Usman, who came on to the music front via popular music show UTH Records, chose the famous track Saeen to pay tribute to the U2 of Asia.
Saeen which is Junoon’s one of the greatest track from their best-selling album “Inquilaab“‘ helped the band in 90’s to further establish their Sufi-Rock style. Now 20 years after the bands formation Usman Riaz is interpreting one of their many signature melodies in his own style.
Salman Ahmad upon hearing Usman’s interpretation said:
“Usman has achieved a beautiful and dark fusion of Sindhi & Moroccan/ North African music laced with haunting playful film noire strings and even a subtle layer of Klezmer music. BRAVO!! he’s a very,very special talent both as a guitar player and an arranger & I’ll be collaborating with him in the near future as well”
Credits for the this track are:
Guitar, Mandolin, Tanpura, Piano, Harmonium, Ceramic Drums, Shakers played by Usman Riaz
Djembe, Darbuka played By Alfred Dmello
Violin played by Saeed Sahab
Instrumentation Written and Performed by Usman Riaz
Percussion Written by Usman Riaz and performed by Alfred Dmello and Usman Riaz
Violin parts written by Usman Riaz and performed by Saeed Sahb
Produced by: Kashan Admani and Usman Riaz
Here is one video promo uploaded by EMI Pakistan in which Usman shares his experience working on Junoon’s Saeen :