Tuesday, 7 August 2012

PBN - Saa Charju

Last summer, no party or wedding was complete without a round of PBN’s Fitteh Moo. It was refreshing, innovative and cheeky. As well as giving us a new catch phrase, Fitteh Moo revolutionised the dance floor. There were dance-offs between the guys and the girls which were fun to watch as well as take part in. So when PBN announced a sequel, I was curious to how he would do it.

Saa Charju is what PBN came up with. It’s been pretty successful and reached the top spot in BBC Asian Network’s chart. It is a good song, but I am disappointed with Saa Charju because it sounds the same as Fitteh Moo and I’m surprised that more people haven’t noticed.

There are  few differences between the two songs. The lyrics for Saa Charju are new but they borrow many lines from Fitteh Moo. PBN sings the male vocals on Saa Charju instead of Balwinder Bhatti but he manages to sound a lot like him. Both songs have the same structure, same tune, same bassline and same dhol beat. Plagiarism is a problem in Desi music, but I think this is the first instance that an Asian producer has copied his own song.

The video for Saa Charju is better and seems to have had a bigger budget than Fitteh Moo. It was right to use the same actors and dancers for continuity reasons and I am glad that the location was new and different to the usual club. However the choreography and the interaction between the girls and boys was again the same as in Fitteh Moo.

Surely an artist as innovative as PBN could come up with something new? A sequel involves developing the story and carrying it on, not just repeating it and I don‘t think PBN did enough to move the story forward. The action could have moved to India, involved other members of the couple’s family or shown them having children.

Arguably PBN has given his fans exactly what they want - more of Fitteh Moo. It’s a good move to connect with his fans and shows PBN is catering to their needs. Saa Charju is a good track, but only because it sounds like Fitteh Moo and I wonder which one DJs will prefer to play at events. If DJs play both Fitteh Moo and Saa Charju back to back, that will be over 10 minutes of PBN. Can a dance-off last that long?

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