This week, Zeb Bangash and her Brooklyn-based band, Sandaraa (meaning ‘song’ in Pashto), released their latest single, Farz Karo, a beautiful track featuring the poetry of the renowned Urdu poet and writer, Ibn-e-Insha.
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Having joined forces five years ago, Bangash and Michael Winograd (a clarinet maestro), along with a group of well-known Brooklyn artistes, are starting the new year with the release of tracks featuring the lyrics and poetry of celebrated Urdu poets such as Ibn-e-Insha, Majaz Lakhnawi and more.
Having been presented a grant by the Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program, Bangash states that she had Winograd endeavour to use the grant to highlight rich pieces of Urdu poetry from the past and the present day.
“We looked at content that was not only modern, but also that lent itself to song beautifully,” Bangash says, “It was a challenging and an exciting process for us because for the first time we were composing tunes together and putting together original compositions. It was also a learning process because it really brought Sandaraa into a very different and exciting phase.”
Watch the song here!