The social power of music is immense, and Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers, Taimoor Akram, and Abdul Akram are slowly becoming an embodiment of the fact. With his latest single, Karde Karam, he offers a beautiful fusion of eastern style vocals and western music. The melody is gentle, yet his poignant vocals give it strength and expression. Part of the Acoustic Station Season 1, Karde Karam, will surely make a strong impression on music lovers across the globe.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Hamza has done complete justice with Hazrat Shamshuddin Tabrezi’s kalam. These beautiful lines merited reverence. The music and vocals are entirely focused on elevating the poet’s thoughts and messages rather than just being another part of the whole orchestra.
Hamza’s vocals, as usual, are highly impressive. The transition from low to high gives power to the song. When the pitch is mellow and quiet, you can perhaps sing along, but when he hits those high notes, it would be tough to follow. Not many are as gifted as this man is.
During the musical transitions, Lenny Massey on the Clarinet, and Zulqernain in the Piccollo flute shine. Together they give the song a new and unique dimension, which we don’t get to hear, especially in Qawalli styled songs. It’s groovy and harmonious, fitting right with the tonality of the whole song. Others including Alfred D’mello on drums, Sameer Ahmed Bakhtiari on Bass, Alex Shabaz on Piano, Joshua Amjad on Matka, and Kashan Admani on Acoustic Guitars play their role diligently without ever going overboard.
The video is unassuming and focuses on the different artists delivering this magic. It goes well with the overall tone of the song. There is nothing extravagant or overtly elaborate about this song. Yet it is beautiful in terms of sound and visuals. Hamza Akram Qawwal, Taimoor Akram, and Abdul Akram have given us something to keep our hearts warm in this cold weather.