Pakistan Music: Laal and Inqalab (My Slogan is Revolution)
Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
Laal (http://www.laal.com.pk) and their music track “Inqalab” once more hits the heights and this applies to music, potent lyrics, and highlighting a message which needs to be heard. Unlike “Dehshatgardi Murdabad” (Death to Terrorism) by Laal which is aimed at religious extremism, nations who sponsored Sunni Islamic extremism, the role of the CIA and the national governments of Pakistan and America; the music track “Inqalab” is aimed at massive inequality in South Asia and the daily suffering of bonded laborers.
The lyrics and melody of “Inqalab” appeals to an international audience because you can feel genuine passion. “Inqalab” is milder than “Dehshatgardi Murdabad” when it comes to the beat of music but this doesn’t make the message less powerful. On the contrary, Laal is highlighting their musical talents alongside lyrics which have deep meanings. Therefore, both music tracks show the diversity of Laal and that their message applies to a whole ray of important issues.
“Dehshatgardi Murdabad” is firmly based on events in Afghanistan and Pakistan but “Inqalab” is aimed at real bread and butter issues – and sadly, for millions of people all over the world their real “bread and butter” is based on the exploitation of labor, being at the bottom of the ladder because of institutional discrimination, and other important factors.
Part of the lyrics state:
The truth can never remain concealed (x2)
Can one stop the rising sun?
How long must we keep on pleading?
How long must we hear rejection?
Only we ourselves can fulfill our dreams
One day, you will see, a new dawn
When the red sunlight fills the sky
Then you will get the answers to your questions
My slogan is revolution
Throughout parts of Asia you have poor Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and other faiths, and people of no faith, who are suffering because of elites in government, religious orders, rampant capitalism, exploitation by landowners, and all this is being done because of countless legal systems which do zilch to stop this inequality. Therefore, even when laws have been passed the same exploitation is continuing because central forces don’t have the “will” or “desire” to challenge the established order.
Each individual listening to “Inqalab” by Laal will take out lyrics which have more potency. According to the review by Modern Tokyo Times this certainly applies to “When the red sunlight fills the sky” and “My slogan is revolution.” After all, the only political movement in history which believed in equality was “the flag of socialism.”
Returning back to Laal then it is abundantly clear that some musicians still focus on “the bigger picture” and are not afraid to express their thinking. The music track “Inqalab” also highlights a hidden spirit which isn’t being heard in the mainstream music industry. Therefore, it is important that Laal is heard in Pakistan and internationally because their lyrics aren’t based on rhetoric.
On the contrary, this music group is highlighting the “real world” and the lyrics of “Inqalab” and other tracks by Laal, are a reminder that power comes through the written word. Therefore, while the music may be mild and catchy in the track called “Inqalab,” the song itself is revolutionary and inspires the soul.
“Inqalab,” just like “Dehshatgardi Murdabad,” is a lovely track because Laal have hit the right notes once more. Therefore, please check the links below and listen to a group which is inspiring a new generation and shows that despite all the negative forces in this world – irrespective if in East or West – you still have hope because some individuals see the bigger picture.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtrV6o2fCpI Laal and Inqalab
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y57elLCPFQ4&feature=related Laal and “Death to Terrorism”
http://www.laal.com.pk Laal homepage – please visit
https://twitter.com/#!/Taimur_Laal – Dr. Taimur Rahman