Is Local Music Making A Comeback?

Despite with no major live concerts happening, local music is making a comeback, with lot of new creative ideas being introduced in the industry. With projects like Coke Studio, Guitar School in Lahore, Uth Records and LUMS Music Festival the music scene is gradually picking up momentum — many musicians are getting international offers to showcase their talent in the absence of major international concerts in Pakistan.

Zebunnisa Bangash (Zeb and Haniya), who studied Economics and History of Art and has been singing since age eight feels that investing in music is about how the music business works, and the industry is growing because now the corporations are supporting it. It explains the value that companies add, helping artists to realise a talent that would typically go unrecognised and get to an audience they would otherwise not reach. She said,

Atif Aslam all set to perform with Fareed Ayaz Qawwal

January 5, 2011

Atif Aslam is all set to perform live at the upcoming Engro Excellence Awards (EEA) with one of Pakistan’s finest Qawwals, Ustad Ghulam Fariduddin Ayaz Al-Hussaini aka Fareed Ayaz. After successfully entertaining the crowd with his renditions of the famous Qawwalis, he will be sharing the stage with a Qawwal for the first time. Fareed Ayaz who belongs to Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana of Delhi, performs various genres of classical music, such as dhrupad, khayal, tarana, thumri and dadra. Fans of both the artists will be excited to see them performing together live on stage.

Other than Atif, Pakistani musicians like Sanam Marvi, Fariha Pervez, Ayesha Omar and many more will be performing at the event. Ayesha will be performing Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s “Lab Key Azad”. She told The Express Tribune,

Pakistani Producer Faisal Rafi working with Grammy Award-Winning Musician

December 8, 2010

Faisal Rafi with Pandit Vishwa Mohan BhattFaisal Rafi who is a Recording Producer, Percussionist, Drummer is currently working with an Internationally acclaimed classical musician, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who has performed in 41 countries of the world and is currently performing in Pakistan. Bhatt who is the creator of the musical instrument Mohan Veena, won a Grammy Award with US guitarist Ry Cooder in 1994 for their album A Meeting by the River.

Faisal has recently recorded a session with Grammy Award winning artiste Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and sub continental legend Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. He said on facebook,

Aag Alive 2009 Concert Review


Sara Khalid

Note: This review focuses primarily on performances and how they looked over television. It doesn’t cover the the venue mishaps and other events.

The show started with an Aag Alive lounge. The lounge started off with the Aagmentary which basically took a look at the history of Pakistani pop music from Ahmed Ruhshdi to Junoon, it was actually quite interesting for any Pakistani pop music fan. After the Aagmentary segment the VJs showed glimpses of the actual concert. They also showed the Behind the Scenes of Aag Alive, all of this was put together really well but after a while the Aag Alive lounge got extremely boring especially the clips in between the actual show…no one really cares about these actors etc. and their interviews, the people watching on TV or online are only interested in the PERFORMANCES not these lame interviews! They were HORRIBLE! Especially the last one with the old man Ali Muhammad Mir who passed very rude comments about Atif Aslam, Annie, and singers in general (he was suppose to be imitating Musharaf apparently)…

Now lets get to the actual performances.

Faisal Rafi speaks on Kaavish, music production and more

November 10, 2009

Maheen Sabeeh

Faisal_Kaavish-JafferWhile Mekaal Hasan takes a step away from production (to concentrate on his music), Faisal Rafi is taking young artists under his wing and as it turns out, is working on a plethora of records at his Silent Studio (rather silently).

Faisal Rafi is no stranger to the music industry and with has jumped into urban pop music production alongside his other classical projects. In the contemporary music scene, the most prominent record that has Faisal Rafi’s stamp includes Kaavish‘s Gunkali, which remains the talk of the town.