‘Pasoori’ is a song that keeps on giving.
Ali Sethi and Shae Gill’s infectious song abandoned on February 7 as part of Coke Studio season 14. Written by Sethi and Fazal Abbas, music was produced by Abdullah Siddiqui and Xulfi. Even though we’re on our knees in May, the song’s popularity shows no sign of waning. In fact, it has only replicated itself, inspiring covers not just from Pakistan but from other countries.
Among his successes, the song climbed to number 3 on Spotify’s global chart and refuses to leave the list. It has also been called the song “uniting Pakistan and India” by the new yorker (not so easy).
How famous can a song become? While you’re pondering that question, here are three versions of “Pasoori” you might like to add to your playlist.
Panoramic views, painted skies at sunset, and an instrumental version of “Pasoori” that serenades your senses are a way to spend some Zen time this weekend.
Siyal Khan is a musician from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the rubab is his instrument of choice. His food is a feast for the eyes and the ears; beautiful places serve as the backdrop for his videos of different covers, including that of the The iron Throne sound and Bollywood Success.
There’s no doubt that the lyrics of ‘Pasoori’ are a big draw for listeners, but there’s also something to be said for reducing a song to its music and nothing else. And that’s why we end up playing this on repeat.
Music crosses borders whether people do or not, and singer Mansa Pandey from New Delhi is proof of that.
She’s already covered Coke Studio’s “Tu Jhoom” and other Pakistani songs. So how could she not have this raging success?
While Mansa uses his soulful vocals to give the song its own spin, like Siyal, the music is limited to one instrument. The combo lets us appreciate the lyrics as well as the melody, and so we’re very grateful that she “found some time to fit that banger” into her schedule.
‘Pasoori’ has gone international and Dutch singer Emma Heesters’ cover is just one of the many examples that show it has become a global phenomenon.
The songwriter kept the chorus but changed the lyrics to match the original song. The fact that she has over 5 million subscribers on YouTube alone is a testament to her vocal prowess and talent as a cover singer.
Here’s the YouTuber enjoying the song as much as we do.
Can you think of any other renditions we missed? Let us know in the “Comments” section!