“This was the first Indian tour since the 26/11 attacks. It was a good ice-breaker.” – Faisal Kapadia

December 24, 2009

Strings front man talks to Instep about touring India, the local concert circuit and the high of performing at the recently concluded Twenty20 match between Pakistan and New Zealand…

Maheen Sabeeh

Before Jal‘s tour of India, Strings were touring across the border and have returned home this week. “This was our first Indian tour since the 26/11 attacks. We performed in Delhi twice, once in Jaipur and once at Bangalore,” Faisal Kapadia told Instep in a telephonic conversation.

The long-term consequences, as Faisal Kapadia (Strings front man) had pointed out earlier, stand true. It took eight years for cultural exchange to develop between the two countries. It was because the door to India was finally opening up, enough for a Lollywood diva to debut in Bollywood with Mahesh Bhatt’s Nazar. Atif Aslam‘s career took off and he is flying high since. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and so many others became bigger entities at home and across the border as a result. Since 26/11 attacks, things have been at a standstill but it seems the fog is clearing. Slowly, things may be changing once again.

Interview: Strings – Passing on the torch

December 13, 2009
Strings concert

By Asif Khan

Strings concertStrings fans could be seen in full force last Friday evening at the Royal Rodale Club in Karachi where Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood got off to a bumpy start amidst the muffled voices in the background. They belted out their first track of the evening, Humsafar, from their album Koi Aanay Wala Hai, which is somewhat fast becoming a signature opening number for their performances. The sound system too was good enough to pump energy into the audience.

Sans any glaring glitches or behind the scenes blunders, it was an amazing experience to be at the concert. Although the entry of stags and boys in groups was refrained following the club’s policy, the energy level wasn’t missing.

Weekly Charts: 22nd – 29th November 2009

November 29, 2009

Fahad Ahmed Siddiqui – Aayi tu


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The song is composed and arranged by Adeel Khurram (Strings) who has also stringed the song by his impressive guitaring. Lyrics are by RJ Zain and Sajjid, while it is mixed and mastered at Aqeel Studio.

Aayi Tu on Asian Star 106, UK, Aayi Tu [Unpluged] on FM 105 with Zain, Vinay Sharma  in his latest blog entry mentioned Fahad as the Next big thing in Global Music Click Here to read the post.

Fahad Ahmed Siddiqui’s Website

Bakra Eid Quiz With Noori, Ali Zafar, Strings, OBA, Assad Ahmed & Abbas Ali Khan

November 27, 2009

It’s the second Eid and not as festive as the first. This one is about the spirit of sacrifice and of course family time. With a long weekend, it’s also time to kick back and unwind. Instep asked some celebrities what Bakra Eid means to them by giving them the following options and got an insight into what these men are all about.

a. Slaughtering one goat and distributing the meat amongst the less privileged.

b. Slaughtering a couple of goats, bulls and perhaps even a camel and then buying an extra deep freezer to stock meat for the entire year.

c. Nothing, I am a vegetarian and have just joined PETA (Protection and Ethical Treatment of Animals)

d. It means stocking up on movies and spending a couple of days lounging

e. It is the one day I wait for the entire year because my family still gives me Eidi.

Shehzad Roy and Najam Shiraz win at the Lux Style Awards ’09 leaving veterans Ali Azmat, Strings, Shafqat Amanat Ali and newbies Zeb and Haniya high and dry

November 26, 2009

Rock ’em shock ’em:

Maheen Sabeeh

Deciphering the numbers

The music winners at Lux Style Awards ’09 indeed came as a surprise. Who would’ve thought that Najam Shiraz would walk away with Song of the Year over Ali Azmat, Shehzad Roy, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan and Zeb and Haniya? But he did.

In reality, the toughest competition for Najam‘s ‘Khwabon Key Rishtey’ was neither Ali Azmat nor Strings. As it turns out, it was Shehzad Roy’s ‘Laga Reh’. The reason one can state this as fact, more than just an observation is because of the numbers that each category generated. In other words, thefinal result list (by the Lux Style Awards) given to the press validates these claims. Instep Today takes a closer look at the votes…

LSA_Ali-AzmatBest Music Album

As far as music awards go, this is the most prestigious and coveted trophy. And last year saw some incredibly tough albums go up against each other. Ali Azmat returned with Klashinfolk. Leaving behind the sonic effects that were the driving force behind his solo debut record Social Circus, Ali opted for a raw, fierce rock sound that was neither redundant nor monotonous. Klashinfolk really was the second coming of Ali Azmat.

Instep: Hotstepper of the week “Strings”

November 22, 2009

StringsEven though their album Koi Aanay Wala Hai released in early 2008, Strings have managed to keep themselves in the spotlight since then. Koi Aanay Wala Hai has become one of the best selling records in recent time. Strings produced a number of exceptional videos for it; including roping in John Abraham for the ‘Koi Aanay Wala Hai’ video and shooting the ‘Humsafar’ video in Moscow. They put in a brilliant cameo appearance for the second season of Coke Studio and sparked an intense amount of buzz with plans of a duet with Atif Aslam.

Weekly Charts: 15th – 22nd November 2009

November 22, 2009