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Zeb and Haniya’s music speaks to a shared base of human experience
while evoking the rich and textured soundscapes of West Asia. Cutting
edge and commercially successful, the musicians write their own songs
and also rework existing melodies of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
In doing so, the musicians carve a space for music that transcends
national boundaries. The duo’s debut album, Chup (Hush) broke to
glowing reviews in Pakistan: Herald credited Zeb and Haniya with
creating an entirely new cannon of jazz-influenced numbers and blues
in Urdu, and The News called their arrival “a landmark event.” All
songs in the album, with the exception of Paimana Bitte—an Afghani
composition from the 1970s—were written by Haniya and Zeb themselves.
Consequently, the singer-songwriter duo has been described by Deutsche
Welles as “among the most innovative musicians in Pakistan.” Across
the border, India Today writes that “everything about their music
reads as extraordinary.”

Zeb and Haniya’s songs are set to music influenced by the classical
tradition of the Indian subcontinent, Latin and west African grooves,
American folk and blues, and their lyrics are poignant, soulful, and
emotive. Their latest recordings have included songs in Turkish, Dari,
and Pushto, and their music has been claimed by diverse audiences
across West Asia.  They have also performed in Malaysia, Italy,
France, Pakistan, and at music festivals in the U.S and Norway, and
their music has been received with the generosity of spirit with which
it has been composed. Zeb and Haniya’s music is truly global; their
songs excavate historical memories shared across national boundaries,
and their music speaks to audiences unfamiliar with the language in
which their lyrics are written, but open to the transcendent sweep of
music.