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

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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

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.

Interview: Mekaal Hasan shifts gears from producing music to making music

October 26, 2009

“I’m not doing that much production right now.
I’m tired of it. I want to concentrate on my albums.”
– Mekaal Hasan shifts gears from producing music to making music

Maheen Sabeeh

Mekaal Hasan is one of the most sought-after music producers in Pakistan. In between gigs, recording, mixing and mastering countless records, Mekaal Hasan has also been busy for the last few years, working on his own band’s highly-anticipated second record, Saptak. With the release of the their spanking new video ‘Chal Bulleya‘ with a fully-loaded star cast and an equally gripping song, Mekaal Hasan Band are back. If Sampooran was the first step for MHB, Saptak will further increase their success and strength as a band. Instep Today catches up with Mekaal to find out more…

Music for Positive Change

October 24, 2009

Music can ring in the changes for Pakistan. But will its leaders stand up for performing artists? Pakistani columnist Masood Hasan makes the case

Pakistan makes the news almost all the time for almost always the wrong reasons. When the Russians in their infinite wisdom chose to attack a country where countless others had failed on Pakistan’s border, our country has unwillingly been thrust center stage.

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.

Weekly Charts: 11th – 18th October 2009

October 17, 2009