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Abdullah Qureshi takes a trip down memory lane with his latest single “Kali Santro”

04 Jul 2018

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Abdullah Qureshi takes a trip down memory lane with his latest single “Kali Santro”. “Kali Santro” translates into “Black Santro” which was the first car Abdullah Qureshi owned. The single is a nostalgic journey to times past, remembering the setbacks caused by the “Kali Santro” with fondness and cherishing the memories the car has for Abdullah Qureshi.

“Kali Santro” is sung in Punjabi, imbibing multiple influences such as Johnny Cash and Noor Jehan resulting in a sound not attempted before in Pakistan. A Punjabi Country song which reminisces of the fifties era. The raw vocals of Abdullah Qureshi are complimented by Nimra Mehra who reenacts the sound of the fifties with panache. The single is composed and written by Abdullah Qureshi with Melvin Arthur on the banjo and fretless bass and produced by Hassan Omer.

The video of “Kali Santro” is reflective of the song’s reverie state, blending comedy and drama in a dream.  Abdulah Qureshi plays the male lead as a Punjabi Driver and Mahila Chaudhary as the female lead who plays the “Melody Queen” and lip syncs Nimra Mehra’s vocals. Set in a local dhaba (café), the concert like video blends the old with the new, East with West and the fusion result in vivid colours in a tavern-like setting with the banjo playing in the background. Known for his unconventional conceptualization, the video is directed by Usman Mukhtar who also directed Abdullah Qureshi’s first video “Dastan”.

On release of his latest single, Abdullah Qureshi said “My songs are me, a reflection of who I am, where I come from and my experiences in life. “Kali Santro” is a big part of that experience of growing up, becoming an adult and the memories and experiences that come with it.  My character in the video is something that I’ve never tried before, so it was kind of difficult for me at first but then eventually I got used to it and started enjoying being a desi Punjabi Driver.” 

With his diversity of vocals, talent and countless live performances behind him, Abdullah Qureshi has been slowly and steadily rising in the music industry of Pakistan. He started singing at the tender age of three and started playing the guitar at thirteen. The self-taught Islamabad based musician began his journey in the field of music professionally almost a decade ago, when he started performing with underground bands in Islamabad. In 2010, he branched out on his own with his band members who had been performing with him since his early school days.

In the future, he plans to release new singles and keep performing live because for him nothing can compare to the direct interaction with the audience. Watch this space as we share the latest about this musical superstar in the making.


Kali Santro
Music Producer: Hassan Omer.
Composer: Abdullah Qureshi
Lyrics: Abdullah Qureshi
Banjo & fretless bass: Melvin Arthur
Vocals: Abdullah Qureshi & Nimra Mehra
Video Director – Usman Mukhtar
Starring:: Abdullah Qureshi, & Mahila Chaudhary