April 09, 2004
Shazia Mansoor

Shazia Mansoor is a famous Pakistani singer of Punjabi folk music - some of which has a traditional bhangra edge to it. The latest of her albums (Ishq Sona) has already been a hit in the UK Asian pop scene - and features some very interesting tracks - one of which you can sample here. This particular song (called “Es Dil Tay Jan Ji”) is a catchy number - and has a particularly infectious quality to it. It’s also interesting because Shazia seems to experiment with changing her tone of singing voice during the chorus line.

Click on play in the media player below to listen. The songs is encoded at a very low bit rate - so it should play whilst it’s downloading provided your Internet connection is 56kbps or better. The downside is that the quality of the sound could be a lot better - but you could always buy the album if you like it!

I have memories of when I was a schoolkid - on sunny days - travelling on daytrips to the seaside (Skegness) in my Uncle’s car - sitting in the back seat playing cards with my cousins - there would be music like this playing loud in the car’s cassette player - and my Uncle used to be singing along!

Posted by jag at April 09, 2004 11:52 AM

Hey it even plays on my dialup connection. Great! Song’s good too! :)

Posted by: Anand on April 9, 2004 05:59 PM

I remember another pakistani folk singer Reshma who sang in a hindi movie called Hero starring Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi. It was a very sweet song and Reshma had the right kind of voice for folk music.

Posted by: Sanjay Vyas on April 10, 2004 11:41 AM

hi Jag, how r u doin’ buddy. me after long time here. as u must be knowing now, i don’t listen hindi much, but still i liked the song u posted. kewl beat and swing. btw check this link. its one of the most haunting melodies i ever heard in hindi recently. didnt hear full album though. once u loaded this page http://www.ishqrecords.com/gunjanBiog.htm u should be able to listen this humming. awesome man. isn’t it? its bally sagoo site. enjoy…

Posted by: JustZen on April 11, 2004 01:53 PM

Anand: Hey, glad it worked - and glad you liked it!

Sanjay: I haven’t seen the “Hero” film yet - but will rent it soon now that you mention that song!

Zen: Hey - I’m fine - hope you are well too. I have definitely heard Gunjan before - she is a real hit - as you know Bally Sagoo is one of the bhangra gods over here! Which reminds me to update my CD collection at some point - as I haven’t got the Flashback 2 album myself!

Posted by: Jag on April 12, 2004 09:53 AM

What a coincidence, after I wrote this comment, in todays Time of India there is a front page interview with Reshma.

Posted by: Sanjay Vyas on April 12, 2004 11:29 AM

Hi folks!
I am a gr8 fan of Shazia Manzoor. Lot of Hindi film songs copied from her tunes. Es Dil Tay Jan Ji is not only a gr8 foot tapping number, but has a fantastic video too. The girl in the video is the best girl i have ever seen in the history of punjabi music videos.
Chao! Aniket

Posted by: Aniket on June 5, 2004 09:26 AM

Hi there Aniket - I haven’t seen the video to Es Dil Tay Jan Ji - but I sure do want to see it now that you mention it!

Posted by: Jag on June 5, 2004 07:34 PM

Hi Jag,
I hope u’ve seen the video of Es Dil Tay Jan Ji and hope u liked it. Another song which I love is Botalan Sharab Diyan Akhan Teriyan By Bally Sagoo.

Posted by: Aniket on June 26, 2004 11:08 AM

hey i like bally sago’s new cd
ah wt were a greate song in there,

Posted by: raj on June 29, 2004 07:09 AM

i like Amar Arshei’s songs very much.
“sanu vekh mukhra chhupan walie’it was evry nice song evry one in new zealand using to listin this song heaps of time a day.

Posted by: raja jhingranwala NZ on June 29, 2004 07:15 AM

Very nice song, really nice traditional number by Shazia Mansoor


Posted by: Sekhon on July 16, 2004 11:58 AM

Hi How r u? Hope very well

U’r every song is great touches the heart of everyone.

Posted by: Teena Bains on September 17, 2004 03:24 AM

Hi there nice choice BOTALAN SHARAB DIYAYN how come you havent added this track to your site.…?

Posted by: Ali on November 7, 2004 10:36 AM
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