Top Pakistani Covers From 2011 (Part 2 of 2)

By Mutee 

As the music industry adapts to the changing mechanics of the world, we see increased artistic output and an even greater reception. Instead of record companies, the artists are turning to sponsors and the trend of cover songs is gaining momentum. Cover songs are a great way to show off your skills and pay tribute to your heroes, but it wasn’t a very common practice until very recently. So in order to keep you more updated on this developing phenomenon here is Koolmuzone’s list of Top Pakistani Covers From 2011.

Shoaib Mansoor To Write Lyrics For Junoon 20th Anniversary Album

August 11, 2011

Legendary film-maker and story teller, Shoaib Mansoor who has also been a successful songwriter and music composer will for the first time write lyrics for Junoon.

Besides being a mentor to Vital Signs and Junaid Jamshed, Shoaib Mansoor has written, composed and produced most of the Vital Signs’ songs. He wrote and composed many of their hit numbers such as Dil Dil Pakistan and Aitebar. He also wrote the lyrics for his debut film “Khuda Kay Liye” and his recently released film “Bol“.

Salman Ahmad, the lead guitarist and founder of Junoon is working on putting together a 20th anniversary box-set (1991-2011), which will feature some of Junoon’s popular old songs as well as some new ones.

SYMT – Aitebar (Vital Signs Cover)

July 26, 2011

SYMT – Aitebar (Download Audio)

Band: SYMT

Song: Aitebar (Vital Signs Cover)

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Cover of Vital Signs song – ‘Aitebar


Haroon ShahidVocals

Farhan AliBass

Hassan OmerGuitars / keyboard / production / backing vocals

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Shafqat Amanat Ali To Sing For Sabiha Sumar’s ‘Rafina’

February 25, 2011

The Pakistani classical singer, Shafqat Amanat Ali has lent his voice for a Pakistani film titled Rafina, and the video of the song was choreographed by Joshinder Chaggar, who has also performed in Zeb & Haniya’s music video ‘Aitebar’ and in Jal’s music video ‘Morey Piya’.

Rafina‘ is director Sabiha Sumar‘s second feature film, after giving Pakistan its first worldwide release in 35 years in the form of Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters).

Zeb and Haniya in the “Herald Annual Issue: Class of 2008”

January 24, 2009

Zeb and Haniya wrote on January 22, 2009 at 9:03am
Cover story: Class of 2008
New Kids on the Block

Everyone will tell you they think Woody Allen is a genius but few of them will have his films in their film collections. Zeb and Haniya, in that sense, remind one of Woody Allen. Indeed, the press attention this duo had received has been nothing short of extraordinary and in an even more unusual occurrence, the most artistic musicians in the country have lent a hand in producing their music.

However, despite the fact that the press is making them out to be a national phenomenon, that isn’t the case, yet. Their music is too layered, too folksy and too bluesy to be understood by eardrums used to simpler fare. But what beautiful music it is: Zeb has a glorious and powerfully-understated voice and Haniya is a fitting accompaniment with her clean guitar-playing skills.Some of the hype surrounding them distracts from the real beauty in their music. As Pakhtun women, the torch of progress is forced upon them but their origins are incidental. What they need to be seen as is the new creative face that has changed Urdu pop. There was a time when people thought Urdu could not lend itself to rock, but then Junoon came along and changed the rules. With Zeb and Haniya, the same has been done: a new canon of folk rock, jazz-influenced numbers and blues in Urdu has been created. That’s a lot for a debut album. F. Z.