Sammi re­vives QB, Jaswal

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Not many peo­ple know that Umair Jaswal, who sang Sammi Meri Waar along with Quratulain Balouch on Coke Stu­dio Sea­son 8, Episode 2, has been on the show twice be­fore and he has been in the in­dus­try for about a decade.

With the song rack­ing up more than two mil­lion views in a span of just two weeks, which is even more than Ali Za­far’s Rock­star, it ended up be­com­ing the most talked about song on so­cial me­dia.

Hav­ing come to the fore as a rock vo­cal­ist, Jaswal ex­plained that he could have stayed in his com­fort zone and done a tra­di­tional rock song but he chose oth­er­wise. “Sammi is ac­tu­ally a shaadi dance song, and I’ve never done some­thing like that and thought why not to do it now.”

Quratulain Balouch, bet­ter known by her stage name QB, is a Pak­istani singer, mu­si­cian, com­poser, and ac­tress.

The duet she has sung with Umair Jaswal has be­come the sub­ject of nu­mer­ous par­ody videos that poke fun at Jaswal’s body move­ments and vo­cals — all of which he has taken in stride.

Jaswal ex­plained:“The rea­son why it all felt so out of place was maybe be­cause I was mov­ing like any­thing and QB stood still. There was a huge con­trast there.”

No stranger to crit­i­cism, the singer re­called how he faced a sim­i­lar back­lash dur­ing his de­but ap­pear­ance on the show when he (as part of Qayaas) per­formed Charkha No­lakha along­side Atif As­lam. “The amount of hate I got back then is unimag­in­able.”

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