Here he covers the massive Bollywood hit of 1975, from the dynamo movie of the year, Bobby.

Lalli Jaan (Dari)

One of the biggest hits of Zahir’s career, this tune was recently covered by the Pathan female singing group Zeb and Haniya in Pakistan.

It’s Now or Never (English)

They don’t call him Elvis for nothing.

Che Kelaf Sar Zad Asma (Dari)

At the root of all rock ‘n roll lies the blues. Even in Afghan-rock.

Nate Rabe comments on South Asian culture and music from Kuala Lumpur. He also nurtures two blogs dedicated to music: The Harmonium Music Blog and Washerman’s Dog.

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