crew for the amazing performance at our wedding celebration on 30th April 2016.  We were nervous about the evening itself and how it would pan out but Shama and her team really made it the most memorable night. 

I booked Shama and 515 crew without having seen them perform before but can honestly say it was the best decision I made. Right from the time of booking, Shama was the easiest person to approach and deal with and conversations with her were so supportive and comforting which made a real difference when planning a wedding. 

We didn't have to provide any direction, the group are so versatile and did an incredible job, playing a huge range of songs from old classics to new to English. They kept all the guests entertained and by the end of the night, family and friends were on the dance floor enjoying themselves. We have since received so many compliments and many family and friends are looking to book Shama and 515 crew for their own events which is a testament to the outstanding job they did. 

We cannot thank Shama and the team enough for everything they did to make our wedding celebration an unforgettable night. We look forward to seeing you perform again soon! 

- Reena and Rajeev, Advait Centre, April 2016

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to each of you, Shama, Chirag, Nimesh and the 515 crew for an absolutely superb performance at our Mehfil night on Saturday 30th January, contributing to its huge success. You guys were amazing! We have received so many compliments from those who attended. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the diverse music and the balance between the old and new classics was just perfect! It was lovely to see everyone dancing and having a truly fun-filled evening which will surely be remembered for a very long time. Shama, personally it was a real pleasure dealing with you, you were very easy to approach and understood what we wanted. Your whole team handled the event with utmost politeness and professionalism. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Warm regards

- Ila Shah, Oshwal Association of the UK North Area, January 2016

Hi Shama I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to you and the band. Having you guys at our Diwali event last week made it extra special and the students thought you guys were fantastic. I have received lots of positive feedback and I would recommend you guys without reservations.  Thank you once again.

- Amy Hayer, ISH Events Manager, November 2015

Woooo, Shama and the 515 crew, what a fantastic group of musicians and entertainers. Shama and the crew turned our Mehfil night into a storm. Every conversation about the party with our friends has started with comments about Shama and the band. The comments range from ‘…her voice is like an instrument…’, ‘…the band can play, man…’, ‘…I’m converted to Hindi music…’, ‘…the signers got the most amazing voices…’, ‘…these guys are craftsmen…’, ‘…the young guy on the left - so cute..’ and…

 

From the first conversation when I was making enquiries about dates to the day after the event you are dealing with a warm, professional artists that brings clarity to all the big stuff and the fine details. We appreciated a whole bunch of free advice from Shama before the event and the odd email every so often to ensure everything was on track.

 

On the day the best thing we did was relax and leave the music in the hands of the pros – this what they do. They controlled the tempo, the songs and had the guests captivated from the get go. Apart from playing the expected Bollywood and Punjabi tunes that got everyone swaying and dancing and they even squeezed a Bob Marley tune or two.

 

It’s a pleasure to meet and hear folks like this.

-Dindi and Parminder, Oct 2015

I found Shama to be a wonderful delight to work with. We recently hired her and her band to perform at my sister's Sangeet night. In the build up to the event Shama was excellent to deal with. She solved a lot of our logistical issues and her team and particularly her sound engineer were all overly helpful and highly professional. And most importantly, after all the planning and all the stress comes the night; and the singing was just exceptional. Within minutes people were up and dancing and one of the greatest compliments we've had about the night was the music and the singing. I highly recommend Shama and her team and would have no hesitation in hiring them again for our next event. 

-Vim Chatwani, Sep 2015

 

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you,Chirag and the whole band! I was enjoying the sound check as i got ready and it was amazing! I know a lot of the guests really lovedit too. I can't thank you enough for making sure everything was perfect for the entrances and couldn't have

for anything more. I'll hopefully be able to see you on stage again soon and thank you in person as well. It turned out that Taj E who is a personal friend recognised your guitarist as well and was so excited that i had an amazing band at the wedding. 

Thank you all againfor making my special day so amazing.

- Selina Thanda, Aug 2015

“Shama and her band were exceptional in making my husband’s 50th birthday party an evening to remember.  I admire them for their punctuality and professionalism. The music was excellent Bollywood and Hollywood.  All my family and friends thoroughly enjoyed it, they still talk about the evening.  It was a wonderful feeling to see everybody dancing and singing with the team.  I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone and to hire them for any other future events.  Well done to all the singers and thank you so much for a remarkable performance”.

- Vanita Vekaria, May 2015

 

Shama and The 515 Crew deliver more than just a show – the clarity of vocals and passion in their performance left both us and the audience wanting more. The stand out highlight of Bollywood Fever 2015 was having Shama and The 515 Crew 'wow' those present, set against the perfect backdrop of Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf in the heartland of London's cultural district South Bank. Polite professionalism, whilst being able to perform to an expectant audience is a rare commodity in the entertainment industry, however Shama and The 515 Crew achieve this in abundance.

 

Comfy seats are not needed since by the end of the jam everyone will be on their feet shaking a leg!' 

- Mark Sarfo-Kantanka, Bollywood Fever Film Festival, May 2015

 

Once again you guys were amazing at the KMK Mehfil Night on 25th April, one of the most popular event organised by Kutch Madhaapar Karyalaya. Everyone loved it! Lots of compliments from the audience. Very talented group of musicians &  singers. Fantastic job of getting everyone singing along. Cannot thank you enough. What I like most about you Shama is that you are very easy to approach & you understand what we want and we cannot wait for you to perform again for us!!

- Shanta Siani, KMK Association London, April 2015

 

Shama and her band, The 515 Crew were exceptional in making my wedding reception a night many of us will never forget.

Being passionate about live music, I was adamant that the evening’s entertainment had to centre around a band and I was not left disappointed. The music was exceptional, diverse and energising which had everybody on their feet. Shama, Chirag and Nimesh were versatile singers who played to the crowd changing the tempo when required. Whether it was a Bollywood classic, a dance track or a Michael Jackson classic, they had everything in abundance. 

 

It was a joy to have had such talented singers and an outstanding band at my wedding reception. It is a night that my friends and family still talk about and want to re-live again simply because of the flawless entertainment present in Shama, Chirag, Nimesh and The 515 Crew. Collectively they had such a unique offering and I have no hesitation in recommending them. 

- Nilay Dassani, March 2015

 

Friday 5th December – What a night!  I think that at our Sunday reception, it was the talk of all the guests who had attended.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening, your band were amazing and your guest vocalist (cannot remember his name) simply knocked the audience out.  His ability to sing popular Indian, Classical, Qawali and western Pop left the younger audience screaming for more.  We exceeded the allotted time by 40 minutes and in all honesty, I really think we could have easily gone on for another two hours.  Absolutely superb evening and one that will be remembered for many years.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again really soon.

- Rex Shah, Libra Group - December 2014

 

Wow! What a performance! Believe me, the amount of praise i got from the written comments (sugestion slips) and also verbally about you and your group should make you proud of your abilities. I personally found you very professional, polite and straight forward to deal with. I will definitely recommend you to all my contacts. Please thank all you group members for a really enjoyable night on saturday. The place rocked!                 

- Anju Dedakia -KPS Women's Group, KP Centre, Harrow, October 2014

 

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Navnat Vanik Bhagini Samaj & our entire team to congratulate you for your outstanding performance on September 20th 2014. We have received hundreds of positive comments, not only for your music, but also for the way you got the audience involved. It made them feel part of the show!! Pure delight-rollicking good fun mixed with uplifting songs that made our heart sing. We will recommend you and your crew without reservations.
- Navnat Vanik Bhagini Samaj Committee, Hayes, September 2014

 

We are writing to thank you for your scintillating performance at our daughter Sheena’s Sangeet night. You, along with your accomplished musicians from 515 crew had the whole crowd of 400 absolutely enthralled all evening. Accompanied by your co-singers Chirag Rao and Sreejith, you delivered some intricate numbers, more so our favourite Kwaja Mere Khwaja (Jodha Akber) that still reverberates in our ears, well over a month after the event! It’s rare that audience get so captivated that they sing with you. Your team carried the event every moment of the evening, a fitting tribute to your talent. We are grateful to all of you for setting our important event alight with amazing music and making it such a success.

May God Bless you all!                                                                

- Mansukh & Shila Ganatra, Beckenham, Kent, May 2014

 

KMK audience had a fantastic evening! You guys were excellent! Can't thank you enough. I am getting a lot of messages. They are looking forward to next year!! I think as KMK audience is very jolly, we make a good team.

- Shanta Siani, KMK Association London, April 2014

 

On behalf of the OAUK North West committee, we would like to express our sincere thanks to you, Chirag and the 515 crew for contributing to the success of our International Women's Day celebrations and making it an evening to remember. You and your whole team surpassed our expectations once again with the amazing music, punctuality and professionalism. All the ladies cannot stop talking about the evening. It was a wonderful feeling to see everybody dancing and singing with you and your team. Thank you once again for a very memorable evening. We hope to see you soon.                                        

- Meena Shah, Oshwal Association UK North West Committee, March 2014

On behalf of my committee, I would like to express our profound gratitude to you and your team for contributing to the success of our event and making it a night to remember.  We have had nothing but positive comments about your performance and the quality of music.  You can perform to almost any genre whilst tailoring the music to meet the needs and tastes of your audience.  Once again you surpassed our expectations and have raised the bar again.  You meet the demands of your role with the highest standards, punctuality and professionalism. The evening is always too short when you perform and I look forward to your fourth performance with us.

- Kiran Patel, President - Leuva Patidar Samaj (Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton) October 2013

Shama is a versatile singer with an ability to sing all styles of Indian music. Shama and The 515 Crew's music combines both traditional Indian melodies with modern production and are great for the dance floor as well as just to listen to . I congratulate them on their music.  

- Ehsaan Noorani (Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Bollywood Music Directors)

 

Blessed with an enchanting voice and mesmerising personality, Shama is entering into the new generation of music with her latest stunning song, which catches your imagination immediately, right from the first notes it is played. A blend of Bollywood and UK Bhangra music, it comes with all the ingredients of being a potential hit song. A combination of good lyrics, catchy melody which is topped with foot tapping beat, great arrangements and superb production by one of the best composers and keyboard players in the UK, Hinal Pattani , this song song is surely to become the pride of every party and is must to listen.

- Channi Singh (Lead Singer & Song-Writer of legendary Bhangra Band, Alaap, commenting on Shama’s track, Diljaani)

 

FUNDRAISING EVENT IN AID OF ALBINISM FOR TANZANIA

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your performance at our Mehfil Charity Event in Aid of Albinism in Tanzania that we held on the 10th of April, 2010, at the Cavendish Banqueting Hall.Please also thank your musicians on our behalf, we will no doubt use your services again, and will not hesitate to recommend you.

- Ali Musani, President, Lions Club of Hadley Wood, November 2010

 

We are still recovering and cannot stop talking about the party, I have so much to tell Asul. I have to say a big big thank you to you. From the day we met you have been so inspiring to me and that is what gave me the strength to make the night perfect. The ambience that was in the air due to the music was amazing. I have to hand it to you guys to carry on after being completly put off by Sandeep. Asul thought your voice was amazing and that your whole band came out top. He has heard many bands in the past but this will always be his favourite. I know I did the ground work for the party but it was you guys who made my dream come true. Thank you so much! Also please say thanks to your singer again who danced with my sister in law, it meant alot to me and Asul. You not only have been the singer at the party but a true friend who has given me hope and encouragement which means a lot to me. Hope we can keep in touch. 

- Dipali Shah, April 2010

 

Greetings...Just wanted to say a big thank you from all of us at Brahma Kumaris for such a memorable event.  I think it must have been the first time that we had everyone in Global House singing and it was a wonderful feeling.  Your performance was the highlight of the evening and everyone specially loved the last song.  Nothing like fond memories of our own country...Once again, a big thank you to each one of you personally and hope that there can be more such evenings. In remembrance of the One...

- Jasu, Jaymini, Urvashi and all at the Brahma Kumaris

 

Thank you for your e-mail.You beat us to it - we wanted to say to you how much we enjoyed having you and your friends and for making our party so special and suceesful. Thanks once again! again!                                                                            

- Sheinul & Hassan Tejani (Music party)