Multi-dimensional intimacy with “Bibi Sanam Janam”

Published: June 22, 2010
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Zeb & Haniya stole the show with their highly applaudable "Bibi Sanam" on Coke Studio.

After “Paimoona”, Zeb & Haniya steal the show with their highly applaudable “Bibi Sanam”, with Dari derivation and saccharine Dari accent. The Coke Studio sessions are really worth appraising and hold a touch of classy knack to them.

The original song, sung by Wahid Qasemi (Vaheed Kaacemy; Persian) was built on a different set of tune and harmony. The magnificent folk song from Afghanistan is sung in a Dari style by Wahid. Vocals of both the artists are incomparable, since both have a style of their own.

The Zeb & Haniya version starts with a beautiful Rubab played by Sadiq Sameer, whereas the original one starts on a different mode. After Rubab, we hear some dramatic guitar too, followed by some eccentric drum strikes by Pinto. Zoe, Sanam and Saba can be seen as the backing vocalists in the song. The Zeb & Haniya duo has really made it a soulful and poignant melody after giving it a totally innovative and novel touch.

The level of romanticism associated with the beautiful Dari poetry can be felt profoundly. Since the legendary music cannot be re-created or re-composed the way it was done originally, but the endowed duo has added some more glamour and melody to the original sonata. With tinges of Afghan and Persian music, Zeb & Haniya steal the show with potent music and a luminous Rubab playing in the beginning by Sadiq Sameer.

They beautifully maintained the essence and glitz of the Dari language with a stellar performance and thrilling tune. As compared with the original version, the one with Coke Studio is more touching, thus remarkably capturing the right intimacy of music. The song “Bibi Sanam Janam” truly marks a modern-day rhythm that embarks its cultural history, linguistics and subtlety, while adding more instrumentation and dimension to it.

Keep it up Coke Studio!

This post was originally published here.

Sadaf Fayyaz

Sadaf Fayyaz

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  • Danish

    Sweet song with efficient use of instruments specially rabab and marvelous drum work by gumbyRecommend

  • asif

    “pinto”? dude i get you want to sound knowledgeable but john louis pinto goes by the name gumby professionally. and the ‘dramatic’ guitar is funk music. learn genres learn what you’re talking about then write about music. great song regardless.Recommend

  • Shahzad Khan

    Thts TRUE! it was funky music and apart from rabab and pinto’s drumming skills, the performance by or senior violin players MR. javed was outclass and i like the way when he stretch the strings…..
    The 2nd episode itself proved as remarkable performance by all.. esp i like EP and NOORIE…..COKE STUDIO once again ROCKRecommend

  • Sardar Ahmed

    Great performance by both young singer ladies. I often play it and enjoy the tunes and emotions.Recommend

  • imran

    I m totally in love with this song……………“Bibi Sanam Janam”….Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Its an extremely beautiful song, i love their “paimoona” as well…Recommend

  • Pakistani Aloo

    the song was good but this blog is a terrible piece of writing. The same as Asif’s criticism.Recommend

  • SadafFayyaz

    The blog was even liked by some coke studio people too,, Lets see some good blogs from Mr. pakistani aloo….Recommend

  • Muhammad Umer Asif

    A nice blog praising a superb song indeed, its different from other ones, have some unique melody which is a treat for my ears. Its soothing & mesmerizing & i am completely lost in music while listening to it, should mention about rubab played in it, it is just awesome !!! Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    “The Zeb & Haniya version starts with a beautiful Rubab played by Sadiq Sameer, whereas the original one starts on a different mode. After Rubab, we hear some dramatic guitar too, followed by some eccentric drum strikes by Pinto. Zoe, Sanam and Saba can be seen as the backing vocalists in the song. The Zeb & Haniya duo has really made it a soulful and poignant melody after giving it a totally innovative and novel touch.”
    Thanks…..Didt you read it completely? It says about Rubab playing by Sameer? :)Recommend