Faqeera

Let’s explore the Magic of Sindh with Coke Studio Explorer’s Faqeera

Coke Studio Explorer’s mini-series ‘Faqeera’ is a tribute to the wandering saints of this region  ever engrossed in the pursuit of truth, harmony and humanity.

Growing up in a village in rural Sindh, Shamu Bai was classically trained from an early age and by the time she was barely seven, she started singing traditional devotional songs (called bhajans).

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Despite growing up as one of the nine siblings, Shamu and her younger brother Vishnu were the only two that had an incomparable vocal prowess as well as a passion to pursue it more seriously.

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At 21, Shamu’s voice conveys an acute sense of intimacy which is forceful and emotive. Whereas Vishnu, 14, who only properly started training two years ago has a strong earthy tone of delivery, which is both raw and moving when heard by the listener.

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The brother-sister duo, who perform live sets at weddings and local festivals featuring Vishnu on dholak and Shamu Bai taking center stage with vocals and harmonium, are all set for their debut appearance on Coke Studio Explorer.

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Coke studio Explorer brings you the story of Shamu Bai and Vishnu from Dewaan Lal Chand, Sindh.

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The song pays a tribute to their land which absorbs the musical treasure of South Asia.

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Shamu & Vishnu have crooned the song with their heart and soul which will indeed leave a lasting impact on the listeners.

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The Coke Studio team will travel to every nook and cranny of the country to feature the unexplored talent that exists in Pakistan in order to celebrate the diversity of music.

Zohaib and Ali were also gushing about Shamu’s & Vishnu’s soulful vocals on twitter:

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Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi shot the song with excited children, livestock roaming around in order to capture the real essence of Sindh.

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