Ali Aftab Saeed & Saad Sultan present 'Pi Lijiye'
A cover of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Fasl-e-Gul'
Vocals by: Ali Aftab Saeed
Produced by: Saad Sultan
Poet: Abdul Hamid Adam
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Sidereal Studios
Drink to it!
It seems as if the plea and cry of my old, unreleased/dumped album is heard yet again by Saad Sultan. After Pagalpan, he has Produced ‘Jeenay Key liye’.
I remember composing this somewhere in 2006. It was probably the first or second tune that I made in life. I wrote the lyrics about the phase when one is on the verge of a break up and the subconscious is bombarding you constantly with two very contrary signals ; at one point you don’t want to see the other person’s face again EVER and in the next second you feel as if you’re making a big mistake and won’t survive a day alone. Writing about it makes me realize that I can now relate to Faiz, back then, well... ‘Aur koi gham NAHIN tha zamanay main muhabbat k siwa’
Saad asked me if I wanted to change the lyrics, I wanted to keep the original since the composition probably isn't contemporary so it’s alright if the lyrics sound stupid too. I have an attachment with this song and I’m glad it’s not just lying there in my hard disk anymore. It’s out there. This is how I started.
The line ‘Jeenay k liye, Jalna hai agar..,’ was written and composed by Shoaib Rabbani, I don’t know if he is still doing music. I hope he is. Also, Saad believes there are two more songs in my old album worth producing. Here’s to hoping he takes out time soon. Cheers!
Special shout out to my friend Asmaa Zia for the artwork.
Somehow, I was rejecting all the arrangements we made for Dhinak Dhinak back then. So we ended up making a lot of versions. Many friends believe some were better than the one released. But I don't blame myself because when you work on something for too long, the judgment usually gets impaired.
Unfortunately, we lost almost all those tracks due to system collapses and producer’s habitual moving studios or I would have bombarded you all with more versions of Dhinak Dhinak than ‘Arijit's Kabira’.
Though this version was not among the top contenders for the release. This one somehow popped up from a folder today while I cleaned up my laptop. Couldn't resist sharing.
Some might say the situation at the moment isn’t relevant, but I believe the song is Sadabahar.
Wrote this song in 2015 for Mazhar Zaidi’s Gardaab. Still haven’t seen the film but Mazhar has permitted me to upload the song now. The song is based on a situation where the birthday celebration of Lyari gang leader is going on, 2 boys from the enemy clan have sneaked in to meet a girl. Was told to keep the arrangement of the song somewhat like Leva because of its popularity in Lyari.
A funny incident is associated with how the choir part was made if only i could share it in public ;p. *Sigh*
NB: Crystal meth is available in Lyari for 2 decades and it's called Sheesha.
Rorra= Rock= Cocaine
Produced by Saad Sultan
Whenever there is tension between Pakistan & India; artists are asked to go home, films and dramas are banned, visas are put on hold in both countries. So when Ali Aftab Saeed (Pakistan) and Aarti Srivastava (India) met at Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, they decided to give peace a chance through the universal language of music with support from Asia Society. Put the hate on hold and listen to:
Inko Na Roke Koi
Singer & Composer: Ali Aftab Saeed
Lyricist: Shakeel Sohail
Audio Producer: Saad Sultan
Directed by Aarti Shrivastava
Produced by Asia Society
Originally released on Peace Day 2015. Share to spread peace and happiness!
"The city never sleeps... The city is always awake... The city knows every thing."
Ali Aftab Saeed and Northwestern University present
Singer and Composer: Ali Aftab Saeed
Lyricist: Ali Aftab Saeeed & Arshed Bhatti
Drums: Chris Stromquist, Keyboard: Conner Singh Vanderbeek, Lead Guitar:Dan Sulivan, Bass:Rob Sulivan , Saxophone:Landon Hegedu & Accoustic Guitar: Saad Sultan
Sound Engineer: Stephan Moore
Sound Producer: Saad Sultan
Video Director and editors: Olivia Peace and Marion Hill
Special Thanks: Laura Brueck and Dr. Kinra
This song is about Karachi, recorded in NWU Sound Studio and shot and produced in Chicago as a part of Ali Aftab's artist residency for Jean Gimbel Lane Global Humanities Initiative in NWU.