2 Waris ShahAmrita Pritam (1919-2005) was an Indian writer and poet, considered the first prominent Punjabi woman, poet, novelist, essayist, and the leading 20th- century poet of the Punjabi language with over 100 books to her name. Her poignant poem, Aj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah)- is an elegy addressed to the 18th- century Punjabi poet, capturing her anguish over massacres during the Partition of India (1947). Waris Shah (1722-1798) was a Punjabi Sufi poet, born in Jandiallah Sher Khan, in what is now the Punjab in Pakistan. He is best- known for his work Heer Ranjha, based on the traditional and tragic folk tale of Heer and her lover Ranjha, considered one of the quintessential works of classical Punjabi literature. Waris Shah, the sufi sage, was a consummate artiste, deeply learned in Sufi knowledge and local cultural lore. His verse is considered a treasure- trove of Punjabi phrases, idioms and imagery.
3 Sajan'Sajan' was the second song to be released as a single off the band's debut record, 'Sampooran' in 2004. It went on to be a fan favourite and with the passage of time. it's popularity has not diminished. The live version of this song sees the band bring it to a intense and spiritually drenched climax, concluded with flute and guitar solos not heard on any of the band's recordings. This is a Shah Hussain ‘kafi’ that like all spiritual communication, communicates at more than one level. In this beautifully written poem the comparison is ostensibly between two lovers but at a spiritual level it is the desire of a mortal to seek a lasting relationship with God. Shah Hussain talks of the need for a ‘wakeel’ – a mediator, someone who understands and helps. The reference is to the Prophet and seeking his help in finding true salvation. The concluding lyrics refer to Shah Hussain as a ‘fakir’ or mendicant who laments the transitory nature of life on earth and the ultimate reconciliation of man with his destiny. In treating this deeply spiritual message, MHB has approached the melody like a soft and lilting ballad that tugs at the heartstrings, making us reflect on life and in doing so, finding that moment that soothes the soul.
4 SampooranThis largely instrumental track is off the band's debut record, and remains a favourite with the fans. The tune features a pun on the number 7,(Sampooran the term itself means belonging to a family of 7), utilizing a 7/8 and then 7/4 groove before dropping a beat to feature another section and then dropping two more beats to come to a more regular sounding 4/4 section which comprises the main body of the tune. Vocally, a classical composition based on Raag Aiman, features a bandish attributed to the legendary Hazrat Amir Khusro (1253-1325), the father of qawwali. Each instrumentalist also features as a soloist during the course of the tune, with the live version featuring a delicate and beautifully phrased bass solo by Sheldon D'Silva.
5 Ya AliThis classical bandish originally composed by Ustad Salamat Ali Khan is a fervent appeal to Hazrat Ali, seeking his intervention in easing the suffering of his devotee. This invocation is a traditional masterpiece popularised by Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and has been sung in various genres by musicians over the years. It has immense appeal and is usually the finale in the Mekaal Hasan Band’s repertoire. Largely improvised, the band has performed Ya Ali with resounding passion and energy over and over again
6 DarbariThis persian tarana was written by Amir Khusrao (1253–1325), an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent, who, apart from being an expert in many styles of Persian poetry, is also considered the father of Qawalli as well as the inventor of the Sitar and Tabla.
7 Late MoonThis is an instrumental track which shows yet another side to the writing style of the band.
Pakistan’s most critically-acclaimed group plays an exciting and unique blend of traditional Eastern Hindustani/Pakistani Classical and Punjabi folk music in it’s first album with musical arrangements in the style of the classic jazz rock bands of the 70’s like Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Sampooran is the groundbreaking debut album of Mekaal Hasan Band, originally released in 2004 and now rereleased in 2020 with cutting edge HD mastering.
Javed Bashir – Vocals
Mohammad Ahsan Papu – Flute
John “Gumby” Louis Pinto – Drums on Tracks 1,2,3,4
Pete Lockett – Drums and Percussion on Tracks 5,6,7,8
Bass: Michael Mondesir on Tracks 1,5,6,8
Bass: Sameer Ahmed on Track 3, MH on Track 4
Keyboards,Percussion and Co-Composer: Javed AkhtarRecorded & Mixed at Digital Fidelity Studios, Lahore, Pakistan
All songs written and music composed by Mekaal Hasan Band
Album Mixed, Mastered & Produced by Mekaal Hasan
ArtistsJaved Akhtar Javed Bashir Louis Pinto Mekaal Hasan Michael Mondesir Mohammad Ahsan Pete Lockett Sameer Ahmad
Release DateJuly 12, 2017
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