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A Pakistani band challenges Narendra Modi to a rap battle

Posted on Oct 30 2016 - 1:30pm
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A Pakistani band challenges Narendra Modi to a rap battle lyrics, song mp3 download

What do a pigeon, a looming water crisis, a beef burger and Superman’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor have in common? All four feature in a song written and performed by Pakistani comic and singer Ali Gul Pir. The song Modi teri, performed in collaboration with the electronic dance music band SomeWhatSuper, challenges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a rap battle.

The song, which also mentions actors Fawad Khan, Anupam Kher, singer Adnan Sami and playwright Javed Akhtar, is creating waves across the border in Pakistan. The satirical video also addresses the Indian prime minister’s political rhetoric.

The video has been viewed over 89,000 times and counting since it was released on YouTube on October 21, although the song was first released on October 9.

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“In these times of tension, the track will make you laugh,” said Talha Dar, one half of SomeWhatSuper.

In the song, the state of Kashmir is depicted as a malnourished man, whose mouth is taped shut, sitting uncomfortably between Indian and Pakistani representatives. The Indian speaker is clothed in a saffron sleeveless jacket, and bears resemblance to Modi.

Somewhat catchy

The Lahori duo that forms SomeWhatSuper, Dar and Feroze Faisal, is known for a blend of eastern and electronic music. Their previous releases include upbeat singles like Bandook and Patang. Bandook, their debut song, remained at the top of music charts for over a year. Dar and Faisal are in their mid-twenties, and were born in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

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“Culture and music across the world becomes an inspiration for us, if it is catchy, lively and speaks Pakistani,” Dar wrote in an email interview with Scroll.in.

“The seed that gave birth to SWS was in our heads from a very long time,” Dar added. “It was a result of our exposure to different genres of music from within and around Pakistan.”

Faisal said, “Generally, Pakistanis are not exposed to these genres, and even if they are, they don’t appreciate it much. We don’t think we make music for selective people according to which country they are in.”

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Patari, Pakistan’s largest streaming platform, introduces Somewhat Super and their newest song as “a Lahore-based duo who are producing tracks fusing EDM with Urdu. The result is a brilliantly catchy sound with an amazing beat”.

SomeWhatSuper emerged around a year ago, right around the time Patari was launched. When Ahmer Naqvi, Patari’s Director of Content, first heard Faisal and Dar’s song on India and Pakistan, he was nervous.

“There is a lot of jingoism around these days and while art should always have the ability to satirise, given the timing, it does play into a very pro-establishment narrative,” he said.

In the past, rumours have associated the group’s songs with Bollywood rapper Badshah’s lyrics. Both Badshah’s Bandook and SWS’ debut song, Bandook, begin with the same lyrics.

“People use vocal samples,” said Dar. “We and Badshah (sic) just happened to use the same vocal samples. They are available online. Anyone can download it and make a track out of it.”

SWS’ lyrics are infused with Punjabi folk music and dialects. Faisal credits this with the duo’s Punjabi upbringing.

“The folk lyrics are the inspiration and Pakistaniat within us,” said Dar. “What’s better than making music in your mother tongue?”

The duo has received a lot of attention for their music from Indian fans, but has no plans to perform here in the near future.

Pakistan’s first internet star

The lyrics for SWS’ latest were penned by Pakistani stand up comic, Ali Gul Pir. Over the past few years, the 30-year-old has earned a reputation for talking about issues that are taboo in Pakistan, such as family planning, sex and corruption. Originally from Dadu, a town in the Sindh province, Pir attained his stardom following the release of Waderai Ka Beta in 2012 – a humorous take on the pretentious lifestyle of a feudal lord’s son. The song, which takes a dig at influential people who misuse their authority, catapulted the stand-up comic to instant fame.

Naqvi referred to Pir as one of the first true internet stars of Pakistan. “The song was used as a meme by everyone from TV channels to even political parties, with the Pakistan Peoples Party incorporating it into their promotions,” he said. “His subsequent releases never reached the same virality.”

Ali Gul PirAli Gul Pir

YouTube recently relaunched in Pakistan after a gap of three years, much to Pir’s relief.

“YouTube is why artists like me are here,” he said. “No television channel, no radio station would play my music because it was too honest and did not have a hot chick in it. But I upload my work and have millions of people watch it and follow it. So YouTube is important because now every broke artist who has talent but no means can just upload a video and become successful.”

Pir, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in media sciences, said, “I make satire about everyone here, now it’s time to step outside my country.”

“I have dealt with the powerful and dangerous people of Pakistan who did not like my satire,” he added. “I can deal with bhakts [followers] from some other country who can’t take a joke either. Plus, at the end of the day, its comedy in music. We must learn to laugh.”

The political scenario between India and Pakistan is tense. The song comes amidst calls in India for boycotting Pakistani artists, and similar echoes in Pakistan regarding Indian films.

“Banning something only because it originates from another country, is just wrong, no matter who does it,” Pir said. “Art is a language of its own. As an artist I found a peaceful and productive way to express how I felt. Others can do the same. My song has no mention of the word India even, this is between Modi and me. I am sure some people do not like him in India as well.”

The comic said, “I think hate should be made fun of, it makes it less scary.”

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Work clothes have shed their monochrome and moved into the light of technicolor. Bright colours have steadily become popular as Pantone’s annual colours of the year show us. For the corporate warrior who wants to be stylish here is our pick of trends worth considering.

Men

Statement jacket. A statement jacket is one that doesn’t merely stand out in a crowd, but blows it open for you. How do you recognize one? You’ll know it when you see it. Most statement jackets have a non-traditional color. They could also have subtle prints on them if you want to go funky.

Technicolor socks. Multicolored socks (or hipster socks as they are known in some quarters) peek out every once in a while and brighten things up in the workplace. From polka dots and caricatures to geometric patterns, you can choose a pair to suit your mood or your workplace. A great way of telling people you don’t take fashion rules seriously (except these ones).

Plaid: Well played is well, plaid. Great for your 9-to-5 and even performs well after. Plaids, in shirts and jackets, are perhaps the most versatile tool in the corporate warrior’s armory, and straddle the fine line between formal and casual effectively. They’re also age-resistant meaning a young buck in his twenties can rock them as much as your seasoned forty-plus campaigner. Plaid, though Scottish in origin, has an Indian connection too, in the Madras checks that became popular all over the world after the World War.

Inside collars and cuffs. If you like to keep it classy but still a little edgy, nothing does it like contrast or printed insides of your collar and cuffs. After the work day, when it’s proper to roll up your sleeves, it even adds a touch of evening character.

Coloured Shoes. Alternate your staid blacks and browns with variants like burgundy, light buttery browns and ashen blues. Play with moccasins, tassel loafers and lace-ups. Go beyond leather and try suede and maybe even canvas. But do remember to take a quick course in matching.

Women

Floral prints. Flowers are back (though one could argue that they never went out) and now they’re storming the bastion of your office. Even the traditional Indian paisley is making its way into formal wear. With the prevalence of digital printing, with a little hunting, you’ll even find beautiful florals in watercolour style.

Scarves. The first rule of wearing scarves is to rid yourself of the notion that they are to be worn only in winter. A colourful scarf paired with a monochrome top works wonders. A dozen online videos will teach you to wear it in a dozen ways. Plus, it always comes in handy when the thermostat isn’t to your liking. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw wears scarves frequently, and is a great example of how you can use it strikingly.

Pants. Yes. Pants. Experiment with different styles and you’ll be surprised how they can really spruce up a boring look. Silhouette is everything when it comes to pants. Choose from high-waisted, wide legged, pleated to ankle length pants and what not! The best part is offices rarely prescribe silhouettes, so you can always get by with some style even if your workplace demands a uniform.

Houndstooth. The houndstooth pattern is at the sweet intersection between casual and formal and can be worn to make a splash in either occasion. Whether its jackets or a dress or a simple top, a houndstooth pattern is incredibly versatile.

Chic suits. A sharp suit is a must for a modern professional’s wardrobe. And please don’t even look in the direction of black. Pastel colours or even greys with patterns are great options for suits. Uncoordinated suits are also a great option depending on how edgy you want your office attire to be.

Accessories

It isn’t enough to be well-dressed in the modern workplace. A good professional is known by his or her tools and how they carry it.

Designer laptop sleeves. Your high-precision instrument deserves a cover chosen with as much care. Black Neoprene is out. Pastel monochromes, geometric patterns and bold designs are very much in. Different materials like cotton, leather and even paper are a great option.

Natural fiber or leather bags (yes kill your black synthetic one now). Briefcases are ancient and black messenger bags are done. Go for a color variant or a subtle pattern. Pay attention to the different leather finishes. Adding a few nicely done metal trims can make all the difference. But convenience and ease are top priority. If you travel a lot, get a stylish strolley and thank yourself later.

Commute pack. The urban corporate needs to be productive at all times, or at the very least, needs to be accessible. A modern commute pack should include wireless headphones, a USB battery pack (power bank) and a wire/gadget organisation pack just so that you’re always prepared.

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