Mustahsen Gull | Zunjeerain (The Chains)

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Zunjeerain (The Chains)

by Mustahsen Gull

Chasing the American dream was not easy. Mustahsen fled to freedom that chained him and made him the prisoner of his new world - USA. His songs express feelings that he lived through 7 years of separation from his family. A must for anyone living abroad.
Genre: World: Asian
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1. Kahan Aa Gayai Hum (my anguish of living abroad)
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7:00 album only
2. Kahan Aa Gayai Hum (sing-along track)
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3. Tayray Bin Suna Lagay (your memories fill my emptiness)
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6:51 album only
4. Tayray Bin Suna Lagay (sing-along track)
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5. Rutho Na Mayray Preetam (let me live in your thoughts)
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7:27 album only
6. Rutho Na Mayray Preetam (sing-along track)
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7. Dil Say Uthi Dua (living apart is not easy)
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6:21 album only
8. Dil Say Uthi Dua (sing-along track)
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9. Suni Suni Hai Rah Guzar (my journey is very lonesome)
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7:41 album only
10. Suni Suni Hai Rah Guzar (sing-along track)
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11. Aai Mayray Yaro Geo Sada (I am broken but inspired)
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7:02 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Opening Chapter ………..

“It was past midnight, about 1 a.m., when I stepped out of Karachi airport terminal. It was a hazy cloudy hot August summer night. I saw Pan Am Boeing 747’s big humpback nose parked at a distance under the hazy dim tarmac lights. I trailed behind other passengers, my feet feeling heavier and heavier with every step I took. My legs started feeling weak as I climbed up the stairs. At the top of flight, before entering the plane, I paused, turned around and looked back. I stood there for a moment just gazing at my country’s landscape sleeping in the dark night between airport buildings and whatever lied around. I realized I might be looking at it for the last time. I was born, raised, and educated here. After graduating with my engineering degree, I had volunteered to join the military and had proudly served my country for a long ten years. I had resigned once and having been refused to leave, I had asked for leave abroad which too had been denied. 17 years of my adulthood flashed before me. I quietly said goodbye and wondered if I will ever be back! Probably not, I thought, since I was running away to gain my ‘freedom’. I realized that in the next few moments, my career with the Pakistan Military would transition from a serving-in-good-standing-‘Major’ to a deserter. I stepped inside the plane. I began to walk into my new world that had started to unfold that very moment right there in front of my eyes. I felt even weaker than moments before. I felt cold feet. I sat down. This was it. The plane doors closed and I could hardly understand the announcements on the intercom. I was numb. So, this was it. I was leaving all behind, every thing, everyone including my wife and two daughters. Sunnia was two years old and Beenish was not even one yet. I was leaving 32 years of life behind. This was it!

I was on my way to America – the United States of America - chasing my dreams. I had been breathing and living America for the past two years. Now the moment I had been waiting for was here. I started to relax by thinking about the future – which I never expected to be as dark as it became. ……………………..”

What followed is forthcoming in a book I am currently writing. Chasing and living the American dream was not easy. I remained separated from my family for the next seven years. The songs in this album are the reflection of my true feelings that I lived during this period of separation. I flew away to gain my freedom but the freedom chained me to my new circumstances. I became the prisoner of this new world that I personally chose to embrace. I dedicate this work to my wife and children who suffered so much because of my actions. I love them very much, but I am sorry to tell them that I will never be able to do for them anything to make up for the lost time and for what they had to go through. I remain what I am but I am always there for them.

“For a moment, I wanted to quit standing apart, though it brings to me a unique delight
I was tempted to join the ordinary, but a voice inside me made me aware of the fact
That a lonely tide, deep in the ocean, remains intact and nothing stops its flight
Whereas, the one, heading for the shore, breaks and is torn apart on the impact”


....mG


Reviews


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Arif Yazdani

ZUNJEERAIN
Dill khush kurr di-a Mayray Dost....forgive me,I meant to say "Mayray YAAR" !!! All the songs on this CD, I found not only ear pleasing but also soul pleasing and soul searching. The song ZUNJEERAIN asks all those who have lived significant portion of their lives away from their loved ones, away from their countries, for so-called happiness and freedom, IF it was worth it!!?? Were they really happy, and were they really free !! ? OR it was merely a trade off from ZANJEERAIN to HANDCUFF !!
Besides this thought provoking, evaluating, reevaluating, awakening, and reawakening, straight shooting lyrics from M.G., I fully enjoyed the songs and most of the compositions for their directness and simplicity. It is not hard to see for any music lover who knows the attributes of good music, that what music future holds for Mr.Gull's once he frees himself of JOB ZUNJEERAIN !, and comes out fully swinging with greater musical intensity. Keep up the good work! and thanks for feasting our ears with this CD !!

Arif Yazdani

ZUNJEERAIN
Though all the songs on the CD have entertaining quality, but KAHAN Aa GAYAI HUM in my view stays above all. This song is very well composed and the lyrics have thought provoking, introspective, and reflective elements in it. I have enjoyed listening it over and over.

Aysha R Mozaffar

Wonderful!!!
I loved the album in its entirety. Each song is unique, and it is obvious the artist Mr. Gull, is singing from his heart. The tunes are cetainly catchy. Looking forward to more great compositions from Mustahsen Gull in the future.

Sheel

Excellent composition
Mustahsen Gull has composed a series of songs that bring out the very emotions that he intends to. His tunes are nostalgic yet upbeat and a delight to listen to in any mood. The lyrics are simple yet hit a profound chord with the listener. Moreover the tunes are very catchy and a delight to listen to and to sing to over and over again.

malkiat

ZUNJEERAIN
Wah Wah Kamal Kar dehia yaar.. All the songs are very deep, soul touching and well composed. My favorite is Rutho NA Mayray Pritam. I have listened this album again and again. Mustahsen puts Zann in every song he sings. Looking forward some more ..!