Lifetime Achievement Award for Abida Parveen in India

Pakistani Queen of sufi music Abida Parveen was honored with a lifetime achievement award in India by Kaladharmi Begum Akhtar Academy of Ghazal. Upon receiving the award at the ceremony, Parveen said that she was delighted to receive the award and that it was an unforgettable moment of her life. The sufi … 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.

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Coke Studio Season 3 – Featured Artists 1

Abida Parveen Iconic, profound, subliminal — to wax lyrical of Abida Parveen is natural. A legend both at home and abroad for her grace and soulful Sufi strains, Parveen over the years has stayed true to her classical origins, which she mastered under the tutelage of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. … Read more

I sing for India-Pakistan peace: Abida Parveen

Listening to Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen has often been described as a divine experience, but the singer says she often hopes that rulers in India and Pakistan would listen more carefully to her message of peace. “In Sufism, there is only peace,” Parveen said. “I have always believed that … Read more

Back to ‘real’ music

Karachi has had its taste of classical music recently. The beginning of February was marred with music performances in the city. The 2nd All Pakistan Music Conference just ended with giant classic figures from across the country performing for three days at a stretch. Then concerts by both pop and … Read more

Pakistan’s Sufi Queen to Perfom in Mumbai

Pakistan’s Sufi queen Abida Parveen said she will perform a concert in Bombay to boost peace efforts between India and Pakistan. “Music knows no boundaries,” said Parveen, known for her musical renderings of Urdu poets such as Aamir Khusro, Kabeer and Bulesha. “I’m happy I will be performing in this … Read more