The 34 year old Pakistani British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed knows how to break the internet, also starred in Star Wars and The Night Of. He is one of the rap duo Swet Shop Boys who has dropped the best song this time in collaboration with Ali Sethi. This latest song ‘Aaja’ is a tribute to Qandeel Baloch (Late). The music of this song has something that people are not getting over.
Dressed as qawwals, the video is all about a young boy who follows his crush and ended when they both come to the Swet Shop Boys concert. There is also a Qandeel Baloch voice note at the end of this video, who was killed last year in honor.
The mix up of Qawwali and rap has attracted many audiences and this has got people talking especially the tribute to Qandeel Baloch. Swet Shop boys share their views related to Qawwali in a press release. “Qawwali is a Sufi devotional music popular in both Pakistan and India, fusing together Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Indian musical traditions. The lyrics often blur the line between spiritual and hedonistic, and thus Qawwali performances are typically spaces where one could mix sacred and profane sentiments with a gender and age-mixed audience. While we shot the video in August, our mission is even more important today: to respond to fear and divisiveness with defiant love.”
The shooting of this video was done in Flushing, Coney Island, Queens and Brooklyn purposefully to “bridge the gap between Pakistani and Indian communities the same way qawwali has”.
Presenting to you ‘Swet Shop Boys’
The real qawwals
Sort of love at first sight!
The boy is giving everyone concert flyers
And ‘Ankhon Hi Ankhon Ma’ they decided to meet at Swet Shop Boys concert…
How can we forget Ali Sethi! Screaming Pesaaaaaa
Hansi toh phansi
The couple end up watching the concert together… Some halal moments!
In the end, you will be glad to hear the voice of Qandeel Baloch