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{Leaked audio} Xulfi urges music lovers for intelligence analysis to conclude ‘Tu jhoom’ controversy

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Coke Studio producer Zulfiqar J Khan better known as Xulfi wasn’t expecting a ‘controversial’ start of Coke Studio season 14’. Xulfi did everything in the right direction for a spectacular and dream start of the season fourteen—legends Abida Perveen and Naseebo Lal collaborated for song Tu Jhoom which got millions of views in a matter of few days.

Abida Perveen and Naseebo Lal voices became sensational and people enjoyed the song lyrics and its music composition from cafes to cars. Tu Jhoom drew widespread applause from the musicians as well as music lovers.

But when everything was going smooth, a singer from Umerkot Nirmala Maghani accused Xulfi of lifting the melody for Coke Studio season 14’s hit ‘Tu Jhoom’ from a song sample she shared with the music director.

Tribune Wired got a leaked audio clip of Xulfi from a reliable source in which Xulfi shut down the allegations and all the hue and cry on the internet about him stealing a tune from the Umarkot based singer.

Xulfi said, “It’s my choice that I am not going to appear in any show {TV show} and nor have plans to give any interview.”

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“Actually I am going to write a letter {on this issue},” Xulfi said in a leaked voice note.

“They {critics} are hitting me where it hurts. Like I am doing some injustice to anyone, especially to any young musician.”

“My whole life is spent in promoting young musicians. No one is talking about this perceptive. You are blaming that person who spent his whole life in this cause. If there was an intelligence analysis on this (Tu Jhoom so-called controversy) then one must easily conclude. They are not blaming any random music producer.”

“They blamed musicians whose only purpose and cause was to represent young musicians and singers,” Xulfi said in a leaked voice note.

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Earlier on Jan 19, Xulfi released a statement to address the allegation, saying his work “is not borrowed or without credit, given that what I share with the world is work that relies on the very essence of partnership and collaboration”.

“I produce and collaborate in the spirit of inclusivity and my work with Coke Studio holds the same philosophy,” the statement read. “I hope this to be evident in my entire body of work produced in my career. When we set out to make this season, our goal was to make Pakistani music heard worldwide. Our aim was to present our music, our young talent and our icons in a way that shows the world what we are capable of. What we stand for as a nation. Our aim was to create a cultural moment of glory for Pakistan.

“Coke Studio is Pakistan’s biggest cultural export and connector of hearts and souls; it has consistently brought people together for art, progression and positivity. And that power is very dear to me and one that I’ve absorbed heavily this season. I don’t take the fabric of Coke Studio lightly but rather wear it as a cloak of responsibility and pride.”

The Coke Studio team then said that the demo version of the song was first shared in May, a month before Manghani claims to have sent her demo to Xulfi via WhatsApp.

The team provided a screen-recording of a WhatsApp conversation between Siddiqui and Xulfi which featured a video of the demo sent on May 16 as evidence.

However, Manghani responded that she sent her sample to the producer in June and when she heard ‘Tu Jhoom’ upon its release, she realised it had been copied from her sample and had contacted Xulfi about it.

Xulfi handed Rs.100m legal notice by Nirmala Maghani over ‘Tu Jhoom’ copyright

Nirmala Maghani’s legal team on Monday handed Xulfi a legal notice worth Rs. 100 million over a copyright violation pertaining to Coke Studio 14’s song Tu Jhoom.

The notice, which addressed to the musical show’s producer, Xulfi, stated that Nirmala had sent compositions of Tu Mera Ranjha back in June 2021 in hopes to get her big break however Xulfi did not respond to her.

“My client (Nirmala Maghani) on June 14, 2021, sent her compositions including the composition of Tu Mera Ranjha to you on your mobile, through WhatsApp messenger which all were in the form of voice notes,” the notice reads.

“That as per the copyright laws you don’t have the right to telecast/broadcast or upload on YouTube the said song unless you have obtained permission from my client as it’s made based on notes and composition of my client.

“That you are hereby instructed that you should apply [for] and obtain permission or license from my client and unless said is granted to you please remove the song from every social media website, YouTube and from [the] album of Coke Studio 14 as it is infringing upon the rights of my client.”

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