Bol ke lab Azaad hain tere – Faiz Ahmed Faiz – Translation and Urdu Script Text

This post originally appeared at this fabulous blog. Do visit for some of the best posts on Urdu you will see. Do it before Urdu becomes anti national language. I hope IIT-Kanpur is not called upon to analyse and pass a judgement on this. From “Poems by Faiz: Translated with an introduction by V.G. Kiernan”, … Continue reading Bol ke lab Azaad hain tere – Faiz Ahmed Faiz – Translation and Urdu Script Text

CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 6, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Previous episode links here - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Mundeya - Yes, so a 'spanish-sque' start of this song is the doing of some amazing string play. QB makes a quiet call first to Mundeya and I almost immediately understood that she would not be used well in the song. More on that later*. Ali Sethi … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 6, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 5, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Review of past episodes here --> episode 1, episode 2, episode 3 and episode 4 Heeray - There is a reason why I cringe every time I read a comment on videos of my favourite artists that says 'I wish Bollywood finds you'. There is no such thing as 'subtle' in Bollywood and very few artists … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 5, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 4, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Previous episode scribbles here - 1, 2, 3. Dhola - Sahir ali bagna + Aima Baig kickstart this and Bagga literally kickstarts it. There are few songs which could get an honour of being called an audio meme, this one and especially Bagga in this, would steal those honours forever. He is perennially high-pitched and to the point of … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 4, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 3, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Episode 1 review here, Episode 2 review here Chal raha hoo main - The song starts with a mellow arrangement and even though Umair Jaswal cries out in pain, he doesn't sound out of tune, because after all it is a cry, well executed. I absolutely loved the Sarod play by Tanweer Tafu, who not only plays the bridge part … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 3, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

CokeStudio 12, Episode 2, Produced By: Rohail Hyatt – Review

Episode 1 review here Saiyaan - Shuja - I would get late to office if am listening to a song from him. I like his sincerity (which is now being promoted a lot, I must add). I love what Rachel does when she chooses to pick a microphone. This song though, from the word 'go' made … Continue reading CokeStudio 12, Episode 2, Produced By: Rohail Hyatt – Review

CokeStudio 12, Episode 1, Produced By: Rohail Hyatt – Review

Season Premiere Wohi Khuda hai - Trust Rohail Hyatt to kickstart the season with a gem that didn't really need polishing, till he polished it and presented to us. Atif Aslam, who has done more than his fair share of mesmerising work for Rohail Hyatt in the studio, gets spiritual and aces it. The silent … Continue reading CokeStudio 12, Episode 1, Produced By: Rohail Hyatt – Review

Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 10

I guess it was from the album milestone, and in true fashion of my ignorance, I was stuck on some other ghazal of this album for a very long time. Then, I discovered this one..Written by Qateel Shifai, the ghazal has a time stamp of late 1980s, with instrumentation on the milder side. A saxophone in … Continue reading Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 10

Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 9

Apart from the fact that the tune of this lovely ghazal sounds eerily similar to hum to yun apni zindagi se miley, this lovely little gem from Sudarshan faakir urges us all to stop and think. We all have so many new age pains, that we don't stop and think about pain and sufferring of others. What … Continue reading Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 9

Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 8

Sudarshan Faakir, like I mentioned earlier as well, has written some of the best ghazals for Jagjit Singh. So, I had this habit of not moving on to other ghazals in the album if I like one particular ghazal. Those were the days of exploring (and so much to expolore to), Jagjit singh ghazal wise. Passion is what … Continue reading Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 8

Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 7

Hasrat Mohani wrote this gem and it has been sung by so many people and counting. My favorite remains the one sung by Jagjit Singh in Kahkashan. Just hear the tamaam rendition by Jagjit singh and feel yourself floating in eternity...Gone too soon saheb, gone too soon. Rangeeniyon mein doob gaya...pairahan tamaam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw-lQnLco1o P.S. - I might use … Continue reading Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 7

Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 6

So this one was the opening ghazal in the album, that is rightly titled 'Rare gems' (HMV). Sounding a little like Mukesh, Jagjit singh sounds supremely in command singing somewhat simplistic but effective lyrics penned by Farooq Qaiser. The album opens with this ghazal and Jagjit singh ends his brief introduction to the album with … Continue reading Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 6

Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 5

Raat ko jaa baithtey hain, roz hum majnu ke pass, pehle annbann reh chuki hai, ab to yaarana rahe.. This wonderous ghazal, richly composed by Jagjit singh with an excellent rabaab and a mild mid eastern vibe, has been an old favorite. Penned by Riyaz Khairabadi, this was a part of Mirage, the album. H.M.V. made me buy … Continue reading Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 5

Heard of Jagjit singh? Ghazal 3

 First came across this lovely gem in the album called Desires. It was a weston casette release and that was a big deal. Why? Weston never got much traction with much of the action and that is why, I picked this up in an impluse. Yes, I remember these things...kuch aur cheezon mein dhyaan laga leta … Continue reading Heard of Jagjit singh? Ghazal 3

Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 2

Penned by Sudarshan Faakir, this was one of the earliest ghazals I came across from the man. It was 1993 I guess. I remember this being a part of a universal cassette titled 'Best of Jagjit singh'. There is a distinct character of everything that Jagjit singh performed which was penned by Sudarshan Faakir. The pain is too real, … Continue reading Heard of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal 2

2018 – Non Film Music + Dinchak Playlist + Useless Gyaan

This post first appeared here You can find old year round ups non filmi here - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 If you don't want to waste time reading (you know because blogging is dead), scroll down straight to the playlist. The post is filled with links and you must check out few … Continue reading 2018 – Non Film Music + Dinchak Playlist + Useless Gyaan

2018 – Film Music Round Up + Playlist

  In the last 5 years, 2018 was easily the best when it came to film music. It was also the year in which the drip irrigation music release technique ('release one song when you want and let them wait for the album') was at its peak(?). At the time this post is getting baked, … Continue reading 2018 – Film Music Round Up + Playlist

CokeStudio 11 round up + Playlist

My CokeStudio 2018 round up post.

F.i.g.h.t C.l.u.b

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I have loved Zohaib Kazi’s work for a while now and that is why I was over the moon to hear that he is going to be on the driving seat for season 11. He has anyway been associated till season 6. The buzz started with CokeStudio Explorer that featured 4 songs with varied artists and barring the last song, everything felt nice, solid and quite trippy. After explorer ended, curtain was raised on the season opener song and in came Hum Dekhenge. I loved it then and I love it now. The artist line up was just way too tempting and too good to be true. Anyway, I won’t go on and on episode-wise as you can find it here. Our picks from this season are as under:

Baalkada The way this song started made me soar like an airplane. Naghma & Lucky were fantastic! Jimmy Khan’s presence…

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CokeStudio11 Episode 7

You can read previous episode reviews by clicking on episode numbers here - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Jind Mahiya - A slow, almost reggae like pace mixed with obvious habibi influence is what catches your attention from the first second in the song. Shuja Haider's composition is as free flowing as his singing and even though … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 7

CokeStudio11 Episode 5

Old posts from this season- CokeStudio explorer 2018, Ep01, Ep02, Ep03 and Ep04 Malang - Sahir Ali Bagga & Aima Baig sound wonderful together and what a wonderful site to see Tanveer Hussain back in the studio. I like the tune of the song but am just at pains to understand the weird and distracting lighting that seems … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 5

Manmarziyaan – Music review (Text only)

You can skip this and listen to a clipped version of the below review (due to B.B.C. duration constraints) here This review was published on moifightclub.com here Anurag Kashyap is back, this time with a love story, teaming up with Aanand L Rai as producer. Manmarziyaan is going to premiere at the TIFF 18. While … Continue reading Manmarziyaan – Music review (Text only)

CokeStudio11 Episode 1

You can read my thoughts on CokeStudio Explorer 2018 here As has been a welcome tradition since season 8, the season 11 season opener and artist introduction was also done by a song and this was something that has affected almost everyone who has explored poetry and who understands Urdu. Hum Dekhenge was premiered about a month … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 1

Laila Majnu 2018 – Music review

You can listen to the review of this album here. I apologise for the bad quality of sound, all my fault. This review appeared first on B.B.C. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06jqmhp Do yourself a favour and explore Katyo chuko at every platform you can. Mohammed Muneem Niazi is a treasure. Loved the song. a bit. too. much. Pity … Continue reading Laila Majnu 2018 – Music review

CokeStudio Explorer – 2018

It is hard for me to get excited about most of the music which is coming out these days. 2014-fication of music on Indian scene happened much before achche din of 2014.  Long time ago when social media wasn’t about getting employment/assignments through ‘liking’ and ‘retweeting’, we used to have a good set of music … Continue reading CokeStudio Explorer – 2018

Namit Das Anurag Shanker Harpreet – Live – 17 February 2018

I started noticing the annual depreciation in the music quality from 2007 I guess when some of us like minded people met on a review site. When I compare what I felt about the music of that period to what is masquerading as music today, I feel sad for the ‘not so good’ albums of … Continue reading Namit Das Anurag Shanker Harpreet – Live – 17 February 2018

Mukkabaaz – Music review

Trust Anurag Kashyap to pick the 'urban' sound of Nucleya and place it in the bylanes of Uttar Pradesh...Anurag and team - Kickass! You can listen to the review of this intense album here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-42582433

2017 – Songs we discovered + Dinchak Playslist

This post appeared here first - https://moifightclub.com/2017/12/28/rewind-2017-non-film-songs-we-discovered-this-year-our-dinchak-list/ These aren’t songs/albums which were necessarily released this year. These are songs/albums which I came across in 2017. There is no order, there is no ranking. I Just keep begging and turning to people I barely know to suggest me a song, even if it’s in a trailer or a song featured … Continue reading 2017 – Songs we discovered + Dinchak Playslist

2017 – Hindi film songs I liked (Playlist link embedded)

This post first appeared here - https://moifightclub.com/2017/12/24/rewind-2017-film-songs-moifightclub/ To quote Stephen Witt, Listening to hundreds of new releases a year could lead to a kind of jaded auditory cynicism. Last year, I wasn’t expecting a lot, and the year was fine. This year, I wasn’t expecting much yet some albums surprised me (Thank God I have always been … Continue reading 2017 – Hindi film songs I liked (Playlist link embedded)

2017 Film Songs Round Up – PART 1

Doing a 10 song round up for B.B.C. - You can listen to the first instalment here. http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-42459875 The final instalment would be live next week. Meanwhile, there is a blogpost with playlist link lurking somewhere in which I won't be constrained to pick just 10 songs. That would be coming here shortly or somewhere.