Sunday, April 24, 2005

The Jazz Bit

I'm not a fan of the whiny, self-obsessed, banshee acoustics of the desi alternative/grunge scene but there's these two guys from Peshawar who've come out with a few singles, one of which is a very impressive jazz piece. I don't know about their songs but the instrumental's slick enough to deserve a listen. It can be downloaded here.


Blogger yasmine said...

thanks for the heads up. will check out the downloads, but for now all i want to say that his spelling of "parwez" vs. the usually-seen "parvez" is hilarious to me at the moment. ahhh, the desi "w." i love it. okay, i'll stop now.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Bushra said...

hmm.. the only pak music ive liked for a looooong time is atif.. it's soft and nice.

12:28 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...


Yasmine: it's a legitimate spelling. Urdu doesn't differentiate between the "v" and "w" sounds. Everything is spelt with a "wow".

Bushra: Atif's ok but I thought he's over-rated. I'm listening to the soundtrack of "Bunty aur Babli" these days. It's really good; innocent, funny, charming, hopeful. Especially the song, Dhadak Dhadak.

4:54 AM  
Blogger yasmine said...

But Urdu DOES differentiate between the "v" and "w" sounds, doesn't it? ex. "wo" (that) vs. "beevee" (wife), although both are spelled with the letter "wow." And I've always heard the name pronounced as "Parvez," hence my surprise and amusement at "Parwez."

6:27 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...


I'm not sure but I think the difference in pronounciation for certain words is dictated more by common consent and personal preference rather than any actual rule. I've heard both the words you mentioned pronounced with a "v" sound as well as a "w" sound. But let me check up on that. . .

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yah ist like when desis think that their whole culture is wrong, they start singing their name with a "w" instead, because a V represents the backwards desi traditional

8:19 AM  
Blogger Knicq said...

So right about that one Ayan.

Its the same guys who start writing Mugees instead of Mughees, Kamar instead of Qamar, and substitute a "yay" for "alif" in the country's name...

...and hey, I am so with you on Atif being over rated... Fuzon rulez! and Mekaal Hassan Band, and Mauj...

2:42 AM  

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