Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Hear Audios: Seyyem - Maryam Kizilbash and Leonard Massey female duo band

The band Seyyem was formed by Maryam Kizilbash (writer, vocalist and author of "Floods of Deserted Dreams") and Leonard Massey (keyboardist and composer) in 2007. Seyyem is the only male female duo in Pakistan. The songs are all originals penned by Maryam (Manna).

Here you will find their music and much more Here.

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Drumming sensation Gumby launches his website : www.ljpinto.com

It seems the importance of having a web presence is slowly seeping its way into the music industry. While big guns like Ali Azmat, Ali Zafar, Atif Aslam, Strings and Ali Haider among a few others continue to update their official websites, many bands and soloists have still not given this mass medium enough importance.But now drummer par excellence Gumby has taken the plunge and formed his own website. It's designed in a way that suits Gumby's personality. Drum sticks are used as icons and a diary format is visible.

If you don't know Gumby's career graph, a great start is this web site, www.ljpinto.com

And if you're looking to hear which albums Gumby is playing, this site will provide you with all the information. As it turns out, Gumby is featured on pretty much all major albums. He can be heard on Ali Azmat's Klashnifolk, Mekaal Hasan Band's Andholan, Abbas Premjee's Elements – slated for release in 2008 – as well as Kaavish's Gunkali, on which Gumby has played on three numbers – and Zeb and Haniya's debut.

Industry insiders always knew of this drummer's magic but Noori brought Gumby into the spotlight and his live shows with the band made him an icon. Now pursuing a solo career, Gumby is open to all kinds of music and is one of the most sought-after drummers in Pakistan. If you want to know more about the man, all you gotta do is log on!

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Fuzon composes music for White Cloud's Bollywood film 'Mumbai Cutting'

Famous for their songs 'Tere Bina' from Hyderabad Blues 2, Fuzon, the Pakistani rock band are in the city. The three-member band has been composing music for White Cloud's film Mumbai Cutting and has also completed shooting the music video. Vocalist Rameez Mukhtar, keyboard player Imran Momina and guitarist Shallum Xavier, have been working together for a year now, ever since Shafquat Amanat Ali (lead singer) left the band.

When contacted, Imran says, "We have finished composing the music for Mumbai Cutting and are also finishing the video of the song. Since we have been regularly visiting India, we feel at home here. After Shafquat Amanat Ali left our group, we now have a new vocalist Rameez Mukhtar. Insha Allah there will be a good quantity of songs henceforth." About the song for Mumbai Cutting, Imran says, "We had done songs like 'Maro Saiya' and 'Tere Bina' in the past, which were used by Nagesh Kukunoor in Hyderabad Blues 2. This time we have composed a ballet for Mumbai Cutting. There are different emotions like sadness, separation and also love in the same track."

Meanwhile, Rameez says "It's been a year since I joined the band as the lead singer. We have been listening to Indian music since childhood and I have been in the music industry for 20 years now. We make music that is liked by both Indians and Pakistanis."

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Haroon - Nahin Hah Yeh Pyaar


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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Pakistani music rocks in India

Pakistani music rocks in India!

Aqsa Hussain
Karachi

Music goes beyond borders. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Shakira are some true examples of how far musical success goes.

While the new breed of Pakistani musicians may not have catapulted to international fame in the west, they have managed to develop a massive following across the border.

With the explosion of media in the last few years, quite a few new acts have sprouted on the scene. In fact, since then new acts are entering the industry consistently. And for quite a few of them, popularity is fast increasing in India.

It was Nazia Hasan who lent her vocals to Feroz Khan's Qurbani in 1981. Nazia's rendition of 'Aap Jaisa Koi' made her a super success and back then, this tune was an anthem for a generation.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's team up with Peter Gabriel, Canadian Michael Brook and Eddie Veddar of Pearl Jam made him an icon in the west.

While Nusrat's fame may have come from the west but in most cases, it is Bollywood that is making Pakistani musicians a hit in India and is helping them carve a name even outside Pakistan with Asians. Even as their own pop albums have a following, it is the foray in Bollywood that really makes them icons.

But what makes this success of local acts last well beyond the fame of one Hindi movie tune is their originality in music. And part of the reason can also be contributed to India's own struggling pop scene. Bollywood music enjoys the biggest share in the market and over the years, pop singers have ventured into playback singing.

Today, pop names like Alisha Chinoi, Shaan, K.K and Sonu Nigam concentrate far more on big Bollywood projects than on their solo records. Hence, Pakistani musicians, who tend to be less filmi in sound and with a struggling cinema scene right here at home, are a welcome for Indian fans.

Over the last few years, Jal, Atif Aslam, Shiraz Uppal, Strings, Raeth, Roxen, Ali Haider, Sajjad Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Azmat and Haroon, Call, Mizmaar - have all developed strong foothold in India.

"Pakistani bands are so melodious, original and pure unlike bands here. Their music is without dhinchek dhinchek. Simple guitaring and orchestra makes Pakistani songs worth listening to," says Shobit from Delhi.

A 15-year-old student who proudly calls himself a Jalaholic says, "I never get bored of listening to Pakistani music because the variety of bands which Pakistan offers differ in genres and styles. Musicians from Pakistan are influenced by western artists but they don't imitate them.

Plus, Pakistani bands have all kinds of music to offer, for all types of listeners. Their music is slow, fast, pop, rock, metal-influenced, fusion, classical and Sufi. One has a lot to choose from. Their lyrics are such that all listeners can relate to it.

The videos are amazing and unusual, compared to the "always romantic ones" in India. People in India are avid Pakistani music listeners. In India, we listen to western bands, which are English because such music is rare in India. But Pakistani bands dabble in such genres but the language remains Urdu and Punjabi, which makes them different from others. It's a rarity in India to have pop rock acts. The language and closeness attracts the younger generation.

Because of the fact that India and Pakistan were once the same country before independence, there is a curiosity to know more about Pakistan. In Urban centers like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Pune, Pakistani musicians are immensely popular."

Meher Kahlon a 17-year-old student from Hyderabad appreciates music Pakistani music by because, "All lyrics are so soothing and calm". Meher says, "Himesh Reshammiya's popularity graph is not superior to Pakistani singers."

This young girl emphasises that the youth of India is not judgmental and critical as they are thought to be. "People to people contact should be improved through this lovely medium of music," **** Meher.

Pakistani albums are numerously sold here. All we prefer is meaningful, touching and soothing music regardless of the country that music belongs to. One important reason is blend of Hindi and Urdu spoken in both countries. There are no language issues, even our filmmakers have started featuring Pakistani bands in their film soundtracks and interestingly the soundtracks end up topping the charts and are frequently played in clubs. Man, we can't resist loving it!" says Fatah from Mumbai.

There has been a lot of cultural exchange between both countries but it has never risen like this in past and the reason is flourishing music scene in Pakistan which has ultimately made Pakistani musicians win hearts of billions of Indians.

The way India's younger generations has overwhelmingly accepted Pakistani music is absolutely incredible.

The young generation of music aficionados seem to be unplugged from the fright of past history and tends to look forward. Pakistani music industry has dared to move forward with hope and opened up new avenues for itself. Way to go!
http://www.thenews.com.pk/instep_today.asp

Monday, December 17, 2007

Jal Sajni The Video



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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Jal Sajni Video



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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Usman Shani - “Rastay” Video - Released for Eid



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Pakistan Film a Big Hit at International Film Festival

It's being hailed as the film which has revived a moribund Pakistan cinema. It has received accolades for boldly taking on the fundamentalist Mullah lobby in Pakistan, and the world over, and laying down the real picture. Khuda Ke Liye moves through three countries - USA, England and Pakistan - with the message of tolerance and humanity. The film, which has sent the 'fundoos' into paroxysms of protest, is a powerful indictment of the current face of rigid, conservative, violent Islam. And in the end, what remains is the compelling picture of the young, jean clad Muslim using his musical talents both on stage and in the mosque. The debut filmmaker read an interview of an ex Pakistani pop singer, Junaid Jamshed who not only denounced his band Vital Signs, but branded music as anti-Islamic, after being influenced by the radical religious lobby in Pakistan. But more importantly, the film, Khuda Ke Liye (For God's Sake) has become the talking point at the International film festival after its first house-packed screening on Monday.

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Aunty Disco Project: Live and Dangerous on December 14th at the PACC Auditorium


ADP will be performing live at the PACC Auditorium (outdoors) on Friday Dec 14 2007 8:30 pm. They will be performing songs from their debut album. For the first time, advance copies of this album will be available for sale at this show so don't miss out on this exclusive performance.

Faraz Haider (with hit singles "Simple LIfe" and "Future") will be opening the show.

Tickets are for Rs. 250. They are available at the gate.
For advance reservations please send an email to projectauntydisco@gmail.com

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Zameer and DeadShyre - Rahon Ko

Dodging freezing cold weather in the land of the maple leaves, Toronto based band Zameer has traveled quite a lot to grab a sunny and romantic music video for their track Rahon Ko. Enthusiastic enough the lyrics are sung fairly good by the youngster Ali Rizvi and a better job directing the video by Ali Noor’s better half Mandana Zaidi and Yasir Khan has kept the spirits of the song alive , Happy watching!



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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Download: Fahad Ahmad's debut single 'Teray Bina'

Fahad has recently teamed up with well known Pakistani music producer Kamijee to work on his first album. To hear the song and learn more about New York based Fahad Ahmad, check his official website below:



http://www.fahadahmad.com/

Faakhir - Din Mein Teri Yaad



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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Farooq Ahmed of AaroH producing Gravity and AWS's albums


Livewire sensation and fabulous singer, the front man of Aaroh, Farooq Ahmed is a musician with flair. The driving force of Aaroh has been producing quite a few bands recently. “I am currently producing Gravity and AWS. Gravity has Ahsan (vocals), Shoaib (rhythm guitars), Fahad (lead guitars), Sohaib (bass) and Aziz (drums). They are basically a hard-rock band. AWS has Ahmed Wahab Shah on vocals. Ahmed composes of the songs and quite a few of them were recorded at his home studio. His is basically a pop-rock album,” enlightens Farooq.

So why did he choose this particular band to produce? “Well they had done a single at my studio when they had started doing music, so it was then that I realised they had great potential and an awesome future”, he replies.

About his future plans, he says that, “I plan to take my band and the studio to the next level and inshallah you all shall see the results pretty soon. Aaroh has had something up their sleeve for a while now, so it should be out in the near future”.

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