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Lahore-based Beygairat Brigade’s Aalu Anday goes viral on the Net

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi |
October 20, 2011 2:15:17 am

A peppy Punjabi number by a young Pakistani band has gone viral on the Internet,attracting a wave of hits for its satirical lyrics lampooning the Pakistani army and political class. The video,which has got over 70,000 views on YouTube in two days makes a reference to the farcical situation in which 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab is treated as a “hero”,and Governor Salmaan Taseer’s killer Mumtaz Qadri as a “nawab”.

The number,Aalu Anday,is the first single uploaded to YouTube by the six-month-old Lahore band Beygairat Brigade,and features Ali Aftab Saeed,27,Daniyal Malik,23,and 15-year-old guitarist Hamza Malik.

“Political analysts in Pakistan are called ghairat. We’ve played on this and named ourselves ‘Beghairat’ — we do exactly the opposite of what they say,” Saeed and Daniyal Malik told The Indian Express over the phone from Lahore. Saeed hummed the number — “Our fans call our music political rock ’n’ roll. We’re good with this,” he said.

“Meri maa ne pack kiye aalu anday,main nahi khaane,mainu lagde hain gande (My mother has packed potatoes and eggs,I won’t eat them,I don’t like them),” begins the song,before taking digs at Nawaz Sharif,Imran Khan and Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

“Aitthe Qadri banya nawab hai,aitthe hero Ajmal Kasab hai (Here Qadri is treated like a royal,here Ajmal Kasab is the most loyal),” goes the song.

The video shows the three band members in school uniforms,with their faces painted. They periodically hold up signs that read “Nawaz Sharif bye bye,Papa Kyani no likey you!”,“Tehreek-e-Insaf = Goodlooking Jamaat-e-Islami”,“Mullah + Military = Zia-ul-Yuckee”.

There are two especially sarcastic — and brave — ones: “This video is sponsored by Zionists” and,right at the end,“If you want a bullet through my head,‘like’ this video”.

Daniyal Malik,who also dabbles in theatre,said the band debated for a month whether they should put the video online. “We even gave Hamza the choice to walk out since the song created a bit of a controversy and we did not want him to get into any trouble,” Malik said.

But Beygairat Brigade is not a band of angry young men,they said. “We are not angry. Sarcasm comes from observation,not anger. We’ve just written what we’ve seen around us,” said Saeed,who works with a TV channel in Lahore.

“We have expressed our political views through the song,” Saeed said. “Aalu-anday is what we have got — the circumstances that we were born in. And we aspire for chicken di boti —­ which signifies that people in Pakistan want better.”

The reaction to the video has been overwhelmingly positive. Over the past two days,the band has got record deal offers and offers to collaborate with various other bands. But the one compliment that both Saeed and Daniyal Malik can’t get over is a tweet from a friend from India: “The lyrics suit the situation in India perfectly,just change the names.”

Beygairat Brigade is set to release their debut album early next year. And politically-tuned lyrics will continue to be a part of the music they make.

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