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Tribute to QAWAL Amjad Sabri (A soul staggering Incident)

Tribute to QAWAL Amjad Sabri
(A soul staggering Incident)

By : Iqra Saeed He didn’t have a protocol He didn’t have a squad He lived like a common man Prospered by a plod He didn’t have the weapons He didn’t hold criminality Ambushed so viviciously Payed for fidelity Wolves feed on human blood Ripped off the innocent All humans shed tears On act of this dissident Curse you all devils Curse you so loud All your filthy bodies Soon face the shroud … Read entire article »

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Tribute to Amjad Sabri: JABAR KAY ANDHEROON MEIN ZINDAGI GUZARI HAY

Tribute to Amjad Sabri: JABAR KAY ANDHEROON MEIN ZINDAGI GUZARI HAY

By Rafique Ali April 2016 will now stay in my memory forever. Its was a gloomy Saturday evening in Atlanta, usually people in my adopted city don’t like grey sky. Being a native of sunny Karachi, I will forever remain fond of the clouds and rain.  Amjad Sabri was doing US tour and I was on my way to attend his concert. Clouds, light rain, Amjad Sabri and even my wife agreed to accompany me (as she … Read entire article »

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A beautiful rendition of Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem – Gham na kar – by Shahram Azhar

We are sharing this beautiful rendition of Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem sung by Shahram Azhar. PTH … Read entire article »

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History of Pop Music In Pakistan

History of Pop Music In Pakistan

By Omar Alavi The popular music in Pakistan developed just like anywhere else in the world. This begs the question fundamentally and primarily: how does one define popular music? Is it the sign of the times or the product of the times one lives in? Popular music just like any other art form is subjective and hard to confine in a genre, people feel satisfied in. In fact popular music is an enigma that keeps the … Read entire article »

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Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malik Omaid Malala Yousufzai the Swat girl who wrote diaries as “Gul Makai” for the BBC Urdu service and was shot by Taliban on speaking for Girls right of education won this years Nobel Peace Prize. While the whole world was praising this young girl, 17 years of age and the youngest of all Nobel Laureates, for her courageous promotion of Girls education not only in Taliban effected Pakistan but also worldwide, she was target of … Read entire article »

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Habib Wali Muhammad Passed Away

Habib Wali Muhammad Passed Away

Malik Omaid Famous singer Habib Wali Muhammad passed away on Thursday at the age of 90, after being treated for his illness in Los Angeles for the past few days. Habib Wali Muhammad was famous for his unique style of Ghazal singing and he rose to fame after the release of his song “Lagta nahi hai dil mera” which was a poem of Bahadur Shah Zafar. We are sharing some of his celebrated songs for our readers as … Read entire article »

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Music and Post Colonial Identity

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Rchops tweeted an amazing list of songs that deal with post colonial identity. He tweeted   [View the story “Post Colonial Songs” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Colonialism, culture, History, Music, Pak Tea House, Storify, Twitter, video

Changing Rhythms of Pakistan’s Patriotic songs

Malik Omaid I have grown up in 90’s era, when Pakistani Pop music was at its Peak. We used to have Patriotic songs in almost every album of Pop Artists. It was like a competition between the Pop artists. “Hai Jawan” by “Awaz”, “Hai Jazba Junoon” by “Junoon” and “Apni Zameen” by Vital Signs were a gift of that memorable era. It is very heart breaking to see that now no more of such gems are produced. This is a very interesting video depicting of how Pakistani Patriotic songs changed by the time.   The changing rhythms of patriotism by razarumi1http://dai.ly/x23po8d   This video has been taken from Dawn’s Youtube channel. … Read entire article »

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Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz has been killed by unknown gunmen in Peshawer area Gulberg. This is not the first time that singers from Pushtoon origin has been targeted. Pushtoon singers especially female singers have been systematically target killed in recent years. In the past another renowned singer Ghazala Javed was killed allegedly by her husband. The detailed report by Raza Rumi on that event is posted for our readers. The Music Doesn’t Stop in Peshawar   On June 18 (2012), … Read entire article »

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The night club songs of Nahid Akhtar, the Asha Bhosle of Pakistan

The night club songs of Nahid Akhtar, the Asha Bhosle of Pakistan

By Nate Rabe Introducing the woman who gave the world ‘Hello Madam Disco’ and ‘Some Say I Am Sweety’. Nahid Akhtar came onto the music scene in Pakistan in the mid-1970s, first on the small screen but finding her true space on the much grander sets of the Lahore film industry. After the 1971 war, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh and a horrible period of national crisis in Pakistan, the best Bengali artists left Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bollywood, Cinema, culture, liberal Pakistan, Media, Music, secularism, Society, video

A Short Escape from the Travails of Life in Pakistan

A Short Escape from the Travails of Life in Pakistan

Kasim Osmani Music Freedom Day is a globally celebrated event intended to pay homage to the singers and musicians who suffer censorship, bans, life-threats, financial constraints, stereotypical treatment, and other constraints for being a part of the music industry. The Music Freedom Day is also dedicated to those who spend their lives serving music, yet, cannot come to the spotlight. Life is made difficult for artists in most of the under-developed countries, such as Mali and … Read entire article »

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Facing the music in Kashmir

By Ghazala Akbar   ‘If there is a Paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here’ extolled the Mughal Emperor Jehangir waxing lyrical on the earthly splendours of the Vale of Kashmir. There can be few more magical settings in South Asia than the 17th Century Mughal Shalimar Bagh blooming in late summer glory with a backdrop of the Zabarwan Hills. This was the extraordinary venue of a Western classical music concert organized by the German Ambassador to India and the internationally-renowned Bombay-born Parsi conductor, Zubin Mehta with the support of the Indian Government.  The strains of Beethoven, Haydn and Tchaikovsky wafting through the crisp mountain air would have certainly delighted the aesthetic sense of many a Mughal Emperor. But did it strike the right note for the people … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, human rights, India, Kashmir, Music

Mehdi Hasan’s Top 20

Mehdi Hasan’s Top 20

Raza Rumi Mehdi Hasan died today. There are no words to capture his influence on my generation and the ones before me. I am posting a shorter version of my essay which was published in a volume “Mehdi Hasan: The Man and His Music” (2010, Liberty Books). RIP Khan Saheb. The kesari balam has finally left for his new home.. ~ (Read more here) My friend Fifi Haroon (@FifiHaroon) tweeted the best of Mehdi Hasan. Saadia gardezi … Read entire article »

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Strings of hope

Strings of hope

By: Dr. Zehra Saqlain I would like to congratulate the whole nation that we still have visionaries and writers who can take the burden of addressing the national/social issues with no fear. Yes, I am talking about the representative of the new generation, Bilal Maqsood. I always wondered who will take the responsibility and who would be able to write like Mr. Anwar Maqsood. Nevertheless, after listening to the new song of Strings “mein tou dekhoonga” … Read entire article »

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Aaloo-eating zionists – Pakistan’s youth reacts to daily doses of ghairat and lies

Aaloo-eating zionists – Pakistan’s youth reacts to daily doses of ghairat and lies

By Saadia Gardezi The latest music video to go viral in the Pakistani blogosphere, Aaloo Andey by Beyghairat Brigade, says most of what those on the centre and left are thinking. The Pakistani virtualverse has been twittering about the satire since it came out. However there has also been some verbal violence against the views expressed in the song, characteristic of the Pakistan we live in… what for one man thinks is xenophobic nationalism, for another is just … Read entire article »

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