Pakistani Pop MusicWritten by Faiza Kamal
Name: Faiza Kamal Article: “Pakistani Pop Music “
Pakistan is blessed with talent and when we talk about Pakistani Music, you can never stop picking up one of best Pakistani pop song uptill now because there are number of such hit songs nobody can judge best one in past decades such as "Dil Dil Pakistan” , “Huwa Huwa”, “Mehndi ki Raat”, “Na Kaho”, “Dil Haray”, “Ankhain Milanay Walay”, “Wakt”, “Neeli Neeli Ankhain”, “Jaisay Chao Jeo”, “Garuj Burus”, “No More”, “Ankhoun ki Sagar”, “Na Tu Aigi”, “Addat” left audience agape and many more. Our artists' are popular all over world. Many new talented artists in Pakistan are still working hard to bring quality Pakistani music. We can easily judge Alamgir as pioneer of music industry who's first big hit was "DEKHA NA THA KABHI HUM NAY YEH SUMMA", and remains song he is still most identified with, though later songs such as "Yeh Shaam Aur Tera Naam" and "Mein Ne Tumhare Gagar Se Kabhi Pani" continued to add to his composition. Alamgir, it must be said, laid groundwork that countless others used to break into music industry. He not only sang well, he was a performer in true sense of word. There is no denying Alamgir’s contribution to evolution of pop music genre in Pakistan. NAZIA HASSAN was first one to cross forbidden Pakistan-India border to sing in an Indian film called "Qurbani" which was "APP JAISA KOI". And later this song became a youth anthem in both India and Pakistan. And next NAZIA, ZOHAIB and BIDDU (an Indian composer) teamed up to release "DISCO DEEWANE" which became biggest pop selling album till then in Pakistan. The Hasan siblings released one more album, "Boom Boom", in 1984. This second collaboration with Biddu, undisputed king of Indian filmi disco music, was also a huge success. Their success marked a turning point in pop history. And later Vital Sign ventured on to Pakistani television screens with their guitars and a catchy, patriotic song named "Dil Dil Pakistan" in 1986. Their album released in 1987 with gems like "Yeh Shaam" and funky "Goray Rung Ka Zamana". Then came Jupitars with their evergreen hit songs “Yaroun Yehi Dosti Hai”, continued with Hassan Jehangir’s “Hawa Hawa” in 1990, "Sanwali Saloni" by Vital Signs in 1991, "Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar" in 1992 by Strings, Sajjad Ali’s "Didi" ripoff "Babia" in 1993, Najam Shiraz’s "In Se Nain" in 1995, Junoon’s "Saeein" in 1996 or Awaz’s "Mr. Fraudiye" in 1997. Junoon came into race with their World Cup Hit song “Jazaba-e-Junoon Tou Himat na Har”. This is only to be expected in a growing industry. Perhaps biggest unexpected success of an experimental song, however, was Sajjad Ali’s street-wise 1995 hit "Chief Saab". Full of Karachi slang and tough imagery, "Chief Saab", perhaps more than anything else signified coming age of pop music. It showed that one did not necessarily have to remain within pre-determined saccharine-sweet boundaries to be popular, and that people liked hearing of issues other than puppy love. Partly, as a result of this expansion of pop market, established musicians from non-pop genres such as qawwali maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan were also drawn towards experimenting within it. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan gave numerous hit one after another and he gave music for Hollywood movies and as well as for many Bollywood movies too. The pop band that most successfully seized upon this idea was, of course, Junoon, which used its success with haunting "Saeein" to recast itself as a completely different sort of band. Here we saw pop again intersecting with folk and vice versa.
Tired of trashy TV? Try an old-time treat!Written by Ned Norris
Americans love to be entertained, though most of what passes for entertainment these days isn’t that good.
As almost every viewer and listener can attest, consumers seeking objectionable material need not look too far, says Ned Norris, president of RUSC (RU Sitting Comfortably?). "Too much of today’s television and radio is simply trashy. People get tired of that."
Almost every channel features a reality show that does not resemble reality of most Americans. Daytime soaps and talk shows glorify lives and relationships built around sex and deceit, and prime-time shows offer prime examples of societal ills. Radio can be just as bad, with profanity in rock-’n-roll and rap lyrics, and talk shows that lean heavily on hatred and sexual innuendo to appeal to an increasingly cynical audience.
"This country has an insatiable demand for entertainment media," Norris says. "But adults who want to listen with their kids, or just to enjoy programming that’s well-written and creative, have fewer choices today than they once did.
"Fortunately, old-time radio has it all: Comedy that’s honestly funny without exceeding bounds of good taste. Drama and suspense from an era when writers had to depend on their skill with words, rather than flashy special effects. Variety shows, quiz shows, westerns, and stories for kids."
RUSC has a library of more than 5,000 episodes of old-time radio shows for every taste. The company adds another 20 to 40 every week.