It’s hard not to be hooked on the psychedelic and mesmerizing sound of the love song “Tu Zendagee Manee” (“You are my life”) from the California-based Afghan singer and musician, Rahe Jahani.
Son of a well-known and respected singers Rahim Jahani and Selma Jahani, he generally follows the style of his father, treating Afghan traditional pop in a more contemporary way.
He uses harmonium and tabla which are basic instruments of Afghan traditional pop, with keyboards and electronic sounds. But in this song he completely stepped beyond the boarders of his style and expanded it to a mysterious melancholic atmosphere instead of his known love ballads.
Even the video clip of the song has a different mood. Although the lyrics are the same somber love ballad, the music has changed even the tone of the words.