"I always wanted to perform 'Mai Ne Mein'."
� Atif Aslam
of the most interesting tunes to come out of Coke Studio this year was
'Mai Ne Main', which was sung magnificently by Atif Aslam. It was one of
the most daring moves Atif has made in his career. After all, this song is
iconic. And to be able to re-do a song that is such a huge part of our
folk music heritage was certainly not easy. But Atif proved his mettle
"I always wanted to
perform 'Mai Ne' with a dhol formation. I got a chance to do that at Coke
Studio and I can't thank the musicians enough," said Atif while
speaking to Instep.
about this particular tune, Rohail Hyatt, the producer of Coke Studio told
Instep: "Coke Studio's version of 'Mai Ne Mein' is a real dhammal
malang version of a folk track. I love the rawness and it winds around
quite naturally like a river. It has a few intense moments in it too with
Atif wonderfully holding his notes very artfully. It's not like a usual
song at all - it's just a long winding trip, which is what I love the most
about it. Atif really shines through with his amazing focus, talent and
expression and the house band seem to drift wonderfully well with the mood
of the song. The chemistry of the song was certainly reflective of the
mood and ambience of Coke Studio and I'm rather glad experiments like
these have finally made it to main stream music."
Telling us more about
the history, Rohail further stated, "The original 'Mai Ne Mein' by
Hamid Ali Bela is one of my favorite folk songs and although this version
is nothing like the original, I believe that's the real beauty of music -
that one can totally re-work a track and make it their own. That's music.
I hope people are inspired to hear the original version after hearing this
version. Not to compare - but to appreciate the past and the
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