Nescafe Basement Season 2 Episode 1 (Review)

Nescafe Basement Season 2

Nescafe Basement Season 2

Last week, the much awaited second season of Nescafe Basement finally came out and was released simultaneously on various TV channels and online as well. The timing of the basement is said to be very crucial as it coincides with another already running and highly anticipated music show.

Supervised under the brilliance of the maestro Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan a.k.a Xulfi, Nescafe Basement first came up last summer with some mixed reviews from the audiences. But it was mainly the concert tours later on that made this music show much more familiar in the masses.

Sandaraa Brings Together Lahore Vocalist Zeb Bangash and Brooklyn Musicians

November 3, 2013
The pretty faces of Sandaraa

Zebunnisa Bangash - Sandaraa

Zebunnisa Bangash, more commonly known as Zeb from the famous duo ‘Zeb and Haniya‘ is now leading a new band called ‘Sandaraa‘ that is going to be a cross continental collaboration between the Lahore based singer and some versatile musicians belonging to Brooklyn, a famous area in New York.

Zeb and Haniya who shot to fame with their appearance on Coke Studio couple of seasons back are once again on the sets for the season 6 and Coke Studio recently released their first single from this year’s season in the form of ‘Laili Jaan‘.

Amitabh Bachchan Shows Extra Affection and Appreciation To Ali Zafar

October 29, 2013

Ali Zafar meets Amitabh Bachchan (4)

Want to get an insight scope of what’s happening in B world. Then here is one for your delight, recently singer/actor Ali Zafar met the legendary Amitabh Bachchan with Kill Dil’s director Shaad Ali and Ranveer Singh. The moment of delight came when Mr. Bachchan showed his extra affection to Ali and appreciated his acting and singing skills. After hearing remarkable comments from veteran actor and B world king Ali is at cloud nine. He expressed his views about the meeting as,

‘Today my bucket wish came true after meeting Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, I have always wished to meet him and today I experienced an amazing opportunity of meeting Mr. Bachchan in person. I am thrilled to receive greetings and appreciation about my work from legendary actor as I have an immense respect for him since my childhood, these words matters a lot for me as I am and always will be a big fan of Mr. Bachchan.’

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Coke Studio Season Six releases second single: ‘Laili Jaan’

October 25, 2013
Zeb & Haniya - Laili Jaan

Zeb & Haniya - Laili Jaan - Coke Studio Season Six

Following the opening of Season 6 with the release of ‘Jogi‘, Coke Studio releases its next single “Laili Jaan” by Zeb & Haniya.

‘Laili Jaan’ is a song that first took the world of Afghan Pop by storm in the 1970’s, by a man who is considered the King of Afghan music – Ahmad Zahir. While Afghanistan is known for its wealth of heritage music, Zahir contributed towards creating a legacy of Pop and Rock music that mirrored Elvis Presley, which led him to be regarded as the ‘Elvis of Afghanistan’. The song talks about classic heartbreak; a song that represents the tragedy of love lost with a comical tinge.

Coke Studio opens Season Six with ‘Jogi’

October 21, 2013
Fariha Pervez - Jogi

Coke Studio opens Season 6 with Jogi by Fariha Pervez

Coke Studio introduced Season Six’s diverse flavours and elements with ‘Jogi‘, a song that brings the funk and groove of Western Brass elements to Qawwali. Aired on October 20th 2013, ‘Jogi’ is the first single to be released from the Coke Studio Season 6 platform. With vocals by Fariha Pervez in collaboration with Muazzam Ali Khan, ‘Jogi’ further features the contributions of a Serbian House Band, bringing to the mix the jazz and reggae feels of Western instrumentation alongside a Brass section and a String Orchestra from Serbia, complemented by the Coke Studio Dhol group providing the essential Punjabi Folk element to the track.

Shahana Khan Khalil Shares Her Coke Studio Experience

Shahana Khan Khalil - International Production Manager for Coke Studio Season 6

Shahana Khan Khalil - International Production Manager for Coke Studio Season 6

Coke Studio Season 6 is going to hit the airwaves very soon!

Here is a close insight into the Studio as I recently had the chance to interact with Shahana Khan Khalil who happens to be the International Production Manager for this season of Coke Studio playing a major role in the international ride of this mega project. Apart from that she has also been the Assistant BTS Producer and the Editorial Supervisor, all making her a very pivotal person in the upbringing of Season 6.

Ali Zafar Injured himself in Bangkok

October 12, 2013
Ali Zafar

Ali Zafar Injured himself in Bangkok

At a shoot in Bangkok for one of multinational brands, Ali Zafar cut his face and was rushed to the hospital.

According to a source, Ali’s stunt double who arrived was hired according to Ali’s older clean cut lean look which didn’t go with his current long haired French beard buffed up action look he has made for his next feature Kill Dil. With the crew in fix Ali decided to do his own stunt, a process in which he injured his face.

Luckily there were no serious or permanent damages and the actor returned on set after stitches and owed to finish the job he had come to do.

Photo Courtesy: Abdullah Haris

Omran Shafique, Eva Blessed With Yet Another Baby Girl

October 12, 2013
Omran Shafique & Eva

Omran Shafique and Eva

Omran Shafique, the lead guitarist for quite a lot of prominent acts from Pakistani music industry has been blessed with yet another baby girl. This is the second child for Omran and Eva Shafique.

Earlier Omran took to social media and announced this good new to his fans through his Facebook page,

“The new one was eager to join the party. She is here. Both mother and daughter are doing fine, thank God. Sof (Sofia) is asleep at home and has no idea! Blessed. With Eva Shafique.”

The news was followed by a huge number of friends and fans turning up and congratulating the pair on the birth of their second child.

Zinda Bhaag set to be released in USA on October 18th

October 9, 2013
Zinda Bhaag set to be released in USA

Zinda Bhaag set to be released in USAPakistani film Zinda Bhaag, currently doing record business in Pakistani theatres, is set to be released in the USA on 18th October.

“This is another stamp of approval for Zinda Bhaag. It is the first Pakistani film to have found US release while still in theatres,” said producer Mazhar Zaidi.

Zinda Bhaag, starring Naseeruddin Shah and directed by Meenu and Farjad has earned huge praise across the board. After picking up four awards at the Mosaic-Misaff festival in Canada it became Pakistan’s first entry in fifty years for Oscars consideration.

Coke Studio 6: Launch and Expectations

Umair Jaswal, Atif Aslam, Ayesha Omar, Zoe Viccaji and Sikandar Mufti

Coke Studio Season 6 - Artists

Finally after many ifs and buts, and a considerable amount of delay from its usual time slot, Coke Studio Season 6 once again returns with a promise to hit back even harder.

Last year there were even rumours that Coke Studio might not be happening at all but it was only 2 weeks ago when it got confirmed as the ‘press conference-cum-launch event’ for the season 6 was announced through invites to media fraternity.