ADP Blog Entry – The Blog Returns

August 4, 2009

You know, sometimes when there is so much happening, you really don’t know what to blog about first. In the end, you end up blogging about nothing. So here I am, all apologies, getting back to blogging. A lot has happened in the past month, but there is some extremely exciting stuff coming up for ADP. Things are finally looking up for us after a pretty dry run. So here goes.

1) Omar Khalid got married

Music Article: Best Left Unsung – By NFP

August 2, 2009

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by Nadeem F. Paracha

Modern Pakistani pop culture is a cultural extension of the upper echelons of urban middle-class Pakistan. This remains in spite of the fact that acts such as Sajjad Ali, Nazia and Zoheb, Abrar-ul-Haq, Atif Aslam, and to a certain extent, Junoon and the Vital Signs have often managed to resonate some aesthetic and social relevance within the more populist sections of popular culture in Pakistan.

Mekaal Hasan – Fusing the Punjab to Rock and Jazz [Rolling Stone Article]

July 19, 2009

MekaalMekaal Hasan stands tall in the tight knit Pakistani rock scene which is eagerly awaiting Saptak, his band’s second album. EMI will release the album in India soon, so fans across the subcontinent will get a chance to judge how far the Mekaal Hasan Band has grown since its first album, Sampooran.

Hasan, who headlines his band, infuses Punjabi themes with Western Jazz influences. The band’s composition practically makes it a requirement. The lead singer is Javed Bashir, supported by the flutist Papu and by Hasan on guitar. Bashir and Papu come from a traditional folk and classical background, while Hasan brings Western jazz sensibilities – he was trained at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Pakistani musicians on Michael

July 3, 2009

The King of Pop’s impact on our local music industry is undeniable – from dance moves to disco beats. Here, some of the top names in Pakistani pop revisit their relationship with Michael Jackson, the man and the music. (Interviews by Madeeha Syed. Photography by Rizwan-ul-Haq, Kohi Marri and Fayyaz Ahmed)

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Salman Ahmed (Junoon)

My first Zen moment with Michael Jackson happened when he released ‘Beat It’. It included a searing double-tapping guitar solo from my 1980s heavy metal guitar hero Eddie Van Halen.

KM wishes Team Pakistan

June 21, 2009

4798_95045451726_536941726_2486611_6434310_nTen years back, 20th, june 1999, Pakistan Played the World Cup Final against Australia. This would be a surprise for Paki Followers that now after ten years team Pakistan is again going to play their T20 final against Sri Lanka in the same Country, Same City, Same Ground. Lets hope for the best. 🙂

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Inmusic: The magic of Pakistani music and politics

April 12, 2009

Inmusic: The magic of music and politics

Sunday, 12 Apr, 2009 | 05:54 AM PST |

by Khaver Siddiqi

Music and politics make nitroglycerine cocktail. It is nothing short of explosive, spreading like wildfire and fueled by the controversy it carries.

Whether it was the rhyme and satire of the bard or the pop song that rallied a returning politician, the combination of music and politics always brings out the best and worst in the masses.