Zayn Malik has collaborated with up-and-coming Pakistani group Aur on a reimagining of their hit single, “Tu Hai Kahan.” On the track, the former One Direction singer joins the trio on vocals in Hindi. Aur also shared a music video for the song, where Malik reveals his process in his home studio.
“I was incredibly humbled when AUR reached out and asked me to collaborate on their song ‘Tu Hai Kahan,’” Malik said in a statement. “I love the song and have brought some of myself to it. I hope people love what we’ve done.”
Aur, comprised of band members Ahad, Usama, and Raffey, added, “We are super excited for this collaboration as it shows that music has no boundaries. ‘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.”
“Tu Hai Kahan” was originally released last year, when it went to No. 1 on several South Asian charts, including on Spotify India and Pakistan.
Last summer, Malik shared “Love Like This,” the beginning of a new musical era for the singer. Malik also sat down with Alex Cooper for the Call Her Daddy podcast to talk about his return to music and his time in One Direction.
“I’m doing a record I don’t think people are really gonna expect. It’s a different sound for me,” he said. “And it’s got some more narrative going on, like real-life experiences and stuff. My daughter’s mentioned in there a couple of times.”
In 2016, Malik dropped his debut album Mind of Mine, an R&B record that received critical acclaim, and featured singles “Pillowtalk” and “Befour.” The singer later released the album Icarus Falls in 2018 and Nobody Is Listening in 2021. He also contributed original songs to animated film 10 Lives, which will premiere at Sundance this month.