Nazia Hassan, Kimonos and Alice in Wonderland

This was a tune lost in time. An extremely hummable song, I remembered the chorus and lines “Dum Dum baby” as I heard it then. It was 1988-89 and I heard this light disco song playing in my uncles car on the TDK tapes. Never thought about it till the tune just popped up in my head a few days back. Can’t pinpoint what triggered this, but it set me searching for a tune that I had absolutely no idea of.

Searching online for South Asian female singers from the ’80s I came across Nazia Hassan (of Aap Jaisa Koi fame) and typed in ‘Dum Dum baby Nazia’ on Google. And there I find her video called “Dum Dum Dee Dee” from her album ‘Young Tarang‘.

An amazingly smooth and clear voice bordering on the sensuous, light lyrics and an Alice in Wonderland vs Japanese Geishas and Samurai’s makes it a nonsensical marvel of a video that lends to the relaxed feel of the disco ’80s. And Nazia Hassan’s presence makes it an extremely watchable video.


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