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Zayn Malik features Rafi’s ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand’ in new album

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you would know that Zayn Malik has just released his third solo album titled Nobody is Listening, with 11 tracks on the list.

The album, which is all of 35 minutes long, is yet another stunning display of Malik’s vocal abilities following in after his first and second outings, Mind of Mine and Icarus Falls. Termed as ‘quietly purposeful pop’ by NME, the record is passionate and delicate.

However, one song that has raptured his South Asian fanbase is Tightrope!

Much as he did in his first album’s intermission track fLoWeR, Malik once again chose to explore his roots in this track, sampling Mohammed Rafi’s classic 1960s track Chaudhvin Ka Chand in his own voice.

While the whole track seems to emit a distinct desi sound thanks to its qawwali-esque melodies, it’s around the outro that we hear Malik crooning in Urdu, an ode to his Pakistani father’s native language.

Naturally, Malik is being lauded by his fans and critics alike for his experimentation. Many in the YouTube comment section also pointed out that his Urdu diction has improved since his earlier attempts.

Apart from fLoWeR, Malik’s cover of the Bollywood hit Allah Duhai Hai from the blockbuster film Race also went viral on YouTube, and currently boasts 9.3 million views.




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