Zayn Malik Joins Pakistani Trio AUR on Urdu Song “Tu Hai Kahan”
The release, a joint effort by D36 & Sony Music Entertainment, Middle East, marks Malik’s first new music since his one-off 2023 single “Love Like This.”
Zayn Malik (aka ZAYN) has recently collaborated with Pakistani group AUR on a remix of their 2023 hit single “Tu Hai Kahan.” Released on Jan. 12, the remake of the song features Malik singing in Urdu on the chorus.
Malik, who was born in England to a Muslim Pakistani father, expressed excitement about the collaboration. “I was incredibly humbled when AUR reached out and asked me to collaborate on their song ‘Tu Hai Kahan,'” he said in a statement. “I love the song and have brought some of myself to it. I hope people love what we’ve done.”
The original version of “Tu Hai Kahan” achieved No. 1 status on Spotify charts in India, Pakistan and the Global Viral charts, and now has over 124 million streams. Malik’s collaboration with AUR is celebrated for breaking musical boundaries. The release, a joint effort by D36 & Sony Music Entertainment, Middle East, marks Malik’s first new music since his one-off 2023 single “Love Like This.” Malik’s last album, "Nobody Is Listening," came out several years prior in 2021. Malik also sang in Urdu on the album, interpolating Mohammed Rafi’s track “Chaudhvin Ka Chand” from the Indian movie "Chaudhvin Ka Chand" (1960) on track 10, “Tightrope.”
Fans praised the track, with many urging Malik to release more Urdu songs. One longtime fan posted on X (formerly Twitter) that they had “dreamed of hearing [him] sing in Urdu for 12 years,” while another joked if it was too soon to ask for an album fully in Urdu from Malik.
A new music video was also released for “Tu Hai Kahan,” featuring AUR in the recording studio with Malik recording his vocals separately. Despite being released just last Friday, the music video has already gained traction with nearly 4 million views at the time of writing this article.
“We are super excited for this collaboration as it shows that music has no boundaries,” AUR group members Usama Ali, Raffey Anwar and Ahad Khan said in a statement. “‘Tu Hai Kahan’ is such a special song to us, and it’s hard to describe how amazed we were when we first heard ZAYN’s voice on the track. We’re taking Pakistani music global, and we can’t wait for the world to vibe to our music.” AUR is a Karachi-based trio that blends R&B with hip-hop. The band, comprising Ali, Anwar and Khan, first gained success in 2020.
Malik, known as one of the originating members of the boy band One Direction and more recently for his solo work, is set to work on music for the upcoming animated film “10 Lives” as its executive music producer.
Watch the music video for “Tu Hai Kahan” by AUR feat. ZAYN below.