Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Zau The Band Is An Upcoming & Talented Band From Lahore.Their Debut Video "Bhula Na Paonga" has been Running Succesfuly On Various Music Channels Succesfuly.
Band Lineup Is:
Fahad Ali: Lead Vocals
Asif Ali: Rythems, Lyricist, Composer, Vocals
Waqas Liaquat: Lead Guitarist
In Hardtalk Extra programme broadcast on Sunday 19th August, Razia Iqbal spoke to Pakistani pop sensation, Haroon about the place of pop music in modern Pakistan.
To watch the interview, click HERE:
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
In a recently concluded deal, it has been decided that Rohail Hyatt will produce 2 albums with Shafqat Amanat Ali featuring on vocals. The first album will be a Sufi based concept album with poetry from Sufi masters Bulley Shah, Amir Khusrau and Zaheen Shah Taji. The second album will be Shafqat's solo album scheduled for launch next year. Shafqat and Rohail met earlier this year for a soundtrack recording which also featured the Indian singer Shuba Mudgal. It was during this meeting that both Shafqat and Rohail decided to work together. More details will follow…
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Pakistani Rock Star Sings "bin Laden Blues"
Lahore, Pakistan - When Pakistani rock stars Ali Azmat and Mekaal Hasan were hitting their teens, U.S.-backed military dictator Zia-ul-Haq “Islamized” Pakistan. “There was no entertainment; nothing. It was the worst time to be a teenager in Pakistan. We just roamed around on bikes,” Ali complained. “I didn’t drink until I was twenty-five!”
But during this time, American programming came through. Pakistan and the U.S. were allies. And as Zia-ul-Haq sobered up Pakistan, urban-dwelling Ali and Mekaal could still get their eyeballs in front of TV screens and watch MTV once in a while. “Black suite, white socks, Jackson changed everything; 'Thriller' changed everything,” says Ali. “Your MTV sent out videos of rockers with girls roller blading on Miami Beach….Fireworks. Chicks. Big cars. You’re like ‘Holy Fruity!’ I want to do that action on guitar myself.” So Ali imitated big singers from Bruce Springsteen to Eric Clapton, and found he could hit the high notes. His friends loved it. He felt liberated by it.
And after a while of imitating American sound and the style -- “Long hair, glamrock, cheetah print pants” -- he “got interested in...actually hearing the great musicians.” And with friends like Hasan, he traded dubbed tapes of Western bands, from famous to obscure.
Rock, which Ali says he associated with America even though he now realizes he loved many British bands too, is “about being from the street; it’s about expression and not compromising. It’s an attitude…how to be true to yourself.” Through ul-Haq’s years his repertoire grew, he started singing around town, and soon after the general’s plane crashed, Ali picked up an electric guitar and formed his own band.
Soon thereafter he teamed up with American-educated Pakistani Salman Ahmad to become Junoon's lead vocalist. That’s when he started reincorporating South Asian sounds back into his music -- because it’s what he knew, because he couldn’t imitate all his life, and because his confidence was growing.
Reinterpreting Sufi devotional music with electric guitars, Junoon took on the establishment, true to Rock & Roll roots. President Nawaz Sharif banned the group for singing against government corruption. Yet for it's unapologetic political stance, the band skyrocketed to fame across South Asia.
Mekaal Hasan, a few years Ali’s junior, is more academic about his music than Ali. He went to Boston for two years to study theory and composition at the Berklee College of Music. But returning to Pakistan, he too underwent the same change as Ali, from a wholly Western style of music -- in Mekaal’s case it was jazz -- to an understanding of the power of cross-composing Eastern and Western styles.
“There is no difference,” says Mekaal. “That’s what you come to realize.” He says the composition structures are remarkably similar, and that East can meet West in new and surprising ways through music. At a time when misconceptions about the “Other” plague Americans and Pakistanis alike, he is convinced musical collaboration can bridge the divide. Ali jokingly sings "bin Laden blues" while Mekaal explains how Western riffs can energize Sufi devotional poetry, and poetry can add a profound depth to the wail of a guitar.
The music metaphor for improved East-West relations doesn’t escape Mekaal as he tells me “music is the greatest source of joy here” and there are so many connections between America and Pakistan through music as long as we can “explode misconceptions…and pull the connections out.”
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
We regret to inform you that the complete version of the movie has not been uploaded yet, please check back soon and more links will be added for the complete movie.
here is the download link for the movie Khuda Kai Liye:
Click Here to download entire movie Khuda Kai Liye
2nd link (mirror) for downloading Khuda Kai Liye:
Click here to watch Khuda Kai Liye movie online
Khuda Kai liye movie is uploaded on Rapidshare too: (5 parts)
Khuda Kai Liye Download LINK 1
Khuda Kai Liye Download LINK 2
Khuda Kai Liye Download LINK 3
Khuda Kai Liye Download LINK 4
Khuda Kai Liye Download LINK 5
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Click Here to watch Khuda Kai Liye movie online
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Watch the kicking performance by Ali Zafar. Click on the link below to watch it or download it.
Click HERE (Only works with Internet Explorer)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Check the song Jaan Jaaye!
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After shooting the video of ‘Jua Khela’ in Mumbai, Haroon chooses the city of lights to shoot his 3rd video of the ‘Ishq Nasha’ taken from his latest album Haroon Ka Nasha. The video is shot in a studio in Karachi and is directed by rocky Sadiya Ashraf and animations are done by her brother Bilal Ashraf.
The video is shot on 90% green screen and took 8 months of rendering on the computer. It is a live action mixed with realistic computer graphics. A whole city (hybrid of 1940’s New York and creative imagination) was recreated with intricate painstaking detail.
The theme of the video is how Haroon, playing the lead role, is madly in love and gets his girl by putting his life into trouble by jumping from buildings etc. Super Model Iraj Manzur is the damsel in distress & she goes blonde for the role. Famous designer Deepak Perwani plays the Don gangster. Interestingly, the animator, Bilal, is a student of the animator of the Spiderman movie. So one can expect to see high quality animation throughout the course of the video. They put Haroon in a harness and they took him 35 feet up in the air with a crane to get shots of him leaping buildings.
Musically, the track is probably the only dance floor thumper in the album where Haroon is simply flawless on vocals. This Punjabi tune is energetic, passionate where singer describes the power and addiction to love.
Article by : Shahzeb Shaikh
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Overseas musicians are always given the 'red carpet treatment' in Pakistan but the much-loved city of colours, Lahore, always seems to have its arms open wide in welcome for anything to do with art and culture.
That being said, it is hard to imagine that years ago, Pakistan's acknowledgment regarding the international fashion and music arena was excessively hazy. But thanks to the preponderance of local television channels and the ever-booming growth of Pakistani media (at large), Pakistan is truly making its way on the international map of arts and cross-cultural artist exchange.
And regarding cross-cultural exchange (both in terms of music and fashion), two brilliant overseas musicians recently graced Lahore with an enthralling bhangra-funk evening. The famed Canadian band, Josh, rocked the stage at Warid's Summer Bash which was put together by JB and JAWS Productions (an event management company), at Sozo World (Fortress Stadium).
The Summer Bash took off brilliantly after its inauguration on its very first day, with the screening of the movie 300, the performance of a band called Zauk and of course the hip-shaking performance put up by the boys – Rup and Q – of Josh.
The impatient crowd (who mind you was going absolutely bonkers with excitement) greeted the band with thunderous clapping and roaring hoots – and it took no time at all for the zealous band members to entrap their audience with their hit number 'Mausam'.
The lighting, which consisted of strobes and spotlights, aided in creating the perfect vibrant ambience for the show, as Josh really is all about a little bit of funk and pizzazz. And the huge projector screen, which was situated at the back of the stage, screened various Josh music videos – it was no doubt a different approach which kept the audience's interest deeply-rooted, lest they got bored considering the fact that it was an indoor concert!
However it would have helped if the hall was full of music enthusiasts (which it surprisingly wasn't) as the absence of a horde of youngsters would have just added to the excitement of the entire evening.
Also, lip-syncing is what's usually the 'done thing' at small gigs and/or concerts these days but Josh were true to their fans and gave them value for their money by pulling off a live performance with pre-recorded music! You can't blame them for the pre-recorded music bit since at all 100 per cent 'live' concerts a band faces an excessive amount of technical hiccups.
Josh's second album, entitled Mausam, was released at the end of 2006 and is still somehow managing to go strong due to its intelligent and eclectic collection of songs that range from Hip Hop, ballads and Josh's signature style - energetic Bhangra!
Interestingly enough, it is rumoured that Lahore will get a bit of Nelly Furtado as the boys are due to bring her to Pakistan! Nothing concrete can be said in this regard however as the boys left immediately back for Canada the very next day and it was impossible to get through to them.
The Warid Summer Bash truly took off with an awesome first day. It runs from August 6 to 10 where all music and performance acts will take place at Sozo World in Fortress Stadium. Lahoris can catch acts that are not regulars in the city. Today, Black Fish the improvisational comedy troupe from Karachi will be followed by Sajid and Zeeshan from Peshawar. And day after tomorrow the show will end with Lahore's biggest band of the moment that is Call. A screening of the mega hit film Transformers will also feature.
If you're keen to go, visit: www.jbnjaws.com for further information on the 'Summer Bash' schedule.
source : http://thenews.com.pk/instep_today.asp
Hi folks ,
First of all , thanks to everyone for the kind words. Twinkletoo…love to the family. Your dream shall come true one day inshAllah, just keep yourself updated with our concert schedule.
So I’m back home finally, rested, after a long trip starting from l.s.a in Malaysia till the London parade. What a blast! Had the time of my life.
Lets start from the l.s.a award ceremony. I think what happned on stage would be something you all will able to catch on t.v. soon anyway, but if i don’t fill you in with the offstage fun, whats the point of me writing to you, true?
Well to start with, the first night was fun packed as all of us friends got together and sang songs on the acoustic. The next two nights were even better as more people flew in. The show went on great as expected and it was time to celebrate and so did we all. The Youth Icon Award is indeed a big honour to cherish and even bigger to live upto, but I promise I shall do my best. May God give me the strength and all of you keep showering your love and prayers upon me to give me the courage to keep moving on.
Talking about moving on, I feel that celebrating 60 years of Pakistan in the heart of London on Trafalgar Square with approx. 15000 Pakistanis gathered with locals and foreigners to witness, definitely comes under the term “moving on” for all Pakistanis. I was more than happy to contribute in my own way and shall continue to do so in the future. Won’t we all ?