Heer (instrumental)

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"Heer"
Single by Junoon
from the album Junoon and Azadi
Released 1991 (re-released in 1997)
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1991
Genre Sufi rock
Alternative rock
Length 4:49 (album version)
4:38 (music video)
Label EMI Pakistan, Sadaf Stereo
Writer(s) Salman Ahmad
Producer(s) Salman Ahmad
Junoon singles chronology
"Heer"
(1991)
"Talaash"
(1993)
Junoon track listing
"Jogia"
(4)
"Heer"
(5)
"Khwab"
(6)
Azadi track listing
"Mukh Gae Nay"
(5)
"Heer"
(6)
"Wahda Hoo"
(7)

"Heer" (Urdu: ہیر, literal English translation: "pure") is an instrumental song by the Pakistani sufi rock band Junoon. The instrumental was first released on the band's self-titled debut album, Junoon released in 1991 and later in the fourth studio album, Azadi released in 1997.[1] The instrumental is composed by the band's lead guitarist Salman Ahmad. The instrumental uses blending of rock guitars and bluesy vocals with eastern elements like the use of tablas, raga-inspired melodies and traditional Pakistani folk music.

In concerts, the song has been frequently performed by Junoon as an intro to their song "Heeray". The music video of the instrumental single is based on the famous poem Heer Ranjha by Waris Shah, it is also one of the popular tragic romances of the Punjab. It tells the story of the love of Heer and her lover Ranjha.

In addition, the instrumental song has also featured in the compilation album Kashmakash, released in 1995. "Heer" was named at #4 in a list of Junoon's top 10 songs published by Gibson Guitar on their website.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video of the instrumental single "Heer" by Junoon is based on one of the famous tragic romances of the Punjab, Heer Ranjha. The video starts off with the sun rising and then a clip of a female dancer dancing in traditional sufi manner. Afterwards, Salman Ahmad is seen playing his guitar with a tabla player in several scenes in the music video. In the middle of the video, the story of the love of Heer and her lover Ranjha begins with several scenes showing Salman Ahmad playing his lead guitar and several shots of the female dancer performing traditional sufi dance. Several scenes are shown with Heer and Ranjha secretly meeting each other but Heer's family finds it out and then Heer is shown in grieve, heartbroken. In the end, several men are seen beating Ranjha and Heer could be seen crying and asking them to stop beating Ranjha. The video ends with Heer as she attempts suicide by killing her own self with a knife after seeing her lover Ranjha brutually killed by her own family.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Heer

All tracks written by Junoon.

No. Title Length
1. "Heer" 4:49
2. "Heer" (Video) 4:38

Cover versions[edit]

  • 2011: Shahjehan Khan (covered an instrumental version of the song on Junoon's 20th anniversary album)

Personnel[edit]

Junoon
Additional musicians
  • Ustad Ashiq Ali Mir - tablas

References[edit]

  1. ^ Azadi - Junoon (1997), Retrieved on May 6, 2011.
  2. ^ The Perfect Mix: The Top 10 Junoon Songs Retrieved on August 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Junoon - Heer (Music video), Retrieved on May 6, 2011.

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