Latest Interview: Touching base with Strings

March 5, 2009

Latest Interview: Touching base with Strings

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Touching base with Strings

Maheen Sabeeh, Karachi

For the record, Strings remain pop’s most reliable and melodic torchbearers. Their comeback album, Koi Aanay Wala Hai, which released last year, has done extremely well for itself and for the band, epitomizing them to new heights of stardom.

Ali Zafar Blogs about the Terror Attacks “And there goes cricket too”

March 4, 2009

Ali Zafar Blogs about the Terror Attacks “And there goes cricket too”

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“Why does it take so long for something right to happen in this country. And why does it take no time for something like this to happen. Where’s the accountability?
People have been on the streets commenting, screaming , protesting, debating to see the promises made to them fulfilled. Why are they not ?!
It’s sad to witness the formulation of our destiny by a few!
I keep saying unless the youth won’t rise to it, there can be no saving or survival. This is not something new that i say. Jinnah said the same thing. So did Iqbal. The old system and the corrupt thought process needs an exchange with a more enlightened, selfless, educated, groomed and passionate doctrine formulated by the new breed of brains. You need technicians to run a country more than politicians.
Deepest regards and condolences to the Sri Lankan team who was courageous enough to come and play. Sorry guys ! And also to those police officers who lay their lives down.
I’m off.” read more

Atif Aslam’s ‘Kinara’ employs too many ideas for one video’s good

March 1, 2009

Atif Aslam’s ‘Kinara’ employs too many ideas for one video’s good
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Atif parachuting down to ground. Atif buried in the sand. Atif as a superstar. Too many ideas are as bad for a video as too many cooks are for the broth

Maheen Sabeeh, Karachi

A music video is supposed to lift a song. Not take it down. Unfortunately, in Atif’s latest video, the former happens.

When Atif Aslam revealed that his next video would be with Bilal Lashari (well-known for his stand out videos of Jal’s ‘Sajni’, Overload’s ‘Dhamaal’, Abrar’s ‘Islamabad’ and Atif’s ‘Hungami Halaat’), it came as a nice surprise. After all, barring ‘Hungami Halaat’, Atif has had a string of music videos that simply haven’t left a lasting impression. That he has become a star despite the abysmal quality of most of his videos is astounding and speaks of true talent and star quality.

Fire Records Signed 3 More Artists

February 28, 2009

Laal, a Lahore-based band, announced the launch of their album titled ‘Umeed-e-Sahar’ which features the poetry of the great poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib and deals with social concerns of our times. It will be released under Fire Records.

Hadiqa Kiyani will be releasing her album titled ‘Aasmaan’ under the label Fire Records.

Kaavish has signed a deal with Fire Records and they will be releasing their album titiled ‘Gunkali’

Another Bollywood single by Call the band (xulfi) – Dhadke Jiya Ye Rasta

February 26, 2009

Xulfi has once again made a song for an indian movie called “Aloo Chaat”. The video teaser is out on Tv channels. The song ofcourse sucked like previous two but better than them. I was seeing call on channel “Play” yesterday on “PMC (Pakistan Music Charts)” with their PMC sponsored toys in their hands and their bollywood songs being played at the back, dancing and enjoying their patheticism. The band call is nothing but a complete waste on society I am glad they did make some bucks during this course of transition from rock to bollywood.

Download: Aloo Chaat – Dhadhke Jiya Ye Rasta (teaser)

I wouldn’t have hated the song this much if it was by someone else but Call i expected different.

Article: Lost icons of Pakistani music and their lost causes

February 26, 2009

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Lost icons, lost cause

By Seema Faruqi

Ahmed Rushdi gave this country countless hits from Ko Ko Korina, Akele Na Jana, Haan Issi Morr Par, Alif Se Aachi and Bandar Road Se Keamari, literally ruling the air in the ’60s and ’70s … but he was awarded the ultimate prize of Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in 2003, 20 years after his death.

Alamgir on dialysis

February 26, 2009

Alamgir on Dialysis

In 2004, Alamgir was diagnosed with polycystic kidneys inherited from his mother. In the initial stage he was advised by the doctor to see a kidney specialist and was put on a special diet and medication. His condition worsened and last August he was rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery to start kidney dialysis. Now he has dialysis regularly thrice a week.

Zeb & Haniya in TIME’s pick of the week

February 24, 2009
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Zeb & Haniya’s album is in the top 5 Picks of the week in the Arts section of the latest Time magazine Asia edition.
This was their comment on it:
Oh, I just saw it. That’s awesome! :) For those who haven’t seen it yet, our album is on the top 5 Picks of the week in the current issue of Time magazine Asia edition, in the arts section. We’re very excited :) Will scan the article and put it up on our website soon.

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