Ali Zafar – London, Paris, New York (Music Review)

February 28, 2012

By Mutee

While Ali Zafar has multiple mega hit tracks to his name with lots of awards and vast recognition, it wasn’t until very recently that the poster boy for Pak-Pop showed the world that he deserves all the attention for his music. The improvement was first highlighted with his various appearances in Coke Studio series, performing some of his old material but mostly leaning towards a new soulful musical direction. This great musical growth was sustained pretty well in his 3rd album “Jhoom” which was released by his own label Alif Records (and by YRF Music in India) roughly a year ago.

The Sketches – Nind Nashe Vich (Single Review)

February 24, 2012

By Mutee

Our country’s star-chasing music scene often fails to recognize greatness unless it is too late or there is some reassurance from elsewhere in the world. The Sketches’ debut album (2010’s “Dastkari”) came and went with no industry excitement. Pressed by Fire Records along with a heap of releases (some recognizable, some mediocre), “Dastkari” faded without making a significant mark. The band’s ambitious and mature approach however did prove to be fruitful in form of a much sought after slot in last year’s Coke Studio, solidifying their status as legitimate and talented musical force.

Noori – Taaron Se Agay (KM Single Review)

February 13, 2012

By Hasan Faridi

The teaser of “Taaron Se Aagay” has had more than 5000 plays on Soundcloud to date. The full-length single however, has more than 200 on its first day of release. Expect it to grow, as Noori take you to their world. You may all recognise it as – Nooriworld.

Noori (‘light’ in Urdu) is a pop/rock band from Lahore (Pakistan) and formed in 1996. Regarded as one of the prominent pioneering forces that shaped Pakistani music in the modern era, Noori have captured the hearts and minds of nearly every single music-lover in the country.

Club Caramel – Deewana (KM Single Review)

February 11, 2012

By Hasan Faridi

With a song recorded and mixed at True Brew Records at Lahore, Pakistan, Club Caramel are back with a new song named “Deewana”, released alongside a new video. The song was supposedly going to be a Valentine’s Day treat, but what do you know… some people can celebrate early.

Lahore-based pop/rock band Club Caramel was recently in the spotlight for signing a music video and brand endorsement deal with Samsung in Pakistan. It seems that not only is the group becoming more popular with brands, but also with the fans, with over 25,000 fans on Facebook. 25,000 and counting.

In the new track “Deewana”, Kiran Chaudhry is on vocals whilst Adnan Sarwar strums the guitar as well as doing the occasional “hoo hoo’s” too. Sameer Ahmed plays bass, Fahad Khan hits the drums, Jamal Rahman shakes the… well shakers, and Asif Goga pats the bongos.

Club Caramel – Teray Bin (KM Single Review)

By Hasan Faridi

I was surprised to know the popularity of Pakistani group Club Caramel. They’ve gone as far as being on television, being promoted by a magazine and have done an Adele cover. With the new single “Teray Bin”, released alongside a brand-new video, the Club may well become sensations.

The new single “Teray Bin” was mixed and mastered at the A & A Studio, in Lahore (Pakistan) and written, composed and produced by Adnan Sarwar.

Saieen Zahoor Live in Mississauga – An Unforgettable & Astonishing Experience

July 20, 2011

The following is a guest post written by Nazeeha Khokhar (commonly known as Atiffan1), a Canadian Pakistani who has never been to Pakistan yet the number of Pakistani songs in her iPod outnumbers the number of other international songs.

Me (Nazeeha): I really wanna go see this singer live!
Indian Friend: Which singer?
Me: Uhmmm, I don’t think you know him, he’s this Pakistani singer, he’s an old man.
Indian Friend: Rahat?
Me: No! Do you know about Coke Studio?
Indian Friend: No.
Me: Okay then you don’t know him.

I knew nothing about him, I had only seen him perform in Coke Studio yet I was so excited to see him perform live in front of my eyes. I was overjoyed when my friend said that I could meet him and get a picture with him. He wore a kussa, a fancy kurta, mehndi on his fingernails, some funky jewelry and heavy kaajal in his eyes.

Bol: Soundtrack (Review)

By Hasan Faridi

After Khuda Kay Liye, that went on to win several international awards, Bol is another gripping story set to be released by Shoaib Mansoor.

Bol is a feature film expected to be released on 24 June 2011. The film stars Atif Aslam, Humaima Malik, Mahira Khan, Shafqat Cheema, Manzar Sehbai, Zaib Rehman and Amr Kashmiri in the lead roles.

The main story is about a family experiencing troubles, sufferings and high points. As family members try to solve their problems they step into deeper troubles.

Coke Studio Season 4 Episode 1 Review

By Hasan Faridi

When it comes to Coke Studio, the Pakistani, and even the International audience, demand high quality and breathtaking music in each episode. The Producer of Coke Studio, Rohail Hyatt, has done it again.

So another Season has recently dawned upon us and Coke Studio has more fans than ever. With countless of talented artists such as Arif Lohar, Strings and JoSH having already taken the stage, can a new line-up top them?

Club Caramel – Zindagi (KM Single Review)

May 1, 2011

By Hasan Faridi

Club Caramel isn’t an illegal club or a new confectionery treat. It’s an upcoming pop band from Pakistan. So get stuck in!

The band mainly consists of Kiran Chaudhry and Adnan Sarwar. But artists and musicians such as Farhan Albert on keyboards and Sameer Ahmed on bass also add to the band, especially in the latest single named “Zindagi”, meaning “Life” in English.

The journey of Club Caramel started when Kiran and Adnan met at a gig in Lahore.