The former One Direction star has been experimenting with the language, and writing in Urdu, a Persianised register of the Hindustani dialect. The 25-year-old singer – whose father is British Pakistani – has also done a track with Grammy-winning Bollywood soundtrack composer, AR Rahman, that’s expected to feature in a forthcoming film. Speaking to Indian Fashion magazine, Zayn said he’s interested to see what people think: ‘It’s one of the first songs I’ve sung in full Hindi, so it’s going to be cool to see what the response to that is. ‘There’s definitely a lot of Urdu; some nice qawwali sounds. There might even be some bhangra vibes. I have worked with AR Rahman on one song.’ Zayn also recently shared a preview of a new song about his girlfriend Gigi Hadid being the only woman he needs.
He also shared a video of him playing the acoustic guitar on the photo-sharing app, with the caption: ‘jammin (sic)’ Over the top of the instrument, he sings: ‘I see you every night, always on my mind. Always on my mind/I know you are mine.’