Aayan Arif: Irfan Ali Taj is a story of struggle, hard work and determination. The Chitral based musician terms himself as, “A struggler folk artist having the soul of true Pakistani Culture and Music”. The purity of his relation with the mountains of Chitral sounds in his voice.
His debut song Ashiqi Angar, featuring the sensational Zoe Viccaji is making waves of success. The song is a beautiful fusion of Folk and Western music, dedicated to love. The mesmerizing music of Rubab, Misri Drums and guitars are sounding pretty well in this song.
A very few would know that Irfan wanted to study Musicology but he could not due to some reasons and he decided to study BBA. This was where he got the exposure he dreamt of. He made his own band and performed at different events. Soon he got a call for an ad of which Zoe was also a part of and she asked him to pursue music as his career. Initially, Zoe was not a part of Ashiqi Angar but the melody of the song compelled her to be a part of this lovely song.
We all know that Zoe has a western style of singing and Irfan has a voice of a folk singer. The collaboration is much like of Hadiqa Kiyani’s Janan which was a massive hit in its time. But Irfan does not want to be recognized as a folk musician but a versatile singer and he is ready to try every genre in near future. Who knows, that we might hear him singing a western style ballad. One thing is for sure, this guy has huge amount of talent and Zoe has found a good one in him for our industry. Time will tell, where this guy goes and what he achieves as a musician but for now, Ashiqi Angar has lit up fire of love in millions of hearts around the country.
Published in taazi.com on 25th Feb 2016