Top Covered Songs from Pakistan -- Part 1


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Top Covered Songs from Pakistan -- Part 1
A difficult art can either make or break; since covered songs are already been familiarized by masses so creating a new version will be highly scrutinized a missed note or riff would easily be picked up and can collapse the whole song. Sharing best covered songs paying homage to not only to legends behind the song but also the craftsmanship of covering artist; beautifully tackling the mastery of the greats.

1. Teray Ishq Main covered by Bell:

Bell is a Karachi based band with music style reflecting blues and a tilt towards natural acoustic. The ballad style cover of Teray Ishq Main as contrast to the original version which is a mixture of traditional folk sounds specific to Sindhi culture emanating from Allan Fakir and typical pop style one can relate with Muhammad Ali Shahki. Bell has managed to maintain the soul of the song despite of drastic changes in compositions and sequence of lyrics. Cover starts off beautifully keeping a constant tempo in background with vocals bringing in the desired variation. A must listen.

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 Bell, Allan Fakir and Muhammad Ali Shahki

2. Laiyaan Laiyaan covered by Saad Sultan Feat. Rizwan Anwar:

Lollywood songs needs some decent covering since lyrics are never complimented by music; it’s like age old flute and tabla mixture for every song, nothing against flute or tabla but definitely against the pitch with which they are played. Experimentation is lacking overdependence on age old percussion instruments have made lollywood songs boring to their very crux. Saad Sultan’s haunting vocals covering Laiyaan Laiyaan from Chooriyan (Movie) is like a breath of fresh air. Vocals bring the song to its full power with guitar filling the background since lyrics and ballad nature of the song are its core qualities; an awesome job is done by Rizwan as he never tries to dominate the song and leaves it more to the vocalist. Tempo of the song is intelligently redefined to increase the emotions behind the song.

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 Rizwan Anwar, Saad Sultan and Saira Naseem

3. Umraan Langiyaan Pabbaan Paahr covered by Mujeeb Mustafa & Junaid Syed:

Asad Amanat Ali Khan a true legend hailing from Patiala Gharana; his early exit did left a hole in classical genre but did leave a legacy in form of his students. Once had a chance of listening to Ustad Asad Amant Ali Khan, may his soul rest in peace, his voice has this sublime effect and the way he delivers each phrase is a journey on its own. Mujeeb’s vocals definitely has that classical appeal but do lack that maturity of understanding the soul behind the lyrics; the understanding would grow with time and he’s definitely on the right path as he does have the required natural talent and vigor to make big in the already crowded industry but the advantage that he has is he stands apart as he represents the true fusion of classical-folk and modern music. Mujeeb’s cover of Umraan Langiyaan reflects the essence of folk rock a genre yet to be explored by Pakistani musicians; a combination of acoustic guitar, tabla and Junaid filling in with a maraca type instrument to add the desired percussion effects with heartfelt Punjabi lyrics contemplating years passed far and away (Umraan Langiyaan Pabbaan Paahr) in whole an emotional journey, with Mujeeb its effective but with Ustad Asad Amanat Ali Khan it takes you places more like a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

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 Mujeeb Mustafa, Junaid Syed and Asad Amanat Ali Khan

4. Pyar Di Ganderi covered by Symt:

Don’t even bother listening to the original; only reason I added since had to keep up with the format. Original is a typical mujra track with beats going all over the place so the lady gets to shake everything. I don’t know how we ended up here from the traditional Punjabi Folk Songs like Heer, Mirza, Jugni and many more depicting love, bravery and character of Punjabi people to Pyar Di Ganderi. People need to get rid of this sick culture since culture represents societies and with this we are only representing the sickness among us. Naseebo Lal is like the evil out there to counter Reshma; read some place that courts even banned like 40 odd songs sung by her considering inapt vulgarity potrayed. Coming to the cover if the composition is great, how raunchy or double meaning the lyrics brilliance is never too far off. Symt has finally started to get due credit since they started off, better late than never; versatility is the key to their music from haunting vocals to memorable riffs. Haroon Shahid lead vocalist for Symt has come a long way since his first appearance on the stage of Sangeet Icon, he’s one of those self-taught musicians starting off by imitating various legends in Pakistani Music Industry and now he himself stands as an inspiring story in the world of Soft Rock.

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 SYMT and Naseebo Lal

5. Who Humsafar Tha by Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch (QB):

Agreed the song was popularized more by the record breaking drama serial Humsafar but on itself as well the track hold much versatility to be included in the top covers of Pakistani Songs. This review holds more or less the same essence as the review of the cover of Umraan Langiyaan Pabbaan Paahr, QB though a brilliant vocalist with inspiration driven from mostly Sufi Musicians has a particularly constant higher pitch as compared to Abida Parveen. Normally vocal teacher would classify learning singers based on their conformability with either higher notes or lower notes but some exceptional cases who have this god-gifted talent to cater higher and lower notes to perfection and Abida Parveen in one of those god-gifted talents. Who Humsafar Tha with QB is brilliance but with Abida Parveen it’s a journey. In addition one has to take into account the composition of the track as well; since the song was mainly composed as a soundtrack for a drama, the arrangements of pitches and the vocal texture were such that in order to enhance the emotions behind a particular scene in the drama.

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 Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch and Abida Parveen

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