Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – The man who would be king

September 6, 2009

mainissue_1The torchbearer of a gharana that has been producing music for 600 years, the hope of a nation still in mourning for Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and a brilliant vocalist: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan talks to Instep about keeping Nusrat’s legacy alive, his next album and what the future holds for Pakistani music

Described as an “absolute gem and an amazing guy” by Charkha co-producer Rohail Hyatt and a “maestro” by friends who have seen him perform live, one expects an air of grandeur to surround him.

Harry Potter and the magical tunes of Pakistani pop!

August 5, 2009

Harry Potter and the magical tunes of Pakistani pop!
With the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the story of the ‘boy who lived’ is still ongoing amidst global fanfare.
Instep spoofs Harry Potter with the local pop music industry…

By Maheen Sabeeh and Saba Imtiaz

Atif Aslam as Harry Potter

Harry Potter has uncontrollable hair and a lightening shaped scar – and is the ‘Chosen One’ – who will defeat the Dark Lord and restore order to the magical world.

Kaavish – Gunkali [Album Preview]

July 21, 2009

KaavishInMusic: Kaavish: Full circle, at last

Kaavish are finally ready to release the album that has been in the making for about six years. Once can only imagine the efforts put in by Maaz Maudood and Jaffer Zaidi (also former member Raheel Manzar Paul) for these past years, along with their current producer, Faisal Rafi. As a producer, Rafi was the captain of the ship that is Gunkali, so why did it take so long to reach the harbour of listeners? “The album in essence was redone; the original had been done in Jaffer’s home studio. Anything that is redone usually takes twice the time so that justice can be done to the original compositions.”

United We Stand?

June 21, 2009

Rohail HyattForming a union for musicians is a noble initiative and one which has also been taken in the past [Association of Music Professionals of Pakistan (AMPP) formed in April 2006] albeit without any visible success.

There is again talk of a section of the musician community in Pakistan getting together to form another union — tentatively called the United Musicians of Pakistan (UMP).