Laal Meri Pat featuring Quratulain Balouch, Akbar Ali & Arieb Azhar
Entrancing, enthralling and ethereal, Strings’ rendition takes Laal Meri Pat past the threshold of a zealous dhamaal and places it into an ambient and spiritually opulent sonic environment. Arieb Azhar’s baritone spoken word juxtaposed with Akbar Ali’s haunting alaaps steer the song into a beautiful auditory vista as Quratulain Balouch’s unrestrained and captivating persona in the song adds to the trance of the reverie with each emphatic zephyr of dama-dam. A multi-faceted and nuanced blend of devotional poetry, fervent chants of ‘Jhulelal’ perched upon a dreamy, psychedelic soundscape of the sitar and a traditional groove, the rendition is rich with emotion and mysticism.
Ronay Na Diya featuring Sajjad Ali & Zaw Ali
Baazi featuring Sahir Ali Bagga & Aima Baig
A playful, traditional folk song, Baazi is a fire-cracker set aflame by the riveting vocals of Sahir Ali Bagga and Aima Baig. Kicking off with a mandolin channeling an aik-tara sets the scene for a rustic rendition of the age old-tale of an admirer trying to win over the love of his darling. A Siraiki classic, complete with a grooving bass and a truly ethnic percussive section, Sahir Ali Bagga’s music direction brings the song into a delightfully high-spirited terrain that is attempt to embody the true sounds of the soil.