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

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.


Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

Updated 14 October 2019

Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

  • President vowed to "destroy" the Turkish economy
  • Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said that in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against current and former Turkish officials, stop negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent.

In a statement in which he vowed to swiftly destroy the Turkish economy if it continues down "this dangerous and destructive path," Trump also said that U.S. troops coming out of Syria will redeploy and remain in the region to monitor the situation.

Before the invasion, Trump ordered a couple dozen US troops out of harm's way.

Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds, who had helped the US battle against Daesh militants.

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