Beygairat Brigade

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Beygairat Brigade
Also known as Shameless Brigade (English)
Origin Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Genres Rock
Years active Since 2011; 4 years ago (2011)
Members Ali Aftab Saeed
Daniyal Malik
Hamza Malik

Beygairat Brigade (Urdu/Western Punjabi: بےغیرت بریگیڈ; lit.Shameless Brigade) is a Pakistani rock band, formed in 2011 and based in Lahore, Punjab.[1] The band has produced three satirical tracks so far and has mocked Pakistan Army and army rule in Pakistan.

History[edit]

The band's lead vocalist is Ali Aftab Saeed; Hashir Ibrahim, Daniyal Malik and Hamza Malik are also members of the band.[1] The videos are directed by Farhan Adeel.

The band became popular when they released their first song "Aalu Anday", " an unsparing song that lampoons Pakistan's top politicians and generals from Ashfaq Kayani to Zia-ul-Haq, from Nawaz Sharif to Imran Khan";[2] After it became a hit song on YouTube[3] and local video websites, mainstream Pakistani media started playing it as well in spite of its political content.[4]

Beygairat Brigade released their second single Sab Paisay Ki Game Hai in February 2013. It criticised people's obsession with money and how it influences Pakistan's politics and safety issues. The song was extensively played in local media and immediately became a hit.[4]

The Band's latest single "Dhinak Dhinak" released in May 2013 criticizing the Military's indirect domination of Pakistan politics was released and was promptly blocked on the video sharing site Vimeo [1], no reasons were cited. The lead singer, Ali Aftab Saeed, suspects that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the video after a nod from the military.[5]

Discography[edit]

Members[edit]

  • Ali Aftab Saeed – lead vocalist
  • Hamza Malik – guitarist
  • Daniyal Malik – percussionist

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Khan, Sher (17 February 2013). "Beygairat Brigade Is Back with a New Satirical Track". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Arora, Kim (1 November 2011). "In Pakistan, Protest Music is a Tradition". Times News Network (via The Times of India). Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  3. ^ (registration required) Masood, Salman (6 November 2011). "Satirical Song, a YouTube Hit, Challenges Extremism in Pakistan". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview with Beygairat Brigade [pol]". Ziemia Niczyja. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/world/asia/satirical-song-blocked-in-pakistan-but-no-reason-is-given.html?_r=0

External links[edit]

Ali Aftab Saeed on Facebook