Michael Jackson in Pushto

Posted on July 2, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Humor, Music
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Adil Najam

I thought a fair bit about whether I should put this up or not. Its corny. But so very funny. So, here goes. [Thanks, again, to Adnan Siddiqi’s blog for alerting me to this].

Call me what you will, but I laughed out loud when I first saw this. The song selection really fits well with the video … in some cases, eerily so (for example, when Jackson magically appears just as he should ‘Laila’). After about a minute or so the humor of the video wears off but you are still left with a really catchy Pushto pop song.

More than that, it also gives me an excuse to talk about the revolution in pop-music in regional languages going on in Pakistan. Rahim Shah (who is singing this song; new post on Rahim Shah with new video here) is an absolute phenomenon in Pushto pop music (he is of Afghan descent, born and raised in Karachi, and he also has a number of hits in Urdu, especially including Jhoola). Similar trends are seen in Sindhi pop too. Not sure about other regional languages, though.

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9 responses to “Michael Jackson in Pushto”

  1. Abraz says:


  2. thunder says:

    Rahim Shah the king of pashto pop music, love his voice. I hope he soon gets credit for his hard work. If your interested in more from his side search on tube, watch his concert in Qabul(Qabul Shah reallhy rocket the Qabul that night) most watch if your Rahim Shah fan.

  3. Hassan says:

    WOW. just stumbled here. what a funny video. nice song too.

  4. Owais Mughal says:

    Thanks for sharing. This was indeed entertaining

  5. Tahir says:

    Interesting video.

    Btw, he was born in Swat, and the last time I checked Swat was to the east of the Durand Line! ;)

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