With singers from 12 countries, this English music video from Kerala is an ode to change

Singers Denil Titus and Zeba Tommy

Five months after releasing a multi-lingual music project, Kozhikode-based writer and entrepreneur Hilal Hassan has come up with an English music video that underscores the need to change the world we live in.

"Is this not the time to change?" the music video begins with a philosophical question. Titled 'This is the time to change', it touches upon almost all much-talked about global issues of our times, such as poverty eradication, clean water supply and homes for the homeless. It also reminds listeners the biggest lesson from Covid-19 – that only love and care to people around would protect us.

Composed by Ruthin Thej and Abhin Thej, the song was rendered by young Denil Titus and Zeba Tommy.

The striking feature of the music video is the chorus comprising singers from 12 different countries viz. USA, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Britain, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Georgia, UAE, Tajikistan, Malaysia and Bhutan.

Hilal says the presence of artistes from different parts of the world is essential since the music video deals with a global issue. "The presence of singers from around the world gives the video a truly global colour. I am so grateful to the singers for being part of this music project," says Hilal.

Composer Ruthin Thej and lyricist Hilal Hassan

Since its release in the first week of September, the music video has won praise from celebrities, such as South Indian actor Rahman.

"What an amazing song and amazing singers. A brilliant composition," he wrote on his Facebook.

In April this year, Hilal wrote four songs in English, Malayalam and Hindi (co-authored with Anil Hasni) on the themes of awareness, tribute and hope during the time of Covid-19 pandemic.

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