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Interviews |  17 Mar 2015 19:48 |  By RnMTeam

Shafqat Amanat Ali reveals his 'Muh Dikhai' experience

Pakistani Musician Shafqat Amanat Ali has come a long way, from staring as lead vocalist in the band- Fuzön to delivering fabulous tracks for Bollywood films. After decades of singing for films, the ‘Teri Jhuki Nazar’ singer has finally made up his mind to release a solo album- ‘Muh Dikhai-Unveiling the songs of eternal love’, which will be out on 20 March.

In an interview with’s Jescilia Karayamparambil, he revealed details of his album and the inspiration behind it.

Tell us about your solo album?

I have been working on the project for a while now.  It took me time because I wanted the right tracks for it. I was doing so much for a while that I did not get enough time to complete the project. I was very specific about the lyrics and melodies. After careful examination, we selected nine songs out of the 16 tracks. Only selected tracks will have videos, which will be out soon.

What genres of music do the tracks have?

The album is a kind of a bouquet which contains different genres. There is a Punjabi track which has deep lyrics and it is important for people to understand the lyrics. The track has been treated very differently.

What is the inspiration behind the album?

My fans have been my inspiration. They kept asking me when I am going to release a solo album. Since, I was travelling a lot for work I did not have time. But when the pressure and the desire from fans started building up, I though it is time I should release my album. They were my inspiration throughout the album.

Is there any special track on the album that is close to your heart?

The album is named after ‘Muh Dikhai’, which is a track from a Punjabi Nazam and is lyrically strong, and I would like to say that it is special track.

Are you planning any tours?

There will be a tour, but the whole thing will shape up once the album is launched.

What is your view on digital format as most content is sold digitally?

I have no issue having my track being made available online as long as it is a legal way of music consumption. Downloads should be done legally, since this method of music consumption is gaining popularity as compared to the traditional format. I am hopeful that internet experts will put a hold on illegal uploading and downloading, which will help the creative industry.

Do you stream or download?

I still like collecting CDs. If I want to listen to a musician, I will purchase a CD or DVD. Tracks that are different to access in physical format, those I would download legally.

You generally enjoy music via physical format?

The format has special importance and one cannot let it go so easily. It cannot be killed completely. Classical things do not perish and the need for it will still remain. CDs are something you collect and keep as a personal composition.

Which tracks do you listen to often and are part of your music collection?

I enjoy listening to good music. When I am travelling long distances, I listen to 80s music.

Are you planning on collaborating with anyone?

I will work with any musician who believes in fusion and likes doing contemporary music. There are tonnes of artistes I would like to work with. We are in talks with a few international artistes.

Are you currently working on any Bollywood projects?

There are some projects that I recorded in Pakistan and India as well. All these will release gradually. Right now, I cannot reveal the names of projects.

What is your message to your fans?

I would like to thank my fan and wish them all the best. I would like to wish luck to everyone who is working towards humanity and world peace.