Easy style of Zeb and Haniya takes audience by surprise

March 13, 2009

Easy style of Zeb and Haniya takes audience by surprise
Saturday, March 07, 2009
By Ishrat Hyatt

Zeb and Haniya
In keeping with promoting culture whether its own or Pakistan’s, the embassy of Turkey, under the aegis of Ambassador of Turkey and Mrs Engin Soysal, arranged a concert by Pakistani artistes Zeb and Haniya (Zebunnisa Bangash and Haniya Aslam) accompanied by Zishan Mansoor (guitar) and Hassan Ameen Mohyeddin (percussion). Name sound familiar? He is the son of the well-known artiste of many talents, Zia Mohyeddin. The small auditorium of the embassy had a ‘house full’ attendance with avid fans and first time listeners bowled over by the duo’s easy style and audience interaction. The factthat they are Pakistani girls from what is generally believed to be a very conservative area was surprising for the expatriates in the audience and they were quite candid in admitting it!

Lineup of Coke Studio Season 2

March 10, 2009

cokestudio02_1024x7681First season of Coke Studio was based on mainstream artists and featured experienced musicians. This season however features new musicians and some underground too. I think Coke Studio always wanted to bring new musicians but they didn’t want to expirement that at early stage and wanted to make a stronger base for the show first. First season got remarkable fame and so Rohail Hyatt picked up young musicians for the second season  as he wanted. New line up of Coke Studio includes Omran Shafique of Mauj, Zeb and Haniya, Maryam Kizilbash (Mano), Jaffer Zaidi of Kaavish, Asad Ahmed of Karavan and Noori. I believe Coke Studio’s 2nd Season should be 100 percent more fun :). It would be truly fun to have Zeb and Haniya and Maryam Kizilbash in the show and Omran Shafique has always been my favorite. read more

Noori to perform in Coke Studio Season 2!

March 10, 2009

cokestudio02_1024x768Yes it is fully confirmed that noori would be performing at the second season of Coke Studio sessions. It is indeed an honor and also a great opportunity for the band to rethink and restructure the existing noori numbers. The most exciting thing for us, though, is that the brothers would again be reuniting with Gumby for these performances. Other musicians include Asad Ahmed, Omran Shafique, Manoo, Jafar Zaidi and many more extremely talented maestros .

Hats off to Rohail Hayat…

It is going to be one amazing Jam!!!

Yesterday was the Jam

Yesterday evening Ali Noor had a status on Facebook

Ali Noor
is getting ready for his first rehearsal for Coke Studio…excitement!!!

link: nooriworld.net | the official website

Fire Records & Coke Studio reject Aunty Disco Project

February 17, 2009

Fire Records & Coke Studio reject Aunty Disco Project

It’s amazing how the incredible highs of performing live come together with the incredible lows of… well everything else. While we were still riding high on the success of our Peeru’s show, we got hit by some pretty disappointing news. Now we’ve been through a lot of shit in the last 2 years but the following bits of news really hit me hard personally.

Fire Records rejects us for a record deal.

Yeah I know. For the less acquainted among you, Fire Records is pretty much the only so called record label in Pakistan. There used to be a few a couple of years ago but none of them could make their financial models work. Fire Records comes under the Geo network, so they still get support from the other branches of the corporation.

Anyway, they heard our demos, which included “Sultanat”, “Nazar”, “Shehar key Aansoo”, “Likhta Nahin Mein” and a couple of our rough live recordings and their ‘committee’ decided that they weren’t good enough. But I did get a call from one of the record