Hadiqa Kiani proudly releases Chapter 2 from WAJD – Sindhi Chapter – “Bhit Ja Bhitai”
[Lahore: 26th April 2017]: Following the successful release of Chapter 1 – Saraiki Chapter – “Kamli Da Dhola”, which has garnered over 1 million views on Facebook and has been ruling Patari’s top charts since its release, Hadiqa Kiani is proud to release the video for Chapter 2 – Sindhi Chapter – “Bhit Ja Bhitai” exclusively on her Facebook fanpage and Patari.pk on 26th April 2017. “Bhit Ja Bhitai” represents Hadiqa Kiani’s rendition of the classic Sindhi folk song in praise of the great Sufi Poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. It is a continuation of the WAJD – Volume 1 journey which aims to revive each region’s core musical heritage. Indeed, Hadiqa is one of Pakistan’s most versatile artist who has performed various songs in regional and international languages effortlessly. After massive hits in Kashmiri, Pushto, Saraiki and Punjabi, this is the first time Hadiqa Kiani has explored and performed a song in Sindhi language.
“This Sindhi Folk song “Bhit Ja Bhitai” is very close to my heart and it’s a tribute to Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. The song highlights the contributions of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai in the rich Sindhi culture and heritage. This is also my first song in Sindhi Language.” said Hadiqa Kiani about “Chapter 2 – Bhit Ja Bhitai.”
The aim of the song as told by Irfan Kiani is “to celebrate the diversity in our local regional languages and as Wajd is a discovery of our musical roots and compositions with traditional instruments.”
The audio for Chapter 2 – Sindhi Chapter – “Bhit Ja Bhitai” has been produced, arranged, mixed, mastered and recorded by Irfan Kiani. Recorded in a single-take live studio format, this mesmerizing song can be experienced in its pure authentic untainted organic form of music.
Chapter 2 – Sindhi Chapter – “Bhit Ja Bhitai” is associated with the Sindhi folk singers who have been performing this song at the Shrine of Bhitai for decades. It had also been recorded by various folk artists including the legendary Mai Bhaagee. WAJD – Volume 1 Chapter 2 features Steve George on the classical Nylon string guitar, Ustad Baqir Abbas on Japanese recorder, Irfan Kiani and Imran Ali on harmonium, Asif Ali Goga on dholak and Sharafat on Sindhi khartaal. Hadiqa also features on the Balochi damboor for the first time ever.
The song has been captured both on audio and video simultaneously in Shahi Qila [The Lahore Fort or Royal Fort – a citadel in the walled city of Lahore]. With visualization, direction and post-production by Abdullah Haris, Chapter 2 – Sindhi Chapter – “Bhit Ja Bhitai” has been shot in a single-take format in natural daylight capturing the true spirit and essence of the song. Styling for the video has been done by Noah Ibrahim & Wazhma Awan with hair and make-up by Hadiqa Kiani Salon.
Bhit Ja Bhitai – The Sindhi ChapterAfter “The Saraiki Chapter” from WAJD crossed 1 Million views, we are officially releasing “The Sindhi Chapter!” This single, which pays tribute to Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, is very close to my heart, I have aimed to sing solely with my soul, as my spectacular musicians have played their instruments with their souls, and I hope that that comes through to you through this performance. Love.
Listen to the audio excluviely on Patari: http://patari.pk/home/song/Hadiqa-Kiani-Bhit-Ja-Bhitai
Review in Instep: “The song is the classic folk tune ‘Bhit Ja Bhitai’ but its Kiani’s rendition of the same that is thrilling. More to the point, it is her first song in this particular language. Backed by a strong music ensemble, the song sounds organic and therefore, beautiful. The deliberate ethnic diversity on Wajd is a strong statement to make in these divisive, polarizing times.”
Posted by Hadiqa Kiani on Wednesday, April 26, 2017