Ali Zafar – ‘Jhoom is a sufi album’

May 30, 2010

Ali Zafar tells about his inspiration behind his new album and how he got his first Hollywood Project in an interview with Nikhil Taneja, Hindustan Times

Ali Zafar Sufi Look

The Prince of Pop, Ali Zafar who has always made peppy music, has taken a step in a new direction, the Sufi direction. He tells that his new venture ‘Jhoom‘ is a totally mature Sufi album, something that he has never tried before.

“Jhoom is a sufi album, and it takes my music to another level. It’s different from anything I have ever done before. I think today’s music survives only for a month, and I believe that music should be timeless. I want to be remembered for my music.”

Ali Zafar says that you need to be inspired to write music and my inspiration behind ‘Jhoom’ came from the Coke Studio Season 2 Sessions. He says that he wanted to recreate the magic of Coke Studio in his studio album.

“Over the last few years, I’ve been thinking about what more I could do. I found the answers in the Coke Studio Sessions, where I sang some sufi poetry in a live session. I realized how perfect it was! It was different, mature, and it was an energy that I wanted to recreate in the studio. That’s how Jhoom happened. I’ve grown up listening to Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and Hemant Kumar. But Kishore Kumar became Kishore Kumar only after he discovered his own style. In my last two albums, their influence on my music was very obvious. So, in Jhoom, I’ve tried to find my own style.”

Ali Zafar also told about how he got his first Hollywood Project.

“I was at the Dubai Fashion Week some time ago, and was performing on the ramp. After the show, Fox executives came up to me and told me that they had been gauging me, and said they wanted one of my tracks on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. We negotiated for two days, and the deal was closed after that! So, it’s unbelievable, but my song ‘Dekha‘ will feature in the movie.”