Pakistani Pop MusicWritten by Faiza Kamal
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In 1994, FM radio brought about another mini-revolution in Pakistani music. From Landhi in Karachi to Krishan Nagar in Lahore, names like female vocalist Hadiqa Kiyani and young Shehzad Roy suddenly became household names. Even iconoclastic recluse virtuosos like guitarist Amir Zaki (whose almost purely instrumental album "Signature" did well in market) were receiving kind of airplay big bands of ’80s could only have dreamed of. Pop industry had big turnaround when private channels came into scene, Like IM which became medium to introduce young talents in pop industry names like Fuzon, Aaroh, noori, Aks, Ahmad Jehanzaib, Mizraab, Karavan, Ali Zafar, Jal which not only rock Pakistani pop music but also made their names worldwide. The new arrivals made their presence felt through remarkable individual songs, even though full albums for now seemed beyond most new acts. Ahmad Jehanzaib's Ek Bar Kaho, Fuzon's Ankhon Ke Saagar and Schehzad Mughal's Bas Yunheen were each excellent. The first two were carried by soulful, ardent vocals and last shone through affecting lyrics. Hot on their heels, honourable mentions must also go to Aks stunningly understated Neela Aasman, noori's jangle-pop perfection Tum Hans Diyae, Junoon's excellent Garaj Baras, Sajjad Ali with Teri Yaad, Aamir Zaki's insightful and incisive People Are People, EP's piledriving Hum Ko Aazma, Najam's infinitely catchy Jaisay Chaho Jiyo and Aao Wahan Chalain, Ali Zafar’s startling Chanoo ki Ankh, Jal’s splendid addat and yes even Ali Haider's insipid but still memorably melodic Chandi Ratain. Abrar's Preeto was novelty hit of year. The Pepsi Battle of Bands did a great job in throwing up a wealth of talent. EP, Aaroh, Brain Massala, Messiah, Schahzad Hameed and others all have Pepsi to thank. The Pepsi Battle of Bands got all these fledgling bands great exposure.
Recently, a team of talented Pakistani musicians and artists took long road to Mumbai, via Dubai, possibly to make history, for this was first time in recent memory that Pakistanis had gone to India to create background score for a Bollywood film. The film in question is Pooja Bhatt's Paap, and former Vital Sign Shehzad 'Shahi' Hasan, cinematographer Faisal Rafi, singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and studio session player and keyboardist Faiz Ali Naqvi, were foursome representing world of Pakistani music in India. Strings enjoyed considerable success with Dhaani. Probably most hyped album of year, with lead single Chaaye Chaaye being standout favourite. String gave soundtrack for Spiderman 2 which was a remarkable effort. Junaid Jamshed's Dil Ki Baat was understated but assured and notwithstanding JJ's quite public and tortured ruminations over religion and music, album showed that JJ is still competent at middle of road pop and that Shoaib Mansoor still has magic touch. Shahzad Roy's Rab Jane was hobbled by his illness and yet catches fire while Karavan's Gardish seems to have suddenly picked up and was sold like hot-cakes. Schahzad Mughal's Jhoom Lay was one of most pleasant of surprises of year. So this proves that our music industry has dared to move forward with hope rather than skepticism.
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Tired of trashy TV? Try an old-time treat!Written by Ned Norris
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