Following up her first single Bezaar Nahi with Nadir Shahzad, Honeyjamn teams up with singer/songwriter Wishaal from Tarbooze while Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey aka Alien Panda Jury / Kukido takes on the producers role for ‘Gardish’. The single is released by Cape Monze Records, an electronic and indie music label based in Karachi, Pakistan.

Listen to Gardish

Rap verses written & performed by Honeyjamn

Chorus verses written & sung by Wishaal Khalid

Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey

Art work by Wishaal Khalid

About the song

“Gardish was initially born from a feeling of guilt, for having left the country for the West, and abandoning all naive childhood plans to  ‘serve Pakistan’. The first half of the song echoes uncertainty about questions that arise from this; How can I go ‘serve’ a country where I don’t even feel safe? Will I serve if I can barely survive? If I do go home, will I be brave enough to leave my bubble of privilege? Am I just a sell-out too? The chorus, sung by Wishaal, breaks through this tornado of thoughts with a simple message of hope and resilience, evoking community and empathy. 

The second stanza of the song doubles down on a sense of betrayal, and traces the repetitive pattern of our troubles as a nation, new names – same old political games. In a hopeful turn of thoughts, it reveals that our gardishein often circle back to us as individuals, our potential for kindness and accountability; ‘Jahan Malik Riaz, Shareef, Imran – Sabeen bhi hai, Parveen bhi’, referring to the legacies of Sabeen Mahmood and Parveen Rahman.” – Honeyjamn

The single is available to purchase on bandcamp HERE.

To Honeyjamn’s honest and real despair at the state of the country and the world at large, Wishaal brings her clarity and a vision for the future. While there exist serious threats to life as we know it, there is also a realization dawning upon humanity: we have everything we need right here.

The artwork, made by Wishaal herself, reflects her belief that we, the artists of today, are the bringers of a new dawn. The act of receiving and nurturing
a dream is the crucial first step towards a better tomorrow.

About the artists

Honeyjamn is a performer, poet and writer. Raised in Karachi (Pakistan), she now works as an Accountant in London and pursues her creative projects in her free time. She has performed her work at several events such as Samandar Par (Toronto November 2022), Bloomsbury Festival (October 2022), Between the trenches (Central Saint Martins 2023) and Day-timers Supper Club (August 2022) amongst other events in London and Karachi. She is a member of Karachi Community Radio where she hosts a radio show called Sofa Sessions with Honeyjamn.

For Wishaal, the songs that come through are a sacred source of healing and connection. The deepest parts of her call her to write, and she answers. She is a singer-songwriter and producer, co-creating music with her partner
as Tarbooze.