Pakistan’s Pioneer Blues/Jazz Band Release New Single Layee Hayaat

[Pakistan, Thursday 22nd December’16]: Pakistan’s pioneer blues/jazz band Blue Sax has released the audio of their latest single Layee Hayat which can be heard here:


The song is a cover of the ghazal originally by Ustad Ibrahim Zauq, considered as a leading light amongst Urdu poets in the subcontinent, across all ages.

 Layee Hayat is considered to be one of the best works by Ustad Ibrahim Zauq and has been performed by several legendary singers over the years, most prominently by KL Saigal. This is the first time the ghazal has been covered in the blues/jazz genre. The inspiration behind the poetry has been the fact that no one has any control over one’s actions and destiny. It is a direct strike against the arrogance and condescension of the human mind, lying bare in essence, the inability of the human being to do or accomplish anything.

Speaking about why Blue Sax chose to record this cover, the band’s founder Talha Ali Kushava says,“Layee Hayat has been a part of my musical journey since the beginning. I used to hear KLSaigal’s version from my Uncle’s collection, which can also be heard in the beginning of our version. I have been performing this song at live events for years now, which later became a part of Blue Sax’s live set. It was only natural we recorded an official version of this cover. I hope the audience enjoys our cover as much as we did while recording it”.

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Formed in 2011, “Bluesax” Band, as the name suggests, usually follows a blues structure for their songs about social and spiritual themes. With roots in diverse educational and musical backgrounds- ranging from the highly acclaimed ‘Punjab Gharana’ of tabla playing , ‘Tafu’ musician family, hard rock and blues guitar, and saxophone playing, Bluesax decided to apply their experiences in the creation of a rich music style which would make them pioneers of a beautiful blend of jazz/blues and eastern classical music we could truly call “Desi Blues”.



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