Charsi Bhangi: Arieb Azhar's stoner anthem delivers on the high expectations

Singer released many tracks overtime, but his cult classic, which finally has a music video, continues to impress


Entertainment Desk February 07, 2021

Arieb Azhar has finally released a music video for his stoner anthem Charsi Bhangi, and dare we say, it certainly delivers on the high expectations.

The track is replete with mischief and soft rhythms complemented by his baritone vocals. The singer came out with several songs over the years but Charsi Bhangi has a cult following.

The video for the song has been executive produced by Mian Ahmed Hasan of the Miami Media Company and produced by Azhar of Art Langar. The repackaged version has been recorded at A FOR ALEPH, mixed by Zain Ali and mastered by Salvatore Marotta.

The video sees Anil Saleem on lead guitar, Zawar Ali Zahid on bass, and Alan Smith on drums. The audio, however, has Zeeshan Mansoor on lead, Jasir Abro on bass, Ajaz Harry on drums and John Saville on the keys.

When first released, the song was well-received for its fine lyrics that primarily focus on camaraderie, loyalty and peace. Conceptualised by Azhar, the video for Charsi bhangi relays the same message, with an additional effort to normalise intersex companionships. It also promotes co-existence between people of various backgrounds and demonstrates the art of acceptance.

The then laidback composition has now improved, with the integration of various musical elements. Arieb’s vocals, on the other hand, continue to impress.

Bahrain expatriate Omar Qureshi once told The Express Tribune that Azhar was an ‘earthman’ because his music represented something pure. “A sort of intoxication prevails every time I hear his unique voice. The depth in his voice creates an emotional bond between him and the listener,” he remarked.

The singer and songwriter first made headlines with the success of his musical rendition of the spiritual poet Khwaja Ghulam Farid’s poem Husne-Haqiqi in Coke Studio.

Watch the video for Charsi Bhangi here:

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