It is about time for Naseebo Lal to be recognized for her talent, especially after her soulful duet with Abida Parveen. The opening track for Coke Studio 14, Tu Jhoom, received praise not only in Pakistan but also from across the border.
Indian Punjabi singer, Daler Mehndi, had nothing but admiration for the soulful composition and Lal’s voice. The Tunak Tunak Tun hitmaker shared a video on Instagram to dedicate and display his love for Lal’s vocals in the song and otherwise.
“Today I want to tell you that Naseebo Lal has made a name for herself in India and everywhere in the world where people love music,” said the singer. “Her voice is capable of conquering every music lover’s heart.”
“Whoever is watching this, send lots of blessings to Naseebo Lal Ji,” he added. The Zor Ka Jhatka crooner further requested the Groove Mera singer to “keep delighting music lovers with her music”.
Have a look at the video:
It is, indeed, pleasing to see how Lal, whose voice is often misused by producers, is finally being put to good use and given the recognition it deserves. Her higher registers are complimenting Parveen’s lower registers effortlessly and they both seem to have made the perfect sonic pairing.
Tu Jhoom received widespread attention and love not only for its soulful composition and unusual pairing but for Lal being taken on by a big music platform as well. Crossing over 10 million views on YouTube, the song became an instant hit lauded by many Pakistani celebrities and gave hopes for the revival of the music scene.
The song is not as loud or aggressive as Xulfi’s prior hits but it is not entirely grounded either. It has a levitating feel to it, perhaps what mystic dreams are made of. True to its name, it takes its sweet time before reaching its zenith and then disperses.
Nirmala Maghani, a singer from Umerkot, recently claimed that Xulfi had lifted the melody of the song from a sample she had sent him in June 2021. She said that she only wants recognition and due credit for her work.
Xulfi released a statement on January 19 to address the accusation, saying his work “is not borrowed or without credit, given that what I share with the world is work that relies on the very essence of partnership and collaboration”.
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