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This #SingwithSAMAA challenge brings together singers from India and Pakistan

US-based band SAMAA’s version of Raees’s Zaalima is going viral for a very special reason — it features singers from across the world, including India and Pakistan. The members tell us the story behind the unique rendition.

music Updated: May 11, 2017 20:37 IST
Ruchika Garg
Ruchika Garg
Hindustan Times
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The band wants to bridge the gap through music.

SAMAA, a US-based band, released a video of the film Raees’s popular song, Zaalima, which is now going viral, with more than 80 lakh views on YouTube.The challenge, known as #singwithSAMAA, encouraged artists and singers to submit a video to get featured on their social media.

Milan Shah, a member from the group says, “We want to break down barriers and bring together a community of singers from across the world. We strongly believe that, despite any differences around the world, music is borderless,” adding that they received 100 of videos during the challenge. “After receiving entries, we chose some of the best videos for different parts of the song, and compiled it together to bring these individuals to the spotlight.”

The cover includes voices from different parts of the world, including Indian and Pakistan. “We are all drawn to raw talent and emotion. So, we took the best and most touching singers from across the world and wove them together in a video. This truly isn’t a matter of rivalry or divide,” says Shah.

The video has gone viral and was even shared by Pakistani actor Mahira Khan on her social media accounts, who also thanked the group for this initiative.

The band members are full-time working professionals and music is their passion. Talking about how the group was formed, Shah explains, “This group is created by five alumni of Chai Town, an A cappella group from UIUC . The letters represent the members: Siddharth, Ali, Milan, Anshuman, and Allen (SAMAA).”

First Published: May 11, 2017 20:34 IST