Singing Leaders: Who Sings Best of All?

Posted on December 14, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Music, People, Politics
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Adil Najam

I want to revisit a question I had first posed more than a year ago: Who Sang the Best Amongst Our Leaders? But I will expand the field to not just those who ruled Pakistan (President / Prime Minister) but also those who aspire to do so. As I had mentioned in that post “the idea of a leader who can appreciate music – and good music – is an endearing one” but also that I hope I am – and also that our readers are – capable of differentiating between what we think of someone’s singing ability and their political philosophy. I certainly do not, and hope you will not, react to the one on the basis of the other.

With that said, here are three samples of political leaders singing (I have tried to pick samples that they may have themselves picked out): Shahbaz Sharif singing ‘Akelay na jaana’; Altaf Hussain singing ‘BaRRey be-murawat hain yeh husn waaley; and Pervaiz Musharraf singing ‘Laagi rey tousey laagi, najar tousey laagi.

Shahbaz Sharif: ‘Akelay na jaana’

Altaf Hussain: ‘BaRRey be-murawat hain yeh

Pervaiz Musharraf: ‘Laagi rey tousey laagi

I am sure, and I hope, that other leaders sing too and we will add their performances if we can find them. Meanwhile, enjoy these maestros; and do please let us know what you think of their performances. (Lets please leave a discussion of their politics for another place and another time).

17 responses to “Singing Leaders: Who Sings Best of All?”

  1. Zahra Asif says:

    Would Mush stop saying ‘laaagi’ already? :P They got so stuck on that!

  2. sharat says:

    Musharraf wins hands down on the tone the taal and the presentation was also nice even though guided. He must have a very musical ear.

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