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Bibi Sanam Janam – With a Pakistani Tilt

A re-worked old and lovely Farsi folk song from Afghanistan, sung by Zeb and Haniya, a pop group from Pakistan. While the intro requires patience, when the vocals begin the song really takes off.

The duo’s songs are mostly in Urdu but also in Pashto, Dari and Turkish.  The band is a project started by two musicians, cousins Zebunnisa Bangash and Haniya Aslam. Both are ethnic Pashtuns. Their debut album “Chup!” (be quiet!) in July, 2008 was mostly of original compositions. Zeb and Haniya won the Best Live Act Award at MTV Music Awards in 2009. Coke Studio is a Pakistani music TV series featuring live studio-recorded music performances by various artists. Well, I’d like to see this on Jools Holland….

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