Pakistan Cinema presents us with another totally unique composition: an Urdu/Pushto style-switching MUJRA sung by the wonderful playback singer Nahid Akhtar with Shahid and Babra Sharif in the 1978 film 'Ek Chehra Do Roop' ['One Face Two Identities']. Both the colourful visual scene of a fake... More
Pakistan Cinema presents us with another totally unique composition: an Urdu/Pushto style-switching MUJRA sung by the wonderful playback singer Nahid Akhtar with Shahid and Babra Sharif in the 1978 film 'Ek Chehra Do Roop' ['One Face Two Identities'].
Both the colourful visual scene of a fake MUJRA [entertainment dance originating historically in the Mughal Empire palaces] to trap naughty villains on camera with saucy dancers, plus equally colourful music makes for an intoxicating song that one never tires of watching and hearing.
If you are interested in hearing the unedited original of 'Kam Ho Na Tha Jo' you may find it at NAHEEDAKTARLIVE Channel on YouTube:
=KZKELGUG_3A ORCHESTRATION The main attraction of this song is that it is full of instruments playing strange shapes and rhythms of music that do not at all blend subtley, or go well together. This is why the song leaps out as 'wild' because it jars awkardly from one unpredictable set of patterns to another. A major cause of 'jarring' from one section to another is because the track has been edited down from the original recording, cutting out electric guitar solo interludes. The effect is that the edits sound unnatural and the music could not have been played live in such a disjointed way. It sounds great! The ENSEMBLE [group of instruments/vocalists] is a western ACCOUSTIC GUITAR[playing strange off-beat strums that have no tonal direction?]; ACCORDIAN[directionless melody sequences + CADENCES [musical full stops at ends of sections] + off-beat tuneless stabs and clashing multiple notes with no tonal direction]; EARLY SYNTHESIZER [variety of CADENCES in a number of presets for variety + some IMITATION [copying] of melody in the bridges]; PERCUSSION [instruments you hit] are a strange collection of African CONGAS [big hand drums][light off-beat rhythms for texture variety + FILLS (rhythmic full stops)] + smaller foreign PERCUSSION (like shakers) + traditional drums with sticks [Pushto rhythm section] + GHUNGROOS [small metallic ankle bells][a lot of GHUNGROOS played heavily to suggest MUJRA and offer variety and pulse patterns, plus fill high sounds in the mix]. It is a strange concoction of instruments which sounds amazing and is very varied in combination! Nahid Akhtar, like other Pakistani Film Playback Singers has this raw hard voice with throaty and nasal RESONANCE [area where vibration adds tone colour]. The voice is very powerful and the electronic echo makes the voice sound even more 'out of this world' to add to the strange picturisation. The FORM [sections over time] is Western Pop Song. The sections have unusual sharp contrasts in style, rhythm and METRE [number of beats per bar]: 4/4 METRE: Intro + Chorus [unaccompanied] + Chorus [+ rhythm x 2] + bridge + Verse A [Spoken] + Verse B 3/4 METRE [Pushto Rhythm] + 4/4 METRE: Chorus [lead in then chorus] + Bridge [chorus IMITATION in keyboard + VARIATION on chorus] + Verse A [spoken] + 3/4 METRE Verse B [Pushto Rhythm] + 4/4 METRE chorus lead in + Chorus x 2. The FORM is quite unique. It is uncommon to hear Pushto Rhythms in Lahorie films, particularly Urdu language films. The sectioning and strange instrumental shapes plus edits make for a very disjointed and unpredicatable song that is very original and actually works. It is particularly interesting as a lot of the musical material is not ORGANIC [springing from a similar set of small tunes] but a lot of random melodies and parts thrown together but the variety and balance of sections actually works. HOW these songs are composed and thought of by this tiny group of musicians is a real mystery? Inspired! VIDEO The visuals are really that strange 1970s world of the Pakistani Films. The last year of liberal Bhutto Regime so the alcohol, cannabis, MUJRA, dancing girls and uncovered legs give a lot of indication of the mentality of Lahore at that time. This MUJRA is meant to be trapping the men in the worst situations on photos with the dancer but in some ways is a SATIRE of double standards in Pakistan Society. Khaartoum Channel acts as an educational archive of rare commercial East-West artists plus a showcase for Khaartoum songs by my friends and I, or just myself, inspired by East-West media. The aim is to inspire composers with commercial forms in national styles. Khaartoum Channel Encourages People to SUPPORT THE ARTS and BUY THE ORIGINAL. No copyright infringement is intended presenting this video for educational purposes. All rights to THE FILM COMPANY. Less
Added Feb 23, 2012
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