When Naseer and Shahab first released Za Sta Pashan Na Yam, the song took Pakistan by storm. Although several musicians had released well-received versions of pop and rock songs sung in Pushto, this was perhaps the first to crossover into the mainstream. The remarkably catchy chorus, which translates into “I am not like you”, is a rejoinder to those obsessed with material gains and advantages. The lyrics continuously re-affirm the ability to love as being the one thing that what sets us apart from those chasing shallow pursuits. The song’s original had a stadium-rock feel to them, and the Coke Studio version seeks to amplify that with the inclusion of legendary guitarist Faraz Anwar. The veteran musician specifically requested the producers to let him join in on the track, which had the space and the mood that allowed him to launch into one of his trademark performances. The rest of the houseband has also structured its compositions to allow the entire song to be an even grander version of its own self while retaining the distinctive identity which had led to its original success.
Faraz Anwar – Guitar Solo – Za Sta Pasha Na Yam (Naseer & Shahab)- Coke Studio Season 07, Episode 07
The Coke Studio composition has transformed Sajjad Ali’s soft pop ballad into a candlelit rock ballad with monochromatic piano lines. Sajjad through his vocal delivery and heartwarming lyrics has painted the ballad in soft, more mature shadings that comes out as pained but the effect is both beautiful and comforting. The eastern influence of the flute and dhol brings the underlying melancholy to the song, evoking a sense of nostalgia. Celebrated Faraz Anwar returns with an exemplary solo that builds in intensity as it progresses. The short and sharp shockwave sees Anwar’s fretwork at its finest adding dramatic rock oomph to the mellow and warm song.
Faraz Anwar – Guitar Solo – Tum Naraz Ho (Sajjad Ali) – Coke Studio Season 07, Episode 01
Faraz Anwar Live on FM91 with RJ Fatima Tariq
Dated: 18th June, 2014
Hosted by: RJ Fatima Tariq (Home Grown)
Home Grown Hellfest Special with RJ Fatima Tariq featuring interviews of Faraz Anwar, Inferner, Dementia, Karachi Butcher Clan and Foreskin.
Faraz Anwar Live on Fm89 with Wes Malik
Dated: 8th May, 2014
Hosted by: Wes Malik (The Drive Thru)
Wrap up your day with Wes Malik. Headlines, giveaways, guests, great conversation and popular music both old and new we’ve got it all in one show. Whatever your taste, we’re serving it at The Drive Thru.