A huge hit but how original is PTI anthem ‘Tabdeeli Aayi Re?’

A supporter of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party, wears a mask and dance on party songs during a campaign rally ahead in Karachi last month. An anthem prepared by Khan's party is being criticized S being copied from India. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/File Photo)
Updated 28 August 2018
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A huge hit but how original is PTI anthem ‘Tabdeeli Aayi Re?’

  • Az Records released ‘Rok Sako To Rok Lo Tabdeeli Aayi Re’ by Shahzaman and Jawad Kahlown, featuring Imran Ismail, on YouTube on August 28, 2017. It has more than 27 million views and 16,000 comments.
  • Some people say the song bears a striking resemblance to a remix of a Rajasthani folk song which was posted a few months earlier, titled ‘Bankya Maa Re Nache.’

ISLAMABAD: Few people in Pakistan can be unaware of the song “Rok Sako To Rok Lo Tabdeeli Aayi Re” (Stop Us If You Can Change Has Come). Performed by Shahzaman and Jawad Kahlown, featuring Imran Ismail, it currently has more than 27 million views on YouTube and was adopted as an anthem by political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
However, some people have pointed out that the incredibly popular song is suspiciously similar to a remixed version of the Indian Rajasthani bHajjan, or religious song, “Bankya Maa Re Nache,” performed by Yuvraj Mewari, with music by the Mewari Brothers. It was released on YouTube by RDC Rajasthani on April 6, 2017, more than four months before Az Records released “Rok Sako To Rok Lo Tabdeeli Aayi Re” on the video-sharing site on August 28.
When Arab News played both songs for a handful of people there was instant recognition of the similarities. The responses included: “undeniable,” “this is crazy,” and “OMG yes.” However, many of the listeners added that it is well known that the bHajjan music industry often borrows from other places, notably naats (Islamic poetry) and Pakistani music.
When we contacted Shahzaman and Jawad Kahlown through their official Facebook page, Jawad acknowledged the similarities between the songs but, like our small sample audience, pointed out that songs in this genre tend to borrow from others. He also confirmed that they were familiar with “Bankya Maa Re Nache.”
“We did hear this song,” he said. “Indeed, there is a resemblance but this specific kind of music resembles many songs. But it goes without saying that our composition is way catchier, stronger and popular. The song is an original, written and composed by Jawad Kahlon. The line ‘Rok Sako To Rok Lo’ was written by Imran Ismail.”
Arab News has contacted PTI for a comment.


No-deal Brexit looms as race for new British PM wraps up

Updated 17 July 2019
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No-deal Brexit looms as race for new British PM wraps up

  • Many lawmakers, business community fear dire economic outcome
  • A majority of lawmakers in the House of Commons are opposed to a no-deal Brexit

LONDON: The battle to become Britain's next prime minister enters the home straight on Wednesday with both candidates hardening their positions on Brexit, putting the future government on a collision course with Brussels.
Ex-London Mayor Boris Johnson, the favourite to replace Theresa May, and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, are now both referring to Britain's departure with no overall deal in place as a realistic prospect.
The business community and many lawmakers fear dire economic consequences from a no-deal Brexit, which would lead to immediate trade tariffs for some sectors including the automotive industry.
Johnson and Hunt are taking part in a final question-and-answer session later on Wednesday before the result of the vote by Conservative Party members is announced next Tuesday.
The new party leader will be confirmed as prime minister by Queen Elizabeth II on the following day.
Britain has twice delayed its scheduled departure from the European Union after 46 years of membership as May tried and failed to get her deal with Brussels through parliament.
The two candidates vying to replace her have vowed to scrap a "backstop" provision in the agreement that Brussels insisted upon to keep the Irish border open.
Their latest attacks on the measure during a debate on Monday prompted a plunge in the value of the British pound.
The currency fell again Wednesday to its lowest level against the US dollar in over two years.
"The tougher stance from both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in terms of their rhetoric on Brexit is clearly weighing on the pound," said market analyst Neil Wilson.
"Make no mistake, this decline in the pound is down to traders pricing in a higher chance of a no-deal exit."
The backstop has proved a key stumbling block in the Brexit process.
The measure would keep open the post-Brexit border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member the Republic of Ireland whatever the outcome of negotiations over the future relationship between London and Brussels.
Johnson announced early in his campaign that he would not sign up to it and would pursue a no-deal Brexit if required, leading his opponent to follow suit.
However, European leaders have been adamant that the backstop must remain a part of any divorce deal, raising the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who will become European Commission president in November, said the draft withdrawal agreement provided "certainty".
She also broached a possible further delay to Britain's departure, saying: "I stand ready for a further extension of the withdrawal date, should more time be required for a good reason."
Johnson has pledged that under his leadership, Britain will leave "do or die" on the current deadline of October 31.
A majority of lawmakers in the House of Commons are opposed to a no-deal Brexit, but attempts to pass legislation blocking the scenario have failed.
Reports this week suggested Johnson is considering plans to end the current session of parliament in early October, leaving MPs powerless.
Finance Minister Philip Hammond said Wednesday it was "terrifying" that some Brexit supporters thought that no deal would leave Britain better off.
And in a speech in London, May said the "best route" for Britain was to leave with a deal.
Delivering her last major address, she railed against the trend towards "absolutism" in Britain and abroad, and urged her successor to compromise.
"Whatever path we take must be sustainable for the long term, so that delivering Brexit brings our country back together. That has to mean some kind of compromise," she said.