Topi Drama ft. Zinnia Bukhari – Saari Raat Jaga (Single Review)

In present times when every singer and band is focusing more and more on socio-political anthems due to the ongoing situation of the country, it’s very hard to come across some real pop/rock number. But recently an upcoming band, hilariously named as “Topi Drama” have come up with an extraordinary cover of Noori’s “Sari Raat Jaaga” and have garnered much praise from all sorts of audiences.

The Evolution of Coke Studio Pakistan

July 2, 2012

By Ahmad Uzair

Coke Studio is one of the biggest musical phenomenon of the past decade and five years on, it is still successfully running and much appreciated by a wide audience all across the globe. It all started in 2008 when Rohail Hyatt of Vital Signs fame came up with his brain child and an idea that instantly clicked. Although the first season was quite a big hit and introduced a new dimension to the local music scene, but many people were still not really aware of this project and it took some time for them to digest it.

Coke Studio Welcomes Kailash Kher and Call the band?

March 18, 2011

The Pakistani phenomenon, Coke Studio welcomes the Pakistani rock band Call and another Indian musician, Kailash Kher who is a household name in India, having successfully fused Indian folk music with pop. We have come to know this from two very reliable sources from inside the studio.

Produced by Rohail Hyatt, the show will feature both the band and the sufi musician as a part of the fourth season of Coke Studio. Kailash Kher will be the second Indian musician to be featured in this highly successful Pakistani TV show after Rabbi Shergill. This proves that artistes, regardless of their nationality, are for the people and by the people, and of the people.

3 Pakistani Songs Featured in British Film ‘West Is West’

October 16, 2010

“West Is West” is a 2010 British comedy drama film, which is a sequel to the 1999 film “East Is East”. Its predecessor East is East won on the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards.

The story of the film has been written by Ayub Khan Din who is the son of a British Pakistani. It is set in a British household of mixed-ethnicity, with a Pakistani father and an English mother in Salford, Greater Manchester, and revolves around George Khan (played by Om Puri), the father is worried that his youngest son is turning his back on his Pakistani heritage, and decides to take him for a vist to Pakistan.

The soundtrack of the film features three Pakistani songs, one performed by the Pakistani playback singer Naheed Akhtar and the other two are from the second season of Coke Studio. See Details Below:

Ali Zafar – “‘Dastaan-e-Ishq’ has close to 85,000 hits on YouTube!”

October 16, 2009

SB_Ali-ZafarYouTube is no longer just a medium where artists can share their content with the rest of the world. It is also a barometer of gauging public opinion. The latest example is Coke Studio. This season, YouTube is overloaded with Coke Studio content (despite an official website) and the two songs that have garnered enormous fame include Ali Zafar‘s ‘Dastaan-e-Ishq‘ and Noori and Saieen Zahoor‘s ‘Aik Alif‘. This is not to say that the rest of the singles were ordinary. Pretty much every tune was spectacular but some were more audibly stunning than others. And the numbers keep rising according to the varied views. When these numbers reached Ali Zafar, he was ecstatic.

Never mind the Taliban – Pakistan’s youth put their faith in rock’n’roll

Country’s internal turmoil is feeding underground music scene and popular guitar school

Declan Walsh in Lahore, Tuesday 1 September 2009 22.29 BST
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Wannabe rock stars have it tough in Pakistan. Last month a new band, Poor Rich Boy (and the toothless winos), took to the stage of a cramped Islamabad cafe for their breakthrough gig. On the first night, one person turned up.

“It was the night of the world cricket finals. Bad timing,” said the group’s guitarist, Zain Ahsan, ruefully. The second gig was better – 30 people came along – but brought its own dark worries.

“I asked the owner, ‘What if a bomb goes off?'” said Ahsan. “She said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be with you.'”

Even in a summer of Taliban violence young Pakistanis are rocking on. An underground music scene is quietly thriving in the country’s major cities, nourished by the internet and the passion of mostly amateur bands.

In Lahore a pair of unemployed rockers have tapped into that enthusiasm with a new school for rock’n’roll.

“We weren’t getting a lot of gigs, an

Inconcert: Funk the dumb stuff

Flying FunkBy the day of the event many variations of the I don’t give a flying funk concert were coined — what the funk, funk it, funk the night. Ignoring the fact that the moniker was a bit of a misnomer, the musicians in the backing band showed that they had the funk in them. In fact, ‘backing band’ doesn’t do justice to the likes of Louis J. Pinto aka Gumby and Omran Shafique. For some of the tracks, the vocalists were almost unnecessary; the audience response was a testament to that.