The family connection

The family connection

Pakistan’s music scene reflects many close-knit connections of friends and family, but being related does not always mean mainstream success. Rock band Noori, founded by brothers Ali Noor and Ali Hamza, has bassist Muhammad Ali Jafri whose brother is Hamza Jafri — the frontman of Co-Ven. Roxen, which until recently … Read more

Expect a lot from Coke Studio Season 3

A super intense season of Coke Studio is set to air this summer with as many music legends as pop and rock stars. Well guys, the time has finally come to start raving about the upcoming Season Three of Coke Studio (CS).

The set has been altered so artists can feed off of each others vibes to present “something that comes straight from the heart and goes to the heart.” By simply bringing aboard a wide array of artists, CS’s music will attempt to bridge gaps created by culture, age or ethnicity.

The Sufi feel is retained with Arieb Azhar reprising his poignant vocals to some great music. Last season turned Saeein Zahoor into a household name, you will similarly see Fakir Juman Shah showing us that music is in every corner of our country if you search for it.

Qawwali is more prominent this season as we hear the wails of Rizwan and Muazzam who sound terrific, even in the absence of music. Zeb and Haniya, who immortalized their song ‘Paimona’ are back too.

Coke Studio Season 3 – Featured Artists 2

Fakir Juman Shah Led by Fakir Juman Shah, the Shah Jo Raag Fakirs are continuing the over 250-year-old tradition of singing at Bhit Shah, the fakirs’ voices piercing the air at the shrine every single night. Each fakir, in fact, performs a different day of the week from sundown to … Read more

Musical Extravaganza Coke Studio Season 2

Coke Studio embodies a musical fusion of exciting elements and diverse influences, ranging from traditional eastern, modern western and regionally inspired music. Bringing alive the magic of live recordings and performances, Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instills a … Read more

Rock Bands Rock the Capital

Islamabad got a good healthy dose of rock as Entity Paradigm, Jal, Call and many other bands performed on 13th march 2004 at the opening of the Open Air Theater in the scenic “Shakarpariyan”. The event was organized by Dream Weaver Productions (known for the highly acclaimed murder mystery musical … Read more

Manganhaar singers enthral audience with mystic poetry

Folk musicians and singers from Thar’s Manganhaar community enthralled audiences with their traditional performance at the Manganhaar Music Festival here on Tuesday and impressed upon them that folk music and mystic poetry impact people and communities from within their soul. The festival was kicked off with a performance by Chanesar … Read more

Interview of Mani (Indus Vision)

Name: Salman Saquib a.k.a Mani Date of Birth: 23/03/1978 Place of Birth: Karachi. Education: B.Com from Govt. Commerce College, Karachi. Hobbies: Personalities usually watch TV programs. I watch sports in my spare time and I also play along with the showbiz team. Other Occupations: Well this is my bread and … Read more

Pakistani artistes making money worldwide

Pop music is rapidly taking over the Pakistani music scene, despite the moral brigade and diktats of the clergy. “Pop, along with soft rock, is growing in popularity. It has developed in a very short span of time and shows more promise than even Indian pop music,” claims Saadia, 19, … Read more

The music industry — a lonesome rider against foreign competition

It appears as if the floodgates have been opened for foreign entertainment and news channels. The last couple of years have seen an invasion by cable channels, which can be seen wherever you go, from restaurants and homes to shops. This is all part of the phenomenon called ‘globalisation’. Pakistani … Read more