Junoon 20th Anniversary Album Volume 1 Released on iTunes

October 4, 2011

This year’s most anticipated album ‘Junoon-20 (Volume 1)‘ is finally here. The Sufi rock album which consists of 20 tracks, features talented artists like Aag, Alison Sudol, Bilal Khan, Fifi Haroon, Laal, Nusrat Hussain, Outlandish, Peter Gabriel, Rohail Hyatt, Shahjehan of The Kominas, Shubha Mudgal, Usman Riaz and Vital Signs, has now been released on iTunes.

The album costs $9.99 and the proceeds that will be raised from it will be donated to help support the efforts of Salman and Samina’s Charity for Education.

The volume 2 will be out soon!

Below is the album tracklist:

Junoon-20 Will Also Feature Vital Signs, Rohail Hyatt, Nusrat Hussain & More

October 3, 2011

As you probably already know Salman Ahmad & Brian O’ Connell united for the 20th anniversary of Junoon to release two new special edition albums. This ought to be a treat for Junoon fans as you’re going to get your hands on 40 Junoon songs divided into two volumes.

Salman has already released five of the tracks from volume 1 on YouTube, featuring some of the young talented artists, including Mitti by Aag, Dil Main Meray by Bilal Khan, Neend Aati Nahin by Laal, No More by Outlandish and Saeen by Usman Riaz.

Ghoom Tana Mash-up of Shubha Mudgal & Noori Will Be On Junoon-20th Anniversary Album

September 21, 2011

Junoon-20th Anniversary Album to feature a mash-up of “Ghoom Tana“, which is undoubtedly one of the best Junoon songs ever produced. As most of you may already know that there are two versions of the same song. It was originally sung jointly by Ali Noor (Noori) with Ali Azmat and Salman Ahmad and was included in Junoon’s seventh studio album “Dewaar”. The other version off Salman Ahmad’s 2005 debut solo album, “Infiniti” featured Indian singer Shubha Mudgal.

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.

Brian O’ Connell To Perform With Salman Ahmad To Celebrate Junoon’s 20th Anniversary

August 10, 2011

As some of you who have seen, lived and breathed the Junooni roller-coaster ride, might be aware that Junoon‘s 20 year journey began with the release of their self titled first album on September 30, 1991.

To celebrate this long journey, Salman Ahmad will be reuniting with his high school friend and Junoon’s ex bassist and producer Brian O’ Connell. Brian will be performing with Salman on the 20th anniversary celebration concert at the Asia society on September 24th in New York.

Salman is also working on putting together a 20th anniversary box-set (1991-2011), which will chronicle the entire history of Junoon. The box-set will feature the best Junoon tracks

Salman Ahmad – Rock & Roll Jihad (KM Album Review)

June 7, 2010

By Hasan Faridi

Salman Ahmad - Rock and Roll JihadBehind the violence and daily struggles that undergo throughout Pakistan, one of the most popular Pakistani rock musician, Salman Ahmad, is now in the spotlight with a brand new album, Rock & Roll Jihad.

Each day of Salman Ahmad’ life has been a chapter in a new book. Being raised in a British school in Lahore and graduating, he later joined the musical group Vital Signs of patriotic “Dil Dil Pakistan” fame. After leaving due to musical differences, Salman formed Junoon, also known at the time as the “Beatles of South Asia”. Junoon were the biggest and most long-lasting band in South Asia.

Salman is an activist, a UN Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and has helped relations between Pakistan and India.

In Conversation with Farhan Khan (Interview)

by

Sadaf Fayyaz


Education and Background:

Currently studying at Bahria University Islamabad, doing Business Management, last year of graduation.

Inspiration:

Outlandish, Nas, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Big Pun, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Junoon. Acting: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci & Edward Norton

How I got interested in music:

Well I’d been writing poems and was good at writing essays and stuff so it inspired me for writing songs and that’s how I got into songwriting. Later, I started rapping my written verses and then I figured I could sing too after I started doing some home-recordings and stuff. Then I got to meet Asad Kamal one day, I was 15 at that time and I recorded my debut single “Kar De” at his Studio 051. That’s just about it

Salman Ahmad to perform at the UN General Assembly

September 5, 2009

SB_SalmanIt’s a great cause, a charitable one… a charity concert for the 3 million internally displaced people (IDP) of Pakistan in the aftermath of the Swat crisis. Set to be held at the UN General Assembly on September 12, 2009 in New York City, the event is aimed primarily to raise funds for the IDPS.

And when it comes to charitable causes or voicing an opinion, Salman Ahmed never shies away.

Outlandish – Sound of A Rebel (Rolling Stone Album Review)

August 30, 2009

outlandishRolling Stone Rating :

Rebelling with a new beat

Four years after wowing the Indian audiences with their rendition of Khaled’s ‘Aicha,’ Outlandish is back with an album that is definitely worth the wait. This two CD set comes with 12 new songs and 7 songs remixes of songs from their old albums – including a remix of ‘Aicha,’ and original recordings of ‘Walou’ and ‘Guantanamo’ from Bread and Barrels of Water – and features a whole slew of artists that listeners should be on the lookout for in a few years to come.