Music Crossing Borders


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Music Crossing Borders
Pakistani musicians have long been over-shadowed by social and political turmoil running havoc in the country but amidst this state of confusion certain exceptional talents rose from the sea of talent and made their names known across the world.

1. The Face of Love by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder:

Highly unorthodox and bizarrely appropriate combination of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder provided Dead Man Walking with a strong mixture of background scores. The depth of Eddie’s voice and range of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan conveyed the universal message of love and affection which has been lost among many. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder both brilliantly adjust their vocals so the song comes across hauntingly beautiful and not an absurd combination of east meets west, like many other songs out there.

2. The Long Road by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder:

Face of Love next in line, compliments The Long Road and adds another gem to the already breath taking soundtrack of Dead Man Walking. The sound of harmonium and tabla is not lost on the listener; indicating influence and respect for the talent emanating from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The Long Road is a modernized intoxicating Qawwali; the unconventional teaming up of Nusrat and Eddie led to the origination of first of its kind Qawwali coming from West. Lyrics of this track do subjugate a deeper meaning unlike many brilliantly composed songs coming from West having superficial and childish lyrics with no meaning.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had to face strong criticism from multiple Muslim sects for doing this project considering some negative elements in the plot of the movie.

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 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder

3. Raanjhanaa by Shiraz Uppal:

Latest in the installment of Pakistani musicians performing in Bollywood is Shiraz Uppal with Raanjhanna. The track is backed by a strong composition by A. R. Rahman and a well-made movie. Raanjhanna engulfs the brilliance of A. R. Rahman and melodious vocals of Shiraz Uppal and outcomes an inspiring effort complimenting the pace of the script.

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 Shiraz Uppal with Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush
 Shiraz Uppal with Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush

4. Yeh Hai Meri Kahani by Strings:

Strings one of the most iconic bands in Pakistan; in my opinion were the first to revolutionize Bollywood music from its core structure comprising mainly of soft pop to soft rock. Yeh Hai Meri Kahani the track composed by Shuja Haider and sound engineering by Muhammad Ishaq Nazar reflects extreme intensity and compliments the concept of the movie. Combination of brilliant guitar riffs, violins filling in and inspiring poetry backed by haunting vocals. Strings for me is not Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia alone, there are only 50% of what they are if not backed by poetic skills of Anwar Maqsood. Yeh Hai Meri Kahani provides originality to not so original Zinda.

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 Strings and Zinda

5. Let Go by Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan with co-singers Fin Greenall & Salim-Sulaiman:

Let Go filled with emotional intensity performed by Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Fin Greenall & Salim-Sulaiman as part of musical television series The Dewarists. Shafqat adds his ever so soulful voice to this track which reflects a combination of techno and eastern fusion with amazing bass-line. The techno part is a bit overwhelming since the composition already a mixture of eastern and acoustics, techno could have been kept down a notch in order to maintain the simplistic brilliance one associates with eastern fusions. Composition of the track could had been better shaped if fusion was a combination of gospel effect as contributed by Shafqat and mixture of soul jazz and eastern classical; still track appreciated by many works for me because of Shafqat’s brilliance not too big on techno and eastern fusion.

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 Shafqat Amanat Ali, Fin Greenall, Sulaiman Merchant and Salim Merchant

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