Khalid Ghayur - Teray Baghair (2006)

Khalid Ghayur started off his musical career in 1986 with his first album "Saathi". His second album, "Do Baatein", was very well received and in the late ’80s, Khalid decided to put his musical career on hold and switched to a career in global finance.

After a long gap of 15 years, Khalid marks his return on the Paki pop scene with his latest work "Teray Baghair". The album kicks off with a melodious ballad, "Teray Baghair". Chapter 2 is Aao - The Power Of Three Minutes, which is about the unbelievable empowering qualities of music. The Urdu words are quite abstract while the English is very clear and the music is a fusion of pop and rap. The video, shot in a studio in Toronto is a happy affair and features gorgeous ladies having a good time.

The songs in this album mainly deal with social issues. "Apna Jahan" is an optimistic number while "Meri Ammi" deals with the suffering of a homeless child who has been orphaned by a devastating earthquake. Khalid elaborates, “The track was written in a car by a Canadian Poet Javaid Danish while listening to the news. It was then translated into Urdu and made a part of the album.”

"Waapis Na Bhaijo" is inspired from a true story - the tale of a young woman who has been the subject of domestic violence for many years due to which she finally returns to her mother’s house with her kids. The song is structured as an exchange between the mother and the daughter. The songs’ diversity is portrayed by the later funkier tracks. "Main Khush Hoon" is a straight forward number about greed. It’s an upbeat track with hilarious dialogues.

"Chotay" speaks about the dignity of labour and represents a serious issue in a humorous manner, showcasing Khalid’s versatility as a composer. To wrap it up, "Teray Baghair" is an elegantly orchestrated album and delivers the singer’s thoughts through music: “This album was actually designed to launch the non-profit organization, MOVE (Making Our Voices Effective) which is engaged in poverty reduction through employment programmes.”

Shahzeb Shaikh
Dawn, Pakistan