Violence replacing romance, beauty in Pashto songs
Pashto music is undergoing a drastic makeover with violence, drone strikes and suicide bombing slowly replacing romance and beauty.
Newly released Pashto songs contain violent references where the eyes of a beloved are compared with bombs, shelling and weapons of destruction; and lips are compared with fire, The Dawn reports.
One such song sung by singer Rahim Shah in Pashto movie 'Shaba Tabahi Oka' meaning 'Come on destroy everything', goes like this: "Look straight into my eyes, attack my heart. Come on destroy everything. Look back and bombard my heart. Come on destroy everything."
Other Pashto songs like 'Khudkasha Dhamaka Yama' meaning 'I am a suicide bomber', in which the singer compares the eyes and looks of a beloved with drones is becoming highly popular among the Pashto-speaking people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, and these new songs and movies are selling like hot cakes in the local market.
However, serious poet Laiq Zada Laiq objects to such poetry full of symbols of violence.
"The poets, who talk only about violence, bombs, junky lovers and vulgarity, do it for short-lived fame. They are not poets indeed. The songs, which spread violence and vulgarity, should be banned by the government," said Laiq.
However, Musafar Khan, the owner of a production house in Peshawar that produces and releases such CDs, is of the view that such songs are quite popular, adding that they release atleast four such CDs of Pashto film songs of every month.