Published Mar 03, 2017 03:27pm

Riz Ahmed's tribute to Qandeel Baloch is taking the internet by storm

The Swet Shop Boys just released a music video for their song 'Aaja' featuring Ali Sethi and social media is going gaga over it.

In the music video, Riz Ahmed and fellow rapper Heems tip their topis to Qawwali music and also pay tribute to slain social media sensation, Qandeel Baloch.

Watch it here:

The video features the Swet Shop Boys dress and perform in signature qawwali style, though they stick to rapping. Ali Sethi, who has contributed a truly infectious hook to the track, makes appearances intermittently on a TV screen.

Ali Sethi's hook won this whole song
Ali Sethi's hook won this whole song

Towards the video's end, there's a tribute to Qandeel with a soundbyte from one of her videos and a dedication to her so as to honour those who attempt to live and love freely despite getting hate.

The video also hopes to bring the Pakistani and Indian communities. According to the rapping duo, the video has been purposefully shot in Flushing, Queens and Coney Island, Brooklyn, bridging gaps between the Indian and Pakistani communities, the way Qawwali does.

Qandeel, Pak-India and the increasingly popular Ali Sethi... no wonder the track's got so much attention:

Not everyone's in love, though.


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Princess_of_DHUMP Mar 03, 2017 03:52pm

Cool lyrics!

jawed mirza Mar 03, 2017 04:17pm

excellent well done

irfan shamim farooqui Mar 03, 2017 05:22pm

In spite of praying for her better life hereafter these people making tribute song for her. She needs our prayers not songs.

Balaji Mar 03, 2017 05:38pm

I remember how people wished she was dead when she's alive in here. I remember people blamed her for her cruel murder. Now she's an inspiration !?

S. A.M. Mar 03, 2017 05:38pm

except of few nohas i've never had any singing experience. seeing this song gives me the assurance no matter how bad and absurd your song is you can still punish people by singing.

S. A.M. Mar 03, 2017 06:28pm

waste of time n energy

S. A.M. Mar 03, 2017 06:28pm

it's a hopeless song

S. A.M. Mar 03, 2017 06:28pm

no lyrics no thought no rhythm

sara Mar 03, 2017 07:37pm

VULGAR lyrics . What kind of a tribute is this? The tragedy of Qandeel Baloch is that she was murdered by her own brother .Unfortunately the way she expressed herself she confused with girl power. I disagree with her method of earning an income. I respected the fact that with her earnings she supported her parents , something her murderer brother was incapable of doing. What do women have to do in order to earn a respectable income in Pakistan? It is more a reflection of the society and government than perhaps of this one individual. Its unacceptable that is men and a mysogynist culture that define what honour is and who it applies to in Pakistan. BTW Ali Sethi is totally wasted in this 'song'. God have mercy on Qandeel's soul.

Najam Mar 03, 2017 07:49pm

Tasteless lyrics. Full of expletives.

Sameer Mar 03, 2017 09:58pm

Senseless song...making fun of both serious qawaali and the dead at the same time. Then again we live in the age where Angel and apple pen get more recognition than Dhanni by Strings or Janaan by Vital Signs. Beautiful songs, pure poetry.

Roz Mar 04, 2017 02:32am

You good

KhwarizmI Mar 04, 2017 07:30am

I loved Riz Khan in the HBO show & Star Wars and the fact he is Pakistani but I hope I won't ever hear this terrible sound again.

nASIRKHANJAN Mar 04, 2017 11:40am

this is so overrated

Spee Mar 04, 2017 01:36pm

Qandeel,we miss u.

sallu Mar 04, 2017 04:38pm

good job. we need a TOLERANT Pakistan!

muhammad usman khan Mar 05, 2017 01:59pm

@irfan shamim farooqui Yes you are correct. But if these people can understand.