Zeb & HaniyaFebruary 28, 2009 at 9:02 am | Posted in katarsis | 13 Comments
Tags: Indian Music, Pakistan, Zeb and Haniya
My Pakistani flatmate, who eats pork and drinks alcohol, just introduced me to these two talented Pakistani girls. They are Zeb and Haniya, whose appearance in their live performances somehow reminded me of D’Cinnamons back home, though the quality of their sound is, in my view, far above that of the Indonesian pop band [Well, I don’t know if they are comparable, but I got the feeling that the so-called purist jazz lovers will consider the duo’s songs as “too easy-listening” and therefore “artless”]. But having endured such painful days of listening to the mostly narcissistic, repetitive, irrelevant, anachronistic and corny Bollywood songs played by my South Asian friends, Zeb and Haniya came to me like angels descending from heaven beyond the clouds. Here is one of their songs I have been enjoying recently:
They sing in Persian (the language spoken by Khomeini) and Pushto (the language spoken by some of the Taliban). They do come from the land of the extremists. They, artists who believe in freedom of expression, have to coexist with some lunatics who condone bomb attacks on music and video shops! Ah, that’s perhaps the reason why they have the gift to make good music. 😀 [There is a good article on them here in Newsweek.]
I don’t know if life is really worth fighting for or worth losing as the late George Carlin says, but Zeb and Haniya’s piece, “Paimana Bitte”, has restored my belief in a world beyond matter which I have longed for. Ah, if the “real” world turns out to be so ugly and horrible, I don’t mind being deceived by everything; I’ll savor every deception, every illusion, every false reality that soothes me. And I am so grateful for a brief moment of indulgence I experience when I hear the lead singer of the Pakistani duo sings: Bring me the glass, so I can lose myself…I recommend you read Rumi’s poems while listening to this song. Rumi wrote his mystical poems in Persian, btw, a beautiful language which makes Islam look so great and cultured. I love the mood it created. Ethereally sublime.