Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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At a time when a majority of Pakistani bands are trying their luck in Bollywood, it has been learnt that Mizmaar has jumped on to a bigger opportunity in the form of a Hollywood film called D-War. Mizmaar’s title track from their second album, Sitara, has been included in the film’s official soundtrack (OST) that is directed by Korean director Hyuang-rae Shim, and produced by James B. Kang who is one of the leading Hollywood producers of action-thriller films. The film’s star cast comprises Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks and Robert Forster. D-War has a theme similar to the Steven Spielberg film, Jurassic Park.
Says the band’s guitarist and producer, Kashan Admani, “We got the offer from the producer after the success of Sitara in India. Since the song has a violin part in the intro, it has a very Oriental feel to it, and as the film has a Chinese base, the director felt that it was the right song for it.” When asked if the band has allowed any alterations in composition and lyrics, Kashan said, “No. The great thing is that they wanted the song as it is.”
So now that Mizmaar has finally stepped into the film scene, do they plan to lend their tracks to Bollywood banners? “We have some offers we are working on, and we might be involved in more Hollywood projects in the near future.” Does he think Pakistani rock music fits in a Hollywood film? “We think some of the Pakistani music is superb and comparable to any western music, and so it certainly can be a part of any Hollywood movie if there is a requirement of such music in the film.”
The rock music scene in Pakistan has grown immensely in recent times, with artistes such as Shallum Xavier and others working on international platforms. About the video Admani says, “It should be out in a few days. It’s a newly-edited version done by the film’s director with our performance from the original Sitara video.”
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Saturday, April 26, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Singing sensation, Atif Aslam became the youngest ever Pakistani to receive the Tamgha-e- Imtiaz award for making Pakistan proud. The award is the fourth highest honour of the Government of Pakistan given to both civilians and military having immense merit in various fields of literature, arts, sports, medicine or science.
Atif received the award from the Punjab Governor on Pakistan Day on March 23. The celebrated singer who has already performed in more than 25 countries, while receiving the award said, “I think (I got the award) because I represented Pakistan internationally a lot this year. That's what the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz stands for. It's awarded to people who make Pakistan proud globally.”
TUNING IN: Live fusion
By yousuf khan
Music is an emulation of one’s inner self, it’s an art form best described by Fuzon’s lead guitarist Shallum Xavier: “God gave artists to the world so that people can dream during the day.” It’s a mode of expression that jolts down an invisible force to its listeners in a precarious manner, leaving them with an experience to cherish. This is the kind of a rendezvous I recently had while attending a Fuzon gig.
The atmosphere at the venue was electrifying and one could feel it. As a band faced with enormous success after the release of their first album followed by controversies, I was more than eager to catch up on what this talented bunch had to offer after a sabbatical of five years. Those who may say that the replacement of Rameez on vocals is of no comparison with Shafqat will agree that he has the added exuberance of youth that the latter lacked, and his vocals were spot on throughout the night.
There’s a certain degree of spark that always makes a band what it is and what it stands for, and for the most part Fuzon is that band. The gig was a live set of around 10 songs for a local music channel. The band opened with Soon, soona from their upcoming album while Journey encompassed some really nice guitar interludes that caught my attention. This was the first time I was hearing Rameez and to be honest I loved the eastern fusion of his expertise with the orchestration of Emu on this track. The trio followed that up with a few songs from their first album along with a rendition of Tere Bina. Also played were Pyar Na Raha and Khamaj from their first album, something different for the audience as the vocals distinguished the band’s identity with their new sound.
The atmosphere at the venue was electrifying and one could feel it. As a band faced with enormous success after the release of their first album, I was more than eager to catch up on what this talented bunch had to offer after a sabbatical of five years. Even those who may say that the replacement of Rameez on vocals is of no comparison with Shafqat will agree that he has the added exuberance of youth that the latter lacked.
After the dearth of live shows, the performance came as somewhat of a breather for Karachiites. Moving on, Fuzon did an absolutely amazing cover of Abida Parveen’s Dhanin Nagia. Aatish-o-Abd, a song from their upcoming album and composed by Shallum, is guitar-oriented and starts off with the opening riff from Shallum and moves on to an uplifting tempo and Emu’s proficiency as a keyboardist. It brought back the memory of Shallum’s rock genre roots evident in the guitar solo. They highlighted the show with Neend Na Aye whose video is being aired at almost all of the local music channels.
In conclusion, the event was more or less an opening statement by Fuzon that they are back stronger than ever. As Shallum puts it: “We make music because we love making music, and I want to do this every night. Our personal endeavors and objectives in life were very different in the first album — merely an experimental project by us.”
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
There is nothing less than "wonderful" that could be said about inteha the band. Topping charts and rocking live performances are just a slight description of what the duo is capable of doing. The long awaited album will soon be hitting the market and one should not be surprised if it takes it by a storm. Inteha has never seized to surprise its audiences. in form of their debut album no less than a stunner is expected. wishing them all the luck with their debut album here is the album teaser for everyone's pleasure. Total rocking experience, seems to be a couple of true gems in the album.
To listen to their debut album teaser, click Here .
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
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Sunday, April 6, 2008
From the award winning & chart breaking artists and makers of the smash hit single "2 Step Bhangra" -- THE BILZ & KASHIF comes their brand new single from the upcoming album by THE BILZ & KASHIF slated for Summer 2008.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Watch Zulfiqar Khan and his band mates compose music for Aasman click Here .
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