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Hadiqa Kiani’s Wajd – Her New Chapter

“Wajd is a fruit of my spiritual voyage. Like they say, there is the calm before the storm; it took me a long time to find myself and be honest enough to my music and produce something like Wajd.”

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Hadiqa Kiani is one of the most versatile and finest music acts of Pakistan. After years of giving us catchiest pop music, Hadiqa returns with a new spiritual act and shows more ‘personal’ side of her in her latest project ‘Wajd’ . Wajd is culture rich. It features songs in six different languages Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Pashto, Balochi and Punjabi and surely she has exceled and slayed in every single piece.  Hadiqa has always been defiant with her music style, crossing the musical boundaries and coming up with something diverse, unique and realistic. This is Hadiqa’s ambitious and personally  honest work. Wajd that Hadiqa describes as “an expression of her soul and the result of her perception that is deeply rooted in and empowered by Sufi tradition” has a perfect and well use of classical instrument.

Wajd-Volume-1-Chapter-2-Bhit-Ja-Bhitai-F-10-1Wajd will have eight songs, out of which five have been released. The released ones have already hit the charts and topped on Patari, earning millions of views on social media. Wajd has already caused a huge sensation on Social Media and Kiani is being applauded for gracefully pulling off the ‘folk music’ and giving it a 21st century touch.

Each of the song is called as a ‘Chapter’ by Kiani. The video is conceptualized and directed by Abdullah Haris. She produced the record with her brother Irfan Kiani.

‘Kamle Da Dhola’ is the first chapter off Wajd. The video was shot in one take live format. Kiani sings in Saraiki. The songs has been sung by Reshma and Mussart Nazir. Hadiqa’s rendition is soulful and nonmaterial. Kiani’s vocals are ameliorable. The song runs for more than 8 minutes. Melody is pure and sweet. Opening words are written by Baba Bulleh Shah. Kiani’s high notes are rare and bewitching. Featured instruments are Dholak, Flute, Harmonium and Turkish lavta.

Next chapter is the Sindhi one, ’Bhit Ja Bhitai´, which pays tribute to Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. It is again soulful and calming. Again Kiani’s vocals are dominating here. The endearment classical music is pure perfection. The use of flute here is soothing.

Third chapter is ‘Aaj Rung Hai’ in both Urdu and Biraj Bhasha. Biraj Bhasha is a western Hindi language. It gained literary acceptance after Mughal King Akbar declared it as one of the languages of royal court. It was originally written by renowned poet Hazrat Amir Khusro. The music video is like icing on the cake. It features Hania Amir and Hasnain Lehri. It is mesmerizing. Every single detail in the embolished video is literal perfection. Music video was a sponsored video for Bonanza’s Eid collection.206067_1_110357_mag

The fourth chapter ‘Kamli’ written by Bulleh Shah. It is also profound and vehment. Vocals will give you goosebumps.

Fifth chapter is ‘Chaap Tilak’. Hadiqa’s rendition is beyond epic. The music video is set in Iconic Haveli Barood Khana in Lahore. The music video is culture rich, featuring a traditional wedding featuring Hasnain Lehri as groom and Anoushey Mughal as bride. It is refreshing and impeccable. It has all the elements that make it perfect; Melodious Vocals, Manigolds, Mehndi, Food, Wedding Fun and Perfection.

I just can’t get enough of every song. I’m already yearning for the next chapter and surely Hadiqa will slay in upcoming ones too.

She said speaking about Wajd:

“WAJD is not only an audio album but a musical journey that aims to explore lost traditions, the freedom of ownership of the Eastern folk tradition, the individuality of each artist and instrument-free from the superficial and over-processing of digital recording and the stripping away of grandiose arrangements to reveal a simple layer of musical truth.”

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Album Review- ‘Melodrama’ by Lorde

This is grown up Lorde. Four years after the release of her ground-breaking album Pure Heroine as a teenager, Lorde’s return with Melodrama is beyond epic. Melodrama has a theme of solitude, about her relationships, struggle with fame, mood changes and about her being an adult and a grown up woman now.

Melodrama was released on June 16. It debuted at number one in United Sates, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. The album got a high MetaScore of 93/100 making it one of the greatest albums of all times.

Green light – The opening song gives you all vibes of the new adult Lorde. Lorde starts singing with piano and then drum kicks and upbeat piano loops accompy Lorde vocals. Forbes decribed the tune as ‘power pop’.  Lorde described the song as complex and funny. I’m obsessed with this song. It’ll surely make you dance on your own.

Sober- It is the most catchiest and coolest song on the album. The chorus will give you goosebumps.  It is pretty intoxicating, having electro R&B. “Sober” is about “being a little bit involved with someone and it’s magic when you are out — you’re just king and queen of the weekend, you own the party.” “We’re King and Queen of the weekend /Ain’t a pill that could touch our rush” Lorde sings on the chorus.

Homemade Dynamite- This song is what you can call ‘modern pop’. “Homemade Dynamite” describes the moment when you meet someone at a party and an explosive night follows. This songs is ‘explosive’ and ultimate 2017 banger. It will remind you of ‘Royals’ and the music is complementary with it too. I just can’t stop listening to it.

The Louvre- Lorde decribed it as the song about the magic of the crush. It is about her relationship with her ex. The title of this song, “The Louvre,” references the iconic art museum in Paris, France; Lorde likens this happy period of their relationship to art, worthy of hanging in a museum, but now old. Lorde’s voice makes you feel like she’s sharing a secret. The guitar on the song is refreshing. The melody is similar to her song “Still Sane” from Pure Heroine.

Liability- This is a perfect ballad!  It is a soft, down tempo, piano driven song. Lorde herself described the song as “a strange part of [herself] for a lot of people to look at.” They say, “You’re a little much for me, you’re a liability/You’re a little much for me” Lorde sings. Song-writing is just perfect and Lorde is being brutally honest here. This will literally make you cry.

Hard Feelings/Loveless- This is a fusion of two songs. ‘Hard Feelings’ is about Lorde’s breakup with her ex and ‘Loveless’ symbolizes her getting over her ex. “We’re L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S generation.” Lorde sings. The music is so catchy and cool especially in “Loveless” part. This is a pure banger. I will call it LIT.

Sober II (Melodrama)- This song is beautiful in its own. It has a little drum, deep brass and violin plays in the background. “They’ll talk about us, and discover/How we kissed and killed each other/We told you this was melodrama.” Lorde sings.

Writer in the Dark- This is the most lovable song on the album. Lorde sings about still loving her ex but managing to move on. You know Lorde’s songwriting is her greatest asset. This lyric are so deep and instense. “Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark/Now she’s gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart” Lorde sings. This is what you call perfection.

Supercut- You can c all it a ‘Green Lights’ sample. The music is similar to Green Lights. It has drum beats and piano similar to ‘Green Light’. The song is about Lorde dreaming of a positive relationship but then realizing the she’s her real relationship isn’t like that. One thing I love on the whole album are the slow-low fading vocals, almost on every song. They are slaying.

Liability(Reprise)- This is followup to Liability. The electronic tunes are similar to the opening of ‘Royals’. This is more comforting and incredible. Echoing sounds and background vocals at the end are just worth it.

Perfect Places- It is a good ending for an album. While listening to the song, it’ll remind you of “Team”. The music is pretty much similar to it especially the drum kicks. The lyics are bittersweet about teenage parties. Pre-chorus is awesome.

Melodrama is a roller-coaster ride of emotions. This is the album that you can say, will remain refresh as it is now even after 10 years!! You can call it colorful and radiant. Lorde has written it so coherently and perfectly that you will love every single word. She is being personal and honest as in ‘Liabililty’, “Hard Feelings/Loveless”, “Perfect Places”. All the songs are great, you can hardly choose the best. Lorde is surely what David Bowie said ‘the future of pop’. And this album is ‘Power Pop’.