Shaheryar Mirza and Adnan Qureshi of Sargam Kay Khilaadi (SKK) are set to release the debut track Humnasheen on the September 12th, 2017 across Pakistan via social media. SKK  is an audio-visual project, dedicated to the pure joy of creating and sharing music.  It aims to bring like-minded musicians from South East Asia, opens doors to collaboration and yearns for a return to basics – strong melody, romance and poetry.

The project is the brainchild of 2014 Lux Style Awards winner of Best Emerging Talent –  Shaheryar Mirza. As chief composer and lyricist, Mirza credits the golden years of Lollywood and Bollywood as his inspiration. Adnan Qureshi, an Islamabad-based vocalist who has toured all across the United States of the America and captivated audiences across the nation, is part of the team.

Humnasheen is a debut track by the band. Written and composed by Mirza, the lyrics are replete of imagery and words often missing from the modern ‘geet’ form. The song is in the tradition of recent efforts by artist and bands to fuse eastern instrumentation with western influences.

“Musically, ‘Humnasheen’ is a callback to 70’s Lollywood and Bollywood music; the song is a catchy ode to romance.With Pakistani cinema making a dramatic comeback, the timing for a musical revival could not have been better. With Sargam Kay Khilaadi we hope to achieve just that and we look forward to working with different artists from South East Asia through this platform,” said Mirza, who is also the producer of the video.

Originally imagined as a duet; a musical conversation between two lovers, Humnasheen features 3 voices. Mirza lends his silky smooth vocals, Qureshi with his assured vibrato; and a close friend who prefers to go by the pseudonym ‘Xiya’ due to personal reasons. Sarmad Ghafoor has produced the audio track while Zeeshan Siddiqui is the video director. The music video was shot in the scenic Bani Gala locality of Islamabad, with its idyllic views and sunsets. Primarily a performance video, the video features the sultry model Fatima Ijaz.

SKK plans to release 100% original material, with a hint of nostalgia and a dose of ‘filmi’ elements we love so much as a nation. Watch this space for new releases and tracks paying an ode to our traditions and rich culture steeped in poetry, music and harmonies.


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