Farhad Humayun: Meesha Shafi is no longer part of Overload

Overload’s frontman Farhad Humayun says his band has no place for Meesha Shafi or Mehmood Rahman, reports ETribune.

Overload is a rock/fusion band originating from Lahore, Pakistan, formed in 2004. The band are directed by founder and drummer Farhad Humayun. The band is regarded as the “Loudest band in Pakistan”.

Overload released its second album, ‘Pichal Pairee‘ in 2009 with Meesha Shafi as the lead vocalist. Now that the lead vocalist is pregnant at the peak of her career, there is really just one way forward for any band.

Farhad Humayun, the founder of Overload revealed that Meesha Shafi and Mehmood Rahman are no longer a part of the band. In fact, their new single, ‘Read More

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 Albums

December 29, 2009


Sadaf Fayyaz

1. Aasmaan (Hadiqa Kiani)

After almost six years, Hadiqa returns to the spotlight with Aasmaan. The album comprises songs in Pashtu, Punjabi, Persian and Urdu. Her multilingual singing is merged with her pop style and music genre. Some of the grooviest numbers from the album are “Sohniya”, ”Janan”, “Tuk Tuk” and “Az Chashme Saqi”.

2. Umeed-e-Sahar (Laal)

With striking poetry of Faiz, Faraz and Jalib, Laal has really done an awe-inspiring job this time. The music sounds a bit revolutionary kind besides being melodic. With “Umeed -e-Sahar” being the title song of the album, some other heart touching tracks are “Jagoo”, “Sadaa”, “Kal Aaj Aur Kal” and “Mene Us se Yeh Kahaa”.

3. Pichal Pairee (Overload)

Meera Rahman’s transition from a model to a vocalist reflects in the second album of Overload. The instrumental and psychedelic genre of music makes it a mesmerizing sensation. The album comprises tracks like “Dig”, “Saat Mein”, ”Vichar Gai”, ‘Pichal Pairee”, “Amjad Khan”, “One Mile High”, “Kaykra”, “Mela Kariye”, and “Dhol Bajay Ga”. Pichal Pairee is and inimitable and experimental piece of work by Overload radiantly produced by Farhad and mastered by Shahi Hasan. read more

Instep: Hotstepper of the week “Meesha Shafi”

November 29, 2009

Meesha ShafiThe sizzling and edgy Meesha Shafi is someone who can scorch up any fashion editorial. Her statuesque form, chiselled looks and commanding personality add that rare oomph and profound aura onto any medium she sets foot on. As a model she has graced many a ramp and lent her striking presence to numerous shoots. At social events she stands out by her eclectic sense of style, teaming the most diverse of hues, such as a sunshine yellow jacket with a grey top and jeans, to lend an imitable style that only she can pull off.

Interview: Meera Shafi Speaks on Joining Overload, Working With Her Husband & Her Career in Fashion

November 18, 2009

Maheen Sabeeh

Instep Today: You have a degree from NCA. You’re a fashion model and now you’ve debuted as a singer with Overload. How has the progression been?

MeeshaMeera Shafi: The progression has been very natural. All of the arts have always been of great interest to me. I started modeling before college and singing professionally towards the end of my time at NCA. However, I have been singing and painting since I was a child. I was raised by a family that is deeply rooted in literature, the performing arts and fine arts. I have been fortunate to have been encouraged and supported from a very early age to realize my talents and ambitions. The environment at home and the exposure I got from growing up around extremely cultured, talented and very progressive individuals has got me where I am today.

Overload to Release CDs of Limited Edition Album on Eid

November 12, 2009

Overload – the loudest band of Pakistan has been kind enough to give away the music for free to it’s fans. The latest record by the band, Pichal Pairee was officially released online at overloadbeats.com. The album has been downloaded over 20,000 times from it’s website only. The band hasn’t only been giving the music for free but is also providing free passes to the concerts and live performances. However, a limited Edition album will be released for sale this Eid with some new and bonus tracks on it. The band has cared for it’s fans as much as it could and has been strong enough when it came to giving away the rights to record label. This is the right time to return the favor to the band. All those who support overload (and can afford), should buy the limited edition albums. read more

Is the Internet the future of music in Pakistan?

November 8, 2009

As Overload and Mekaal Hasan Band release their records without the backing of a record label and pull it off without a glitch, Instep takes a look at the burgeoning music scene, record label battles and how the Internet just might be the way out

By Maheen Sabeeh

Throwing out the blame

OverloadInternet. The inescapable term that has become an intrinsic part of our lives. We tweet through our phones; share pictures and at times send pointed (albeit indirect) messages to people on Facebook… and that is just one small example. According to the CIA Fact Book, Pakistan had an estimated 17.5 million internet users in the year 2009. So if music sales are going down at stores, which they very much are, we can guess that fans are downloading and sharing albums online instead.

Pichal Pairee The reinvention of Overload

November 1, 2009

The band is back and it’s louder than ever before.


“I can guarantee that whoever comes to our concerts will leave dancing,” said Overload drummer and band leader, Farhad Humayun once. One doesn’t find that hard to believe. Even when the Lahore-based band is performing in a city like Karachi where audiences in comparison tend to be a tad more inhibited, one has seen people get up and shake their backsides to Overload’s performances.