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Loved Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Afreen? Meet the People Behind the Song - News18
The sub- continent may remain divided over Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s rendition of Afreen for the latest season of Coke Studio Pakistan- one thing is for sure, it has brought together India and Pakistan for music. While some have raised their eyebrows over the song, a lot of people have in fact have loved the song – making it go viral almost overnight.
While most have lauded the two singers – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan for the song- there are few others who have also played an integral part in making the song such a beautiful experience.
The song has been produced by Strings, the popular Pakistani band which has in the past given us songs like Duur and Sar Kiye Yeh Pahad. Comprising of Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood, Strings has to its credit some memorable songs that rocked the youth in 1990s and early 2000s both in Pakistan and India.
In fact, Strings has been instrumental in producing most of Coke Studio’s new songs including Farida Khanum’s rendition of Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo in season 8.
Afreen was originally a qawali written by Javed Akhtar and sung and composed by the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The unplugged version in Coke Studio was composed by Faakhir Mehmood. Additional lyrics were written as well which were sung by Momina Mustehsan.
Those who grew up in in the early 2000s, would remember Mehmood for his enormously catchy song Mahi Ve which came out in 2005. A musician and a singer, Mehmood has also composed another song for the Coke Studio Season 9 called Dilruba. He has sung the song with Zeb Bangash.
Here is the original song Afreen, by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
And here is the unplugged version by the legend's nephew, the amazing Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Also see: This Singer's Response To Coke Studio's Rendition Of The Song Afreen Is Perfect
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan: 'My uncle was the Voice' - The Guardian
How do you work against the weight of expectation? “I can’t,” says sufi pop singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, comparing himself unfavourably to his uncle, the late Pakistani superstar Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. “I have a fraction of the artistry he had. He was the Voice – when he sings, he’s in your spirit. I can honour that, but I can’t replicate it. His western audiences didn’t even understand the languages he performed in, but their responses? Mindblowing.”
In PR terms, it seems a car-crash admission; Khan is on course to sell out the O2 arena this weekend for the second time, with a three-hour performance of devotional music (qawaalis), poems (ghazals) and film songs. He headlined the Nobel peace prize concert two years ago, and breezily credits himself with bringing the album format back to life in his native Pakistan. With his numerous appearances on chatshows, judging panels and major film soundtracks, the 42-year-old has built a reputation as the subcontinent’s most popular singer.
Faisalabad-born Khan comes from a family steeped in six centuries of qawaali tradition, but is best known to contemporary audiences as nephew to Nusrat. The latter was a transcendental force who would perform sitting cross-legged on a rug and routinely bring audiences, literally, to their knees. “In our century there have been only one or two voices like [his]”, wrote the critic Geoff Dyer in 1994, “voices that rend the soul even as they soothe it.”
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in 1989. Photograph: Tim Hall/Redferns
Twenty years ago this summer, Rahat was performing with his uncle on what would be their last US tour together; Madonna and Michael Stipe turned up to their LA shows, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins to New York. Massive Attack remixed one of Khan senior’s greatest qawaalis (Dama Dam Mast Qalander) into a dubby club edit; producer Rick Rubin signed up “the master” to his label, American Recordings. Less than a year later, at 48 years old and reportedly weighing more than 21 stone (300lb), Nusrat was dead. Collaborators, including Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, lined up to champion his legacy. Rahat, then 23, was expected to quietly carry on the family tradition: a stoic commitment to devotional music. No one expected him to become a blockbuster entity in his own right.
“That journey hasn’t been easy,” he says, looking over the canal from the Guardian offices, “it’s hard for artists to get real respect at home. There is little value placed on what we do.” India, he says, has been kinder, which goes some way to explain the 100 or so songs he has recorded for the film industry there, among his 16-album discography.
“The first song I wrote myself was Sab Jhoote [It’s All Lies]. That was just three years ago, in Manhattan, coming back from a show and fed up with my management and the industry.” Khan switches back and forth between English and Urdu as he speaks.