‘Tajdar-e-Haram was produced by Shiraz Uppal’

Published: December 27, 2015
The cover stands at 9.5 million views on YouTube. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

The cover stands at 9.5 million views on YouTube. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

KARACHI: Coke Studio season 8 was recently wrapped up amid mixed reactions to the 29-odd songs that were released this year. Atif Aslam’s Tajdar-e-Haram opened the edition’s first episode and went on to become the highlight of the show, which saw Strings helm the project for a second season. But it has been revealed what became the biggest hit of season 8 was in fact not produced by Strings duo Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Atif revealed, “Tajdar-e-Haram was actually produced by songwriter Shiraz Uppal.” Atif had initially planned to keep the track for himself and had Shiraz arrange the music. “When Coke Studio approached me, I thought why not perform it on the show,” he added. He shared he brought Shiraz on-board to give the producer a feel of Coke Studio.

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When approached for a comment, Shiraz said Atif is his long-time collaborator. “He had approached me because he wanted to do a modern version of the qawwali. We took the CD to Coke Studio where he performed the same version.” It’s interesting to note that neither was Shiraz’s name mentioned in the song credits nor did he appear in the BTS clip that showcases the song-making process.

The composition, which helped qawwali giants Maqbool Ahmed Sabri and Ghulam Fareed Sabri cement their identity, received mixed reactions from all sides. While a comparison with the original and an evaluation based on the aesthetics of qawwali are both unfair and unyielding, the attempt certainly wouldn’t have made the mighty Sabris turn in their graves.

In an interview with The Express Tribune, Ghulam’s son, qawwal Amjad Sabri, threw weight behind Atif and said, “I really like how the music was arranged. Atif didn’t do badly. I wish he could have worked on his diction a little more though.” He had, however, confirmed that the show’s team did seek permission from him “to pay tribute to abba ji’s kalaam.” The cover of the hit qawwali, originally done by Sabri Brothers, stands at 9.5 million views on YouTube and 4.5 million views on Facebook.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Hans
    Dec 28, 2015 - 4:27AM

    It is strange that Shiraz Uppal wasn’t credited for his work. Not very professional.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Dec 28, 2015 - 11:07PM

    I would go further and say its just plain stealing. They stole his work by not crediting him and crediting others. This is even more relevant when you realize how well the composition was done of the old Sabri Brothers song.Recommend

  • Music-AL
    Dec 29, 2015 - 9:51PM

    Strings have been blatantly ripping off other musicians. Just the other day I heard that Faraz Anwar actually played the guitars on their comeback single Duur. Once a THIEF always a THIEF. They could’ve at least given Shiraz Uppal credit where credit is due.Recommend

  • Amir Shahid
    Dec 29, 2015 - 9:55PM

    Just a case of a has been trying to gain his two seconds of fame.Recommend

  • Anna
    Dec 31, 2015 - 6:02AM

    Atif gave this news out at a time where strings and shiraz were gonna start working together on something to disrupt their relationship. He knew all along but never shared with strings that shiraz had produced the audio that he had shared with them. Strings had no idea. When they found out they reached out to shiraz for more work. Atif could bear this. Budged in to seem as a saviour of credits but actuall intent, spoil relationship. Moral of the story. Not necessarily is someone who sings a holy song a pious man. Recommend

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