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The Story Behind The Song Jhelumas | 101 Sufi

The making of a Sufi-rock ballad inspired by the Kashmir floods.

After experiencing the ravaging Kashmir floods first-hand, ethnic-Sufi band Alif wrote “Jhelumas” as an ode to the river Jhelum. Mohammad Muneem frontman of the band compares Kashmiri women to the river, constantly moving ahead despite their circumstances. This song reminds him of his mother who was always calm and strong in the face of adversity. Listen to the track here:

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