Srinagar: Days after two Indian artists separately composed songs as their tribute to Mohammad Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri rapper is all set to release an album on Afzal who was hanged and buried in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.
Shahyan Nabi aka ‘Shyn9’ has produced five-track-album titled ‘EP-The Dark February’ which will debut this summer. “For those who find it hard to believe, but it is the month of Dark February. It’s the month when an innocent was executed. No fair trial given and humanity tormented. They say collective conscience of society is satisfied. Ratified, was the crime identified? Justify? His life of pain and sadness, all he wanted was to give his son happiness. They couldn’t stand the truth and killed him for no crime. He was on his last breath and didn’t even see his fam(ily),” reads a verse from one of Shayan’s songs which he agreed to share with Kashmir Reader.
“These are still unpolished bars,” says Shayan. “The album will also feature songs on Kunan-Poshpora mass rape as well as the hanging of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.”
Shayan had originally composed these lines for the hit single ‘True Lies’, sung by a Mumbai-based rapper Ashwini Mishra aka A-list on the life story of Afzal. The song was joint production of Ashwini and Shayan.
“I was also to feature alongside A-list, but the clampdown and restrictions in the Valley in the aftermath of Afzal’s hanging prevented me from recording,” Shayan said.
Shayan, a B Tech final semester student at Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), shot to fame in 2012 with his single, ‘Ocean of Tears’ wherein he rapped about the Kunan-Poshpora mass-rape and Shopian ‘twin-rape and murder’.
“My second song was dedicated to Gaza. It’s not only Kashmir, I will also speak for the oppressed people of Myanmar, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Palestine, Afghanistan. I just want to speak for humanity through my music,” adds Shayan.
Shayan has sung around 10 songs and produced 15 instrumentals. His latest track is ‘The Preacher’ which was released earlier this week.