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:

10 Tips For Pakistani Musicians

February 8, 2011

by Hasan Faridi

1. Promotion

In the music industry, if no one knows about you, you cease to exist. So promoting your music is essential for you to be heard.

Promoting through the Internet is the best method in Pakistan (See number 2)

If you’re lucky enough to land time on television, you can expect to be worthy of success. Coke Studio has showcased a variety of acts, which have gained countless downloads. Arif Lohar and Meesha have gained over 3 million Youtube hits. AAG TV is also a popular channel putting a variety of Pakistani acts in the limelight.

The Kominas – Escape To Blackout Beach (Album Review)

June 23, 2010
The Kominas - Escape To Blackout Beach

By Hasan Faridi

The Kominas - Escape To Blackout BeachWe’ve all heard the sarcastic but notorious name of The Kominas. Hailing from Boston, MA, the famed Islamic punk rockers are back with the 7-track Escape To Blackout Beach.

The Kominas means ‘the scoundrels’ and compromises of Basim Usmani, Imran Malik and Shahjehan Khan. The band is considered to be one of the first to use the genre of Taqwacore music. To the dismay of the religious Mullah’s, Taqwacore is the genre of punk music mixed in with the culture, traditions and beliefs of Islam.

The Kominas play on US expectations and media perceptions of Muslims and Asians alike. Songs such as “Sharia Law in the USA” and “Suicide Bomb The Gap” sarcastically give a message out towards the reader and what they expect to hear from Muslims. The Kominas unlike many religious bands, don’t preach. They blend Islam and music together for the good and enjoyment of others, through comical lyrics and infectious tones.

Danial Hyatt Continues What Rohail Hyatt Started

We all know about the legend Rohail Hyatt for the services he has provided to the music industry of Pakistan since the times of Vital Signs. The Vital Signs which gave us one of the best patriotic songs of the world, Dil Dil Pakistan (ranked 3rd in BBC Top ten list) and Rohail Hyatt which gave us Coke Studio, another reason to be proud of Pakistan. The son, Danial Hyatt continues what Rohail had started. We had seen Danial Hyatt doing the animations and visuals for Coke Studio but this is the first time the music by Danial is coming out and that too for Pakistan. Slackistan is a film by Hammad Khan & Shandana Ayub to  revive the image of Pakistan. The film will be featuring tracks by Mole, Kominas, Adil Omar and Uzair Jaswal. OST of the movie is going to be “Pink Moving Objects” by Mole, a band by Danial Hyatt, Faizan Riedinger, Amman Mushtaq and Habib. The track is amazing and goes to one of my all time favorite tracks. I am trying to get the track for you folks really soon. read more

Welcome to Slackistan: Pakistan’s first ever slacker movie [The Guardian]

October 25, 2009

By Riazat Butt

A few hundred miles from Pakistan’s Badlands, Islamabad is the setting for Hammad Khan’s new low-budget indie flick. So why does it feel like smalltown America?

Visitors to Islamabad, the small but perfectly formed capital of Pakistan, could be forgiven for thinking that the only things to rock the place were terrorist attacks. But they would be wrong. The city, population approximately 600,000, forms the backdrop for the country’s first slacker movie. Titled Slackistan, the low-budget independent film from first-time British director Hammad Khan features the Pakistani young and privileged as they drift around in a rarefied world of cars, dating, drinking and parties. Worrying only about what to wear and where to go, this group of fashionably-dressed kids could be in Orange County or New York’s Upper East Side.

Khan, who