Music in the Naughties: A turbulant soundtrack

January 10, 2010

By Madeeha Syed

With 2010 slated to be a comeback year for the music industry – provided everything goes as planned – here is a concise look at Pakistani pop music this past decade

From 2000 to 2001: Slow beginnings

Pakistani rock phenomenon Junoon was at the peak of its glory and had just released an album titled Millenium Edition, a compilation album which contained 12 previously released popular Junoon songs. The album also contained a live version of Allah Hu and Laal Meri Patt as well as a song titled Azadi – a somewhat haunting number – which they did for the soundtrack of Jamil Dehlavi’s film, Jinnah. The year 2000 also marked Junoon’s decade as a band in the industry. Pakistani pop band Strings got together after a hiatus of eight years and released Duur (which was later re-released in early 2002). The first single from the album Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar was a massive hit which was later followed by the hugely popular title track Duur. Although the reformed band was two members less and now consisted only of Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia, Duur marked a very strong and popularly-received comeback of the band.

Koolmuzone Music Blockbusters of 2009: Top 5 Videos

December 29, 2009


Sadaf Fayyaz

1. Chal Bulleya (Mekaal Hasan Band)

The title song of Album Saptak, the theme comprises of seven cardinal sins. Directed by Bilal Lashari, and wardrobe by Ammar Bilal, the theme goes parallel with the beautiful poetry of Bulleh Shah. The seven cardinal sins concept is depicted well, with an exotically novel idea. Apart from conventional love stories message, the video is riveting.

2. Tanha Hai Kyun (Ali Azmat; Klashanfolk)

Zeeshan Perwez comes up with a brilliant attempt for the second video from the album. With rocking video and haunting vocals, it gets the second rank.

3. Az Chashm Saqi (Hadiqa Kiani: Aasmaan)

With beautiful and mesmerizing Persian poetry of Allama Iqbal, with clips of Iqbal’s life at different places, Hadiqa’s outrageous wardrobe and styling add a graceful glitziness to the video. Produced by Mian Salahuddin, the English translation and B & W theme add more poise to the revolutionary poetry, penned by Iqbal. read more

Mekaal Hasan Band return to the foray with the all-star cast video of ‘Chal Bulleya’

October 21, 2009

Daniyal Laghari

Chal_Band2They may have been streamed live into households via Pepsi’s Battle of the Bands, but the Mekaal Hasan Band has become a household name in its own right. Five years later MHB is releasing its second album Saptak, and has a fabulous new video out that’s the talk of the town.

Their new video, ‘Chal Bulleya‘, shot and directed by the talented Bilal Lashari, has a solid song to its credit. ‘Chal Bulleya’ is a classic Mekaal Hasan song with the traditional classic vocals by Javed Bashir, insane guitar riffs, and the magical flute by Ahsan Pappu.

Mekaal Hasan Band – Saptak (Album Preview)

October 11, 2009

Saptak album cover

From Sampooran (a set of five notes) to Saptak (a set of seven notes), we preview Mekaal Hasan Band’s latest album.

I’ll confess: the Mekaal Hasan Band (MHB) for me (and for quite a few people) has been an acquired taste; mostly brought upon by attending some of its live performances. The first album, Sampooran, featured artistes that are the best in their field, but has often been described as too ‘hard to digest’. It definitely wasn’t listener-friendly, and the worst critique that one can give it is that the sheer perfection sought in the technique employed in the musical and vocal arrangements had robbed it of its soul. Getting off to a slow start, the album picked up a couple of years later, once the style of music (an attempt at a type of eastern jazz, if you may) managed to penetrate the minds of local audiences. Sampooran is now one of the stronger music albums to come out from the local pop arena.

Bilal Lashari – Hotstepper of the week

October 11, 2009

Bilal LashariThe most noticeable music video of this year (yet) has been directed (once again) by none other than Bilal Lashari and it’s for the Mekaal Hasan Band. ‘Chal Bulleya‘ is a narrative depiction of the seven deadly sins and Lashari has boxed a celebrity in almost each vice. With an opening shot of the band –Mekaal Hasan with newly straightened, almost bonded hair – the story moves on to a hotel floor where a uniformed Juggan Kazim is wheeling room service from door to door.