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Ali Aftab Saeed rings alarm bells on Women’s Day
Posted by :Team Aman newsPosted date : February 13, 2015In MusicComments Off on Ali Aftab Saeed rings alarm bells on Women’s Day
Saeed will soon release a six-song album titled Gao Suno Badlo. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY
KARACHI: Ali Aftab Saeed, frontman of Beygairat Brigade, released a new single titled Kaun Kehta Hai Main Beikhtiyaar Hoon on Thursday from the band’s upcoming album Gao Suno Badlo. Talking to The Express Tribune, Saeed revealed that the song is a first in a series of six songs, which will be released till August 11.
“As you know, International Women’s Day falls on March 8 but February 12 is considered as Women’s Day in Pakistan as, in 1983, several women such as Asma Jahangir gathered at Regal Chowk to protest Ziaul Haq’s ‘Law of Evidence’,” he said. “Security forces used tear gas and baton-charged women. Since then, February 12 holds historical significance for women in Pakistan,” he added.
The song, which has been composed by Saeed, features Zaynab Fatimah lending her vocals. It is a departure from the band’s usual satirical songs, such as Aalu Anday, Paisay Ki Game and Dhinak Dhinak, which brought them fame, and ire.
Vocalist Zaynab Fatimah
While commenting on change in style from their previous songs, Saeed explained, “Satire is usually aimed at those who are in power and above commoners, such as government and military officials. On the contrary, women in Pakistan are oppressed, so it would not have been right to make a satirical song on them.” He added, “The song is about celebration of women. People will see in the video how we have celebrated the achievements of Pakistani women in different professions and fields.”
Talking about the upcoming album, Saeed said the second track, out of the six it features, deals with the issue of inter-religious harmony, and will be released on March 1. On rumours about his band splitting up, he stated he has been functioning as a one-man band of late. Other band members, including Daniyal Malik and Hamza Malik, are not seen in the videos. “Only bands that make money tend to break up. We are not earning any money,” he quipped.
On a serious note, Saeed clarified that the remaining band members were busy with their jobs and studies. He shared that the band aims at returning to their roots and original style of “political satire” music in April. He cited the current situation in the country as a major reason behind the band’s decision to release a satirical song titled Sanp (Snake).
Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2015.
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