I spent the majority of the day in Hyde Park today and a friend of mine randomly said “you’re always asking me if I have any new music for you and I always say no – well, I have a song now; one that I know you will really like”. We obviously didn’t have any internet connection in the park so we loaded youtube on our blackberry and began to watch the video of the song over there.
Ever heard of Laal? I hadn’t. Apparently, they are social activists along with musicians, and have been recording some great music on different Pakistani poets. The song that we were listening to was “Umeed E Sahar”, which is an ode to a new dawn and the video is brilliant. To be honest, I didn’t like it the first time I heard it but I gave it another chance and have been listening to it ever since. It’s brilliant – extremely passionate & powerful on so many levels. The song is based on the work of the late Faiz Ahmed Faiz; one of Pakistan’s most famous modern Urdu poets.
It doesn’t matter what nationality you are as the video of this song has a great message for all of us. Translation is included in the clip below so check it out.