PAKISTANI

Abrar-ul-Haq


Abrar has kept the year of his birth a secret, so as to not reveal his age. Recently, in an interview, Abrar claimed he was born in 1968 at Narowal.[citation needed] He has often claimed that 'he was still young and not that old' and 'was born in the 60s'. He got his initial education from Gujrat and Rawalpindi. Took his Bachelor's degree from Sir Syed College (Rawalpindi) and acquired Master's degree in social sciences from Quaid-i-Azam University, (Islamabad).

He joined Aitchison College’s permanent faculty in 1996. He had to quit teaching to pursue his career in pop music; although he considers the day he joined Aitchison College the proudest day of his life but being the pop singer is also the proudest thing he has ever done.

He primarily sings in Punjabi which is the main language of bhangra genre, language of most populated province of Pakistan and Abrar's native language. He sings in Urdu too. His popular single "Sanu Tere Nal" is in English and Punjabi.

Abrar's first single "Billo De Ghar" was an instant hit along with his album. That song is still remembered today even though it was one of his oldest songs. According to his website more than 16 million copies of his debut album have been sold.

Abrar states " I was very secure in my formative years because of the tremendous love and support my parents gave me. I always idolized my father but my mother was my main anchor in my life. Her tremendous encouragement and faith in me was the driving force behind everything I did. I could talk every thing with her and therefore it was with great pride that I went and presented her my appointment letter. She held me close and said "I knew that you will get this job, I prayed for you"".

About singing he is quotes "I was always fond of singing. While studying in Islamabad I organized fund raising concerts. I still remember trying to sell the tickets of my functions. I use to tell the people that there is an excellent singer who will perform at this concert. I am sure that they use to be surprised at seeing me on the stage. However, It never bothered me, as the money I collected from these concerts would go to help the needy students. When I joined as teacher in Aitcheson, I could not get over my love for singing and it was here that I composed my song "Billo Day Ghar". My popularity as a singer grew, but I always looked for approval from my mother. No success was complete till my mother approved. I was really my mother's boy."+

Abrar-ul-Haq has immensely come to age as a popular pop bhangra singer. His every album has brought about massive hits that topped the charts. From "Billo Day Ghar" to "Majajni", "Bay Ja Cycle Tay" to "Punjabi Touch", every thing was on people's lips.

Recently, Abrar Ul Haq was asked to play a lead role in a Punjabi movie along with Gurdas Maan. Gurdas had been asking Abrar for a long time but Abrar refused because of personal issues.

He belongs to Jat clan of Kahloon based in District Narowal. His elder brother Maj (R) Israr ul Haq Kahloon is an active politician in Narowal District.

His first cousin Jawad Kahloon is also a singer, Jawad revealed that in a TV interview but he never used Abrar's popularity as a support for his music career. Jawad's debut song was 'Udeekan' featuring Shahzaman, which was a hit, he reportely has released an album named 'Lyallpur Kare Aashiqi'.

Asad Ahmed 


Asad Ahmed is a Pakistani guitarist. His first stint was forming The Barbarians. He has been a member of the famous pop trio Awaz, has played with Junoon, Vital Signs and is currently a founding member of the rock band Karavan.
His family moved to Dubai when he was quite young. His elder brother was a guitarist and when he left for college, he left his guitar back at home. Asad picked it up and was drawn into its whim. His family returned to Karachi in 1984.
Asad started his music career in 1987 with The Barbarians,[1] which is regarded by many as Pakistan's first rock band.[2] The band's first single "Yeh Zindagi Hai" (This is Life) set the foundation of Pakistani rock. They got their first big break when The Barbarians participated in "Rock vs. Rock" show at the Taj Mahal (Agrah, India) and won a prize of 20,000 Rupees. They released their only album, the self-titled "The Barbarians" in 1989, which didn't fare well in the then rock-repellant Pakistani music industry. The Barbarians fell apart in 1990.
Asad did a gig with Salman Ahmad of Junoon at a party in 1991. On Salman's invitation, he hopped on board with Junoon and played bass with them for about a year. In a performance at Marriott Islamabad in November 1992, he met Haroon and Faakhir of Awaz and Rohail Hyatt of Vital Signs. This led to his performances on Vital Signs' Aitebar and Hum Tum .
Awaz was formed in December 1992, by Haroon, Faakhir and Asad. The band went on to become the next best thing in Pakistani pop scene after Vital Signs. Awaz were highly skilled and talented musicians, producers and composers. The band's skill at composing and producing was often overlooked and the focus was on their good looks, glossy videos, catch songs and wild stage performances. Awaz was the first band from Pakistan to appear on MTV on April 20, 1992 with the song Janeman. Awaz released three albums. The first album was the self titled album "Awaz", more commonly known as "Awaz 1". The second album was "Jadu Ka Chiraagh" and the third and last album was "Shola". After "Shola", the band fell apart due to the differences among the three and they went their ways. Haroon and Faakhir started their solo careers.
In 1997, foreseeing a disintegrating Awaz, Asad established his own studio. Simultaneously, he joined hands with Sameer Ahmed to form Karavan, thus returning to his rock origins. They brought the already established solo singer Najam Sheraz as the first vocalist and Alan Smith as drummer to complete the lineup. In 1999, Najam Shiraz returned to his solo career, vacating the vocalist's slot for newcomer Tanseer Daar. Karavan released "Rakh Aas" in 1997, "Safar" in 1999 and "Gardish" in 2002. In 2005, The band issued an internet only Unplugged album which had over 100,000 downloads. Karavan are currently putting the finishing touches on "Saara Jahan" to be released in 2010.Over the years, Asad has done extensive session work contributing his guitar work and compositions to albums by Vital Signs, Ali Haider, Najam Sheraz, Haroon,

Sajjad Ali and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to name a few. These days plays guitar regularly Coke Studio. 

  
Alamgir 


Alamgir is a Pakistani pop singer of the 1970s, who is in fact one of the pioneers of the Urdu pop music in Pakistan[citation needed]. His style of singing is inspired by legendary playback singer Ahmed Rushdi.
Alamgir was born in 1954, in what is now Bangladesh and is of Bangladeshi descent. His father Farmuzal Haq was a politician, and part of the "All India Muslim League"; a political party in British India that developed into the driving force behind the creation of Pakistan as a Muslim state on the Indian subcontinent. He studied in Mirzapur Cadet College, Tangail, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). He briefly studied in B A F Shaheen College, Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). At the age of around 15, he moved to Karachi in search of a future in the music industry. He had brought nothing else with him but a guitar and a passion to sing.
He settled in the PECHS area of Karachi and started singing in the evenings at a small cafe called “Cafe D Khan” on Tariq Road. He would not get paid for his gig, but did get a free meal each day. The cafe was famous for its intellectual gatherings and that is where he was spotted. His remuneration was a free meal at the hotel.Someone from the audience in the hotel liked his Guitar playing and told him about the programme at the TV station called Ferozan where Khushbakht Aliya was conducting a show for the youth. He gave his audition, Khushbakht liked his Guitar playing but she had already selected someone else. It just so happened that Sohail Rana, the music director was in the next studio and asked someone to call Alamgir to his car outside the TV station. He said, he liked his (Alamgir's) playing and asked if he would like to perform for children. This is how he entered in the formal world of Music.
He started singing on the Pakistani Television at the beginning of the 1970s when the people in Pakistan were not familiar with the modern Urdu music and when western music was generally considered as modern music in Pakistan. Shair Siddiqui's songs for the first pop musical program ‘SUNDAY KE SUNDAY’ series of Karachi Television in 1973/74 and introduced Alamgir with the song ‘ALBELA RAHI’. Albela Rahi, was an Urdu translation of a foreign language song. It proved a hit in 1973 among the youth of the 70’s. There was a time during the 70’s when the music loving boys and girls gathered regularly on the streets near the Karachi Jheel Park to get a glimpse of this pop singer as he used to travel along in his red sedan in evening. Alamgir’s second pop song Pyar hai zindagi ka gehna was also an Urdu translation of a foreign song. He soon became popular among the younger generation in the country. Alamgir is also known for his many renditions of Bengali music. The most notable Bengali song he is known to sing is Aamay Bhashaili Rey.
Alamgir made a dash on the Pakistani music scene. He sang for the Pakistani television in the very beginning of his career but later as the time passed he started singing for the Pakistani music industry. He also performs abroad. Alamgir has polycystic kidney disease, undergoes dialysis three times per week and requires a kidney transplant. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is respected by the music lovers everywhere and still performs in live concerts in America.




Annie

 Noor–ul–Ain popularly known as Annie,is a Pakistani pop singer. Annie was born on 27 March 1987 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Annie was born Noor-ul-Ain, in Lahore, Pakistan. Her parents moved to England when she was six months old. She grew up in East London and later moved to Essex with her parents. She went to Plashet girls school. She was a part of the east London Dance Company and often used to enroll into dance workshops during her half term vacations.
In late 2005 Annie sitting bored in her house, started humming a melody. She took that melody to a friend who introduced her to a music arranger. Together they came up with a very simple, yet catchy song which Annie decided to call Mahiyaa. With Annie's simple rendition and style of singing, along with catchy lyrics, she was encouraged by family and friends to take it a step further. A record company got in touch and preparation for a video was made.
After shooting a mediocre video, with the help of her dad, she released it in Pakistan, having no idea what was in store for her.The song became an instant hit, being ripped from the video and being sold privately, it became the most accessed Pakistani pop song on the internet for both 2005 and 2006.
She won the Most Wanted Song, Most Wanted Female 2006 and also ˜The Most Wanted Female 2008 at TMA (The Music Awards) by viewers choice and many more awards as her career progressed. Within the next year Bollywood Cinema moguls Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt expressed their desire for Annie's Mahiya, for their upcoming movie Awarapan. She flew to India to record the song and video, before the movie release and consequently gained more fame and fan following from her neighbouring country than ever before.
After the success of Mahiya, Annie started working with various charities, raising awareness for education and health. Also within this short span of time, Annie became a household name and endorsed high profile brands, becoming the most popular female artist and the most Influential Teen in Pakistan to date.
Annie was asked to be show stopper at the 2010 L'Oreal Karachi fashion week, for BNS couture Annie's girl-next-door image landed her a deal with beverage giants Pepsi. She was signed in 2007, to be the face of Pepsi Pakistan. Pepsi then teamed up with Annie along with Pakistani singing legend Adnan Sami Khan for the next advert.
In late 2008 Norwegian Telecommunication company Telenor signed Annie as their new brand ambassador. Telenors light hearted concepts paired up with Annie's skillful acting projected both Artist and brand to new heights. Fans appreciated the new look and enjoyed the funny commercials, changing Annie's tag name from The Mahiya girl to The talkshawk girl
Annie Khalid, who has already made it big in the Pakistani music scene, is now launching her pop career in the UK with the single “Be My Baby” mixed by DJ Judge Jules, and a music video directed and produced by Bradley.tv.



Atif Aslam

 Atif Aslam born Mohammad Atif Aslam; 12 March 1983 in Wazirabad, Gujranwala, Pakistan) is a Pakistani pop singer. He is widely recognized in South Asia and has given several hit songs such as Aadat, Woh Lamhe, Tere Bin, Kuch Is Tarah, Pehli Nazar Mein, Tera Hone Laga Hoon, Tu Jaane Na, Tere Liye, Meri Kahani and Jalpari. He is best known for his powerful vocal belting technique. In 2008, he was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.
Atif Aslam was born in 1983 in Wazirabad, Gujranwala, Pakistan.
He studied at PAF College, Lahore where he completed his F.Sc (Pre-engineering) with the class of 2001. He used to be the main attack bowler of his college cricket team and represented his college in various other cities and ultimately got selected in under 19 National cricket team of Pakistan. He won his first singing competition on Independence Day celebrations in the college. He then went to the University of Central Punjab and completed his Bachelors in Computer Science.
Aslam is single and currently lives in Lahore (Pakistan) with his family.
He used to sing at the college canteen when his friends urged him to participate in the singing competition on Independence Day celebrations at PAF College Lahore in 1998. He performed there and won the competition. Thereafter, he also won several other college competitions.
He met Goher- a guitarist who became his future Jal band-mate, at his college. Together they practiced and started doing mini-concerts for their friends. Atif used to perform on the songs of Junoon and Strings at these concerts. They started performing in their college, McDonalds, Uncle Bubba's Rabba Dabba and other restaurants. Thus began the original line up of Jal.
Jal recorded their first song Aadat at Mekal Hassan's Studio. The song became popular on different musical websites in Pakistan and was also aired on major radio stations of Pakistan like City FM 89, FM 100, Mast FM 103, FM 105 etc. The video for this song was released on ARY Digital and The Musik and then it was played on almost all the channels.
After leaving Jal due to personal differences, Atif released his first solo album, Jal Pari on 19 July 2004, under Sound Master and IC records. Its promoters declared it to be the best selling album of that year within just 5 months of its release.Besides his native country, he also became popular in India and his career took off to fame in both the countries. In the meantime he also cleared his Bachelors in Computer Science (Hons.) from the University of Central Punjab. His second album, Doorie was released on 22 December 2006.
His first major concert was at Al Hamra Hall, Mall Road Lahore where he performed during the break of a stage drama Moulin Rouge. On 14 April 2007, Atif performed in Royal Albert Hall. His first international concert was at W. StarDreamz Entertainment Group during his tour of USA and Canada with RDB and Annie.
Aslam began work on his fourth album Shabnam in January 2009 which was completed on early 2010. He announced plans to release the album on October 2010 to The Daily Express but due to the country's on-going flood problem, he decided to postpone the project further. In a November 2010 interview he said, "I'm working on the Guns n' Roses international project and a NGO [project] so I have no time at the moment to work on release my album".Atif has also sung many songs for Bollywood films, like Pehli Nazar Mein in Race, Tere Bin in Bas Ek Pal, Bakuda Tum Hi Ho in Kismat Konnection, Tera Hone Laga Hoon and Tu Jaane Na in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, all of which have been very well-received by the Indian audience.
His last Indian venture was Prince in which he sang four songs, Tere Liye, Aa Bhi Ja Sanam, Kaun Hoon Main and O Mere Khuda.
He also performed background vocals for scenes in Prince.
Atif also mentioned in a press conference held in Karachi that he will be working on an international project titled The Dreamer Awakes, alongside American rock band Guns n' Roses. The song will be released in Summer 2011.
Atif Aslam's three songs featured in the Hollywood film, Man Push Cart. While Aadat is the main track, Ehsaas and Yaqeen are the other tracks. These songs are taken from his debut album, Jalpari. Atif is the 3rd Pakistani singer after Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Strings to be featured in any Hollywood movie.
Atif is expected to make his acting debut in the second film of well acclaimed Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor. The film titled Bol is set to release in 2011. The film will also star famous Pakistani TV anchor Mahira Khan. Atif plays the role of a doctor in the film.The film has completed shooting and is now proceeding with its post production works. According to reports, Atif will play a supporting role of a doctor, whilst another newcomer will play the lead role in the film.

 

Ali Azmat

 Ali Azmat born April 20, 1970 in Abbottabad) is a Pakistani musician, who gained recognition as the lead vocalist of the pop/rock band Junoon.
Azmat was born in Abbottabad and grew up in Garhi Shahu, Lahore, which he credits for his unconventional attitude. He went to Sydney, Australia for his higher studies, but due to financial difficulties, returned back to Pakistan before completing university.
His first band 'Jupiters' was known for performing covers at small gigs, such as weddings, in Lahore. While with them, Azmat wrote his legendary hit song Dosti. He later sang and recorded Dosti with Junoon, after which the song gained national fame.
He is a cousin of Mustafa Zahid, the lead vocalist of Roxen.
Junoon was Pakistan's biggest band famous for combining traditional poetry and instruments with rock music. Azmat was the lead vocalist of the band. With Junoon, he toured extensively, doing two North American tours a year since 1992. He performed in Europe, the Middle East and China and at the European rock festival, Roskilde in June 2000. He left Junoon in 2005 to pursue a solo career.
Ali Azmat released his first solo album, Social Circus, in March 2005 to critical acclaim. Social Circus was a massive departure from Junoon's style and won 23 awards in Pakistan, including Best Album and Best Producer. In India, Azmat was nominated for Best Soundtrack and Best Song at the Sahara Awards held in London, for his single "Garaj Baras" in the Pooja Bhatt film Paap. Azmat's second album, Klashinfolk, was released in August 2008 and recorded at Mekaal Hasan Studios in Lahore. Klashinfolk also received significant critical acclaim across Pakistan, although (like Social Circus) it was not a huge commercial success.Azmat made his Bollywood music debut with the song Garaj Baraj that was chosen by Pooja Bhatt, a close friend of Azmat. The song was picturized on John Abraham.Azmat often plays rhythm guitar, besides singing, during concerts. He also plays drums but rarely in concerts. The current lineup of Ali Azmat's band for live performances and albums worked with him on Klashinfolk and has remained since. It includes Omran "Momo" Shafique (of Mauj) on lead guitar, Kamran "Mannu" Zafar on bass guitar and Louis J. "Gumby" Pinto on drums.
Apart from that, Azmat gave his song Naina and Teri Perchahian, from Klashinfolk and Social Circus respectively, to the film Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. The film only recently made it to the limelight after a leaking controversy.
Azmat has also acted in Pakistani television series. He also sang the title songs of many series. He played the role of a con artist in a Pakistani tele film. Azmat also wrote the theme song for a children television series, 'The Magic Tent'. Azmat also hosted a show called "Pappu Yar Tang Na Kar" for Aag television. He also starred in a telefilm, "ChaalBaz" in 2006 which was aired on ARY Digital. He has also worked with local pop musicians such as Omran Shafique from Mauj and Gumby, the former drummer of Noori.

 

 

Ali Haider

 Ali Haider is a former Pakistani singer and actor. He has had numerous hits in the early 90s such as Poorani Jeans. He also had a big hit later in the 1990s with Chand Sa Mukhra. Besides singing, he has acted in numerous TV serials on PTV. Among the successful dramas was Chand Sa Mukhra, which used his hit song as the theme music. He also sang the theme music for the serial Chandni Raatein. He has a large fan following in Pakistan and India and with South Asian expatriates around the world. After resignation from music in 2009, Haider has become a sana khawan, and has released 3 religious albums, Mola Dil Badal Day, Shor Hai Mehshar Ka and Tuluh E Fikr.
Ali Haider grew up in the neighbourhood of Firdous Colony in Karachi, and was pursuing a Civil Engineering degree at NED University when his showbiz career began.
Since the 1990s, Ali Haider has produced over sixteen music albums of which dozens of songs were top hits and became very popular. These earned him a place among the top singers of Pakistan.
His first album was Jane Jan Sun which included the title songs of jawaniyan, and Dhoop Kinare sung along with Nayyara Noor. This album was released by EMI and is obsolete in market, however, it may be found in some collections. The 2nd album he released was entitled "Chahat". The music was given by Bunny and a song with Sadaf Munir (now Sadaf Iqbal). That album was purchased by HMV India. Two of the most popular songs from the album were "Chahat" and "Ajnabi".
With the moderate success of the his second album, he released his third album, titled Qarar, which was much better than his previous two albums. It consisted of songs such as Qarar (the title song), Shehnahee and Jadu Kiya, which went on to become top hits. The music was composed by Amir khan, Bunny and Ali Haider himself. As Haider improved so did his music, his fourth album, Sandesa produced the hit songs Purani Jeans and Sandesa. These went to the top of the charts and remained at the top for a number of weeks.
His next album, Pakola Album did moderately well with songs such as Zaalim Nazron Say and Laila making it into the charts. His sixth album, Dastaan is known to be the best album, Haider has produced since his career started. It shot straight to number one and brought him great popularity at the time. In this album he produced a variety of music genres that suited pretty much anyone. The songs responsible for his popularity were Walawai, Papa Mummi and Ranjha Heer.
After some time, Haider released the album "The Best of Ali Haider", which pretty much summoned up that he is ending his music career. The album included all his major hits and favourite songs he has produced in the past. Some of the songs included in this collection were Purani Jeans, Walawai, Qarar and Sandesa. Later he went on to released another compilation to the previous album that was entitles Sayoni.
After sometime Haider released another two albums, Saaiyan and Jadu in which he has produced quite a number of popular tracks that did prove to be successful. Haider released his 15th Album in 2007 titled "Janey Do". This album also featured three previous songs with significant modifications. The all time favourite "Purani Jeans" made a return with a hard rock format. Qarar and "Agar Pyar" from the 1993 album Sandesa were also featured.
Haider has also acted in the Lollywood film titled Chalo Ishq Larain which was released in 2002. He was also seen playing the small role of Himself in the Bollywood film Main Osama which was directed by the controversial film Maker Faisal Saif. This feature film hit the cinema halls worldwide in 2008.
His reputation of recent years has taken a hit after an alleged drunken romp with an upcoming model Neha Ahmed that led to police action after complaints from residents where this is alleged to have taken place. More recently he has quit singing.
On 23 June 2009, Geo News reported that Ali Haider decided to resign from the world of music, which was also confirmed by the former singer and a Pakistani music website PakiUM.com.
His last music album was released on the internet named Stop and Think..? in 2009 shortly after his decision to quit music. Ali Haider donated all the proceeds from this Album to Charity.
He has since then released a religious songs album in the praise of Allah (God). His latest religious Album is Moula Dil Badal Dey, which consist of Hamds, Naats and different poetry on current situation of Muslim Ummah. He is also a Noha Khawan and has released his first Noha album in 2010, Shor Hai Mehshar Ka. He also released a Manqabat album in 2010 called Tuluh E Fiqr. He has also opened his own production with Gohar Jarchwi.

 

Ahmed Jahanzeb

 Ahmed Jahanzeb Usmani (born May 28, 1978) is a Pakistani pop singer and composer. Famously known as AJ, he was born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Jahanzeb is one of the few singers of the country, who have been trained in classical music and that is why he mostly sings soul stirring slow songs. Jahanzeb as a singer, performer and musician, is one who displays mastery not only over vocal and instrumental music but also in the art of showman ship. Jahanzeb was trained under the guidance of Ustad Rais Khan, who made him his shagird (pupil) in a beautiful ceremony called Rasm-e-Gandha Bandhi held at Sheraton Hotel in 1988. The ceremony, one of its kind to be ever held in India and Pakistan, was a very grand affair and was attended by celebrities, dignitaries and media people.
Jahanzeb started singing since he was four years old. The Wonder Boy is a title given to him by Gulf’s Khaleej Times. Jahanzeb is the son of Capt. Safir Ahmed a renowned and active music lover whose regular musical evenings organized entirely through his own persistent love for the art are the features, most connoisseurs in the city are well aware of, growing up in this environment stimulated Jahanzeb who began to sing when he was only 4 years old and it was quite sure that his continual efforts and unflinching interest would one day dear its fruits, and certainly so it did happen.
At the age of 4 years, Jahanzeb gave his first public performance at VIP annual program attended by well over 10,000 people. At the age of 5 years; he appeared in the most popular Pakistan Television TV show Neelaam Ghar. At the age of 7 years, he was invited to perform in Dubai at the Pakistan Day show, at Hyatt Regency, the host being the Pakistan Welfare Society of Sharjah, after the performance Gulf Weekly called him Talent at the Tender Age, and Khaleej Times named him the Mini Maestro. A few months later, he was invited by the world renowned electronic company Sony to attend a musical conference in Bahrain where delegates form 50 nations were invited.
Jahanzeb became the youngest singer to launch his first album titled The Wonder Boy at the age of 8 years, it was a memorable occasion as Government Dignitaries, film and television personalities were present to congratulate him on this amazing achievement. It is quite possible recording an album at the tender age of 8 might have created an event unforeseen in the history of light music.
In August 1988, Jahanzeb received the Special Child Award at the Cassette Melody Awards. He was the first artist of his age to get this award. A US-based magazine referred to him as the "next Mehdi Hasan in the making". Furthermore, he proved his talents on 5 February 1989, on his Rasm-e-Gandha Bandhi, he showed the world that how important Taleem (education) is from a good Ustad (teacher). Jahanzeb was completely changed form the day Ustad Rais Khan accepted him as his shagird (pupil). Sunday Times, South Africa called him the 'Singing Sensation from Pakistan', when he toured South Africa in 1990 and performed all over with an estimated 40 shows. SABC Radio Lotus awarded him the title of 'Youngest Ghazal Singer', and was also named 'Youngest Singer/Performer/Musician' by a South African channel.
On his return to Pakistan, Jahanzeb was awarded the Governor Insignia by Mahmood A. Haroon, Governor of Sindh in 1991. He also became the youngest artist to be registered as a composer, 'Category A' by PTV, Karachi centre.
In 1992, following his success tour of South Africa in 90's, he was again invited this time by the "South African Police" for their charity concerts. Jahanzeb toured the country with a whopping 50 shows for this noble cause. The year 1996 brought another milestone in his career, when he became the youngest and the first artist to perform at the National Defence College of the Pakistan Army in the presence of the high brass of the Army.
The Millennium was another turning point, when Jahanzeb released his first hit single Ek Bar Kaho, which catapulted him to the top as it was an instant hit. It broke all the records and became the highest selling single of all time, selling 5 million CD's and cassette's in Pakistan and over the world and stayed at the top of the charts for a record 20 weeks. Tu Jo Nahin, another mega hit followed Ek Bar Kaho. Tu Jo Nahin was a techno-track and with Jahanzeb's captivating vocals, blew the away charts and it was clear that Jahanzeb was here to stay.
In 2002, Jahanzeb had the honor of performing alongside superstars from across the border like Raageshwari, Jazzy B and others in Dubai for a local TV channel.
In 2003, Jahanzeb launched his long awaited album, Parastish, a record breaking album, which instantly went to the top of the charts and became the fastest and the highest selling album of the year breaking all previous records. BBC named it the number one South Asian album of 2003.
In 2004, the Pakistan consulate in UAE invited Jahanzeb to perform in the Pakistan Pavilion at the launch of the Dubai Shopping Festival at Global Village, Dubai, where he enthralled an audience of almost 100,000 people. In the same year, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council invited him to perform at a reception held in the honor of the visiting Indian Blind Cricket term, which was also attended by Veteran Bollywood actor-turned director, Sanjay Khan, along with his wife.
Later that year, Jahanzeb represented Pakistan at the Indo-Pak Peace Concert, a historical event held at the Royal Palm Golf Club in Lahore, where he performed alongside some of the biggest stars form across the border who were performing for the first time on Pakistani soil. He made Pakistan proud and had the honor to perform along with musical duo of Jatin-Lalit, Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, singer, Shaan and Babul Supriyo, Sunidhi Chauhan and comedian Sajid Khan. The concert was a huge success and was widely appreciated by the press and media of both the countries.
In 2005, Jahanzeb performed at the Asian Bollywood Music Award held in Dubai along with renowned Indian artists like A.R. Rehman, Sonu Nigam, Jatin-Lalit, Lucky Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan, VJ Sophiya and many other leading actors and actresses like Diya Mirza, Yana Gupta and Isha Koppikar. In the same year, he represented Pakistan at the 'Help Concert' held in Mumbai, for the Prime Minister's Tsunami Relief Fund, which was headed by Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. The show was organized by the famous Bollywood star, Sanjay Dutt and Jahanzeb performed along the best of the best of Indian film industry and his performance was very much appreciated.
In 2007, Jahanzeb was asked by legendary director, Shoaib Mansoor to be part of his debut film Khuda Kay Liye also known as In the Name Of God. Jahanzeb sang 4 songs out of the 9 for the film. These included, Humaray Hain, Tilak Kamod, Janie Janie and Bandiya Ho. The film broke all previous Pakistani film records and ran house full for more than 6 months successfully. The film played a ground breaking role in the revival of Pakistani cinema. The film was also released worldwide and was a hit, and Jahanzeb feels proud to be a part of film history also, as it was his first stint as a playback singer and it proved fruitful. The music of this film broke all records as being sold out the day it was released and for being the highest selling album for a film and still attracting audiences.
In 2008, Jahanzeb signed a 5-year contract with India's leading music film company TIPS. He finished work on his second album which was produced and recorded in India by TIPS. The album titled Laut Aao was released worldwide in June 2008. The album has 10 songs and 6 have been written by the famous poet and lyricist of Bollywood cinema, Sameer. The album was a huge hit with Chandni Raat Mein, the debut single being a smash hit and topped the Pakistani Pop charts.
Jahanzeb also runs a professional audio recording studio by the name of Urban Sound Factory and has been producing OST's for many drama serials, teleFilms, soaps and documentaries. The most recent project was the internationally acclaimed film Khuda Kay Liye.
During his career, Jahanzeb has performed in well over 1500 shows all over the world and is still going strong. He has never followed the culture of lip-synching, which has dominated the music scene for a long time. He always performs live as he strictly believes that performing on DAT/CD severely limits the feel of the artist and is sheer injustice to the audience and his training in classical music.

 

 

Benjamin Sisters 

 The Benjamin Sisters were a Pakistani singing group of three sisters, Nerissa, Beena and Shabana Benjamin. Usually chorus-singing together in appearances on Pakistan Television in the late 1970s and early 1980s, they achieved immense popularity in both Pakistan and neighboring regions of North India in what began to be referred to as the Benjamin Sisters Phenomenon.
Benjamin Sisters first participated in various music learning programs aired on Pakistan Television from 1968 to 1987. These programs were conducted by Sohail Rana; a prominent music director of Pakistan, and they were aimed at educating children about music.Later on sisters usually sang Punjabi and Urdu songs, and tended to provide new renderings of songs sung by other cool singers, such as Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers, as opposed to developing their own material. This was also due to the reason that sisters appeared in the TV talk show Silver Jubilee(1983), where old artistes were often the invited guests whose songs the sisters would perform as a mark of honor.The three sang in a synchronized way, in a "single voice."The famous of which they sang the patriotic National song of Pakistan known as the Is parcham kay saye tale hum ek hai. <nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here</nowiki>
The Benjamin Sisters belonged to the Pakistani Christian minority.

 

Fakhar-e-Alam

 Fakhar-e-Alam born on January 19, 1976 in Lahore, Pakistan) is a Pakistani actor, VJ and singer, popular for introducing the pop/bhangra genre of music in Pakistan. Though he is still considered a pioneer of pop/bhangra music culture in Pakistan, now he is much more popular for hosting TV shows and appearing in military/governmental sponsored music shows. As a social worker, Alam has a huge fan base and is respected for his untiring relief efforts in the wake of the October 8, 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
Alam burst into the scene in 1993 by launching the super hit single "Bhangra Pao" and establishing himself as the king of pop/bhangra/rap music in Pakistan. The single then made way as the first Pakistani video to be shown on MTV. Though not isolating himself from music, he simultaneously began to host the music show "Music Channel Charts", interestingly the same program which launched Alam's debut single.
Following his first album and VJing stint, he jointly performed "Pyar diyaan Gallaan" with the bands Fringe Benefits and Arid Zone. Though his patriotic single 'Proud Pakistani' with Nadeem Jaffery was notable, Alam's later albums did not make any ground in the Pakistani music scene. He later switched to acting and hosting TV shows. Fakhar also starred in a Lollywood movie Very Good Dunya, Very Bad Log as a hero along with filmstar Nirma - the movie did not meet much success. But Alam won the National film award for best actor for his debut film. He has more than 4000 TV shows under his belt as an anchor and a host. He was known for his high energy performances on stage, though he never performed after the 2005 earthquake. He was awarded the presidential medal Sitar e Eesaaar by President Musharraf for his humanitarian work in the 2005 earthquake. Fakhr Alam was also flown to USA by CNN for a worldwide LIVE interview about the earthquake which was telecast LIVE from the CNN headquarters. Alam was the only Pakistani to be given this honor. No representative of the government or any other established NGO was given the opportunity. Recently in the SWAT IDPs issue which came about as a result of the Pakistan Army operation against Taliban, he singlehandedly organized for more than 11 chilled water filtration plants with a total capacity of 240,000 litres to be put in the IDP camps. He was also appointed as the MKRF ambassador at large.
Fakhr Alam is unquestionably the most recognized and critically acclaimed TV anchor of this generation. His experience is spread over 15 years, and he has to his credit Music chart shows, Political and social talk shows, game shows, entertainment magazine shows etc. His directors titled him THE BLESSING, because Fakhr Alam is known in the industry to be the most fluent imprompto speaker of all times, and that saved the directors from scripting issues. Fakhr Alam has done shows for all major TV networks of Pakistan. GEO, ARY, TV one, INDUS, AAJ TV etc.
Very recently for GEO Television, Fakhar-e-Alam successfully hosted the show Bolain Kya Baat Hai (English: Tell us what the matter is) telecast on GEO Super in which he interviewed various sports personalities and discussed cricket and other sports-related events. The show and its host proved to be very popular with the audiences.[1] Though he no more hosts the show, Fakhar provides background voice for the channel's promos.
He was offered a ticket by MQM for the last National Assembly election, but due to his commitments abroad he declined. He is known to have very strong connections with influential political leadership of Pakistan, and does not want to commit himself politically as yet. However certain quarters believe that he will participate in politics at some stage. Whenever he is confronted with the question, he politely refuses to comment on the issue.
Fakhar-e-Alam is currently CEO of Alam and Alam, his family business. He built the company over a period of last 5 years. Today the company has several divisions including renewable energy, real estate, ports and shipping and the most recent and successful division of homeland security.
The security business of Alam & Alam has taken off really well. The company is being recognized for its outstanding portfolio of international products that are represented by the company exclusively in the region.
It is learnt that the company has received a few government contracts in the region for supplying high end security equipment.

 

Faisal Kapadia

 Faisal Kapadia is a member of the very popular Pakistani pop band Strings. Faisal was born on June 29, 1971 in Karachi, Pakistan. Growing up, he learned classical music, vocals, and guitar. He is married to Seema Kapadia and has 2 sons Armaan and Gibran. He is a Ismaili Nizari Muslim (Aga Khani) by faith.
Faisal Kapadia has directed a number of music videos for his band. Strings success came in 1992 after the launch of the song Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar, the song was an instant hit and so was Strings. Strings made its entry into the Bollywood music in 2006.


Faakhir Mehmood

 Faakhir Mehmood is a Pakistani singer and music composer. He started out his career in a Pakistani musical group called Awaz. However to conflicts of interest the band split and they all went to become solo artists. The band Awaz also consisted of well known musician Haroon.
Faakhir has produced three albums as prior to 2006. His 2000 debut album, Aatish, was a big hit. His song in the album called Dil Na Lagey was the number one song for many weeks and was the best national song of the year 2000.
His latest album is Mantra. On that album there is a song called Jiya Na Jaye, in which Faakhir shares a duet with Indian singer Sunidhi Chauhan. Another song in that album called Mahi Ve won two awards in the India Sangeet Awards, in which he also performed.
One reason why Faakhir's music is popular is because of its unique use of diverse music and lyrics. He has a lot of Western and European influences in his music. His song Dil Ruba which is a track with Spanish influence and his song Kabhi Kabhi Pyar Mein were also instant hits. His single Sub To Suniyeh was also a big hit. As of 2007, Faakhir has decided to take a break on his music career so he can spend more time with his family.
Faakhi attended the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore but moved to United States. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the George Washington University in the United States in the early 1990. It was his university years when he met with Asad Ahmed and Haroon. Together, they formed the band Awaz.
Faakhir started working on his album ‘Aatish’ in July 2000 by releasing his 1st single in August, a national song ‘Dil Na Lagay’. This national song become an instant hit and topped the music charts in Pakistan..
Riding on his wave of success he performed in New York and Washington DC where he sang to crowd of more than 30,000 people.
The same year he charmed a large audience in Dubai, UAE.
2001 was perhaps the most gratifying year for Faakhir as an artist as his other two releases, ‘Kabhi Kabhi Pyaar Mein’ and ‘Dilruba’ both topped the charts and became instant hits.
The song ‘Kabhi Kabhi Pyaar Mein’ won a Lux Style Awards while his other single ‘Dilruba’ (Pakistan’s most expensive Music Video, shot in Spain) was also nominated for best video and Direction at the same prestigious ceremony.
To me music is like the stars in the sky, it does to the soul, what the stars do to break the muteness of the stark black sky” -Faakhir
His acts are filled with energy, charged with unmistakable enthusiasm and a charismatic voice to compliment all the magic that unfolds on stage.
His ‘Sage Traits’ has enabled him as a much sought-after and liked performer. His heartthrob personality and melodious songs come together in perfect harmony to create a ‘concert; out of any ordinary ‘show’.
“The most promising act to come up these days is surely Faakhir” -The News July 22, 2001
Faakhir’s live shows have taken his ’music and magic’ to many countries in the world including the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia in addition to big and small cities across Pakistan.
Faakhir has performed alongside International contemporaries from the region and Europe including, Sukhbir and Stereo Nation to name a few.
Faakhir has to his credit having done the most numbers of shows with International Artists in Pakistan.
“Multi skilled Faakhir has been compared with Adnan Sami Khan because he is trained as a musician, writes his lyrics, composes music, produces and sings”
Eastern Eye, London June 29, 2001
Now that I have started singing, I know there is no turning back. And the more I get involved in it now, the more I realize what I have been missing- at least not any more. -Faakhir
Faakhir’s long association with Awaz was a satisfying experience. His dedication, compositions and arrangements for the band led to many smash hits. Its success can be measured from the fact that these hits still echo in people’s mind and come to their lips besides being aired on TV and radio regularly. His famous works include, ‘Mr. Fraudiye’, ‘Ae Jawan’, and ‘Shawa’ just to name a few.
After deciding to go solo, Faakhir started work on his debut Album, ‘Aatish’.
In July 2000, his efforts bore fruit as his very first song for the album; Dil Na lagey won him instantaneous approval and recognition as a singer. He song stayed on music charts as ‘Number one’ of many weeks before being declared as the best national song for the year 2000 by a local FM Radio Station.

 

Haroon

 Haroon Rashid (born 11 May 1973 in London, United Kingdom), popularly known as Haroon is a British-Pakistani pop singer, composer, musician and producer.He has sold millions of CDs and tapes worldwide and has performed at large venues such as the Wembley Arena.
Born to a Pakistani father and a New Zealander mother, Haroon began playing the guitar and composing songs at the age of 13. He formed his first band, Idiosyncracies, in school with schoolmates at the age of 14.
After graduating in the early 1990s with a degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University in United States, he formed the band Awaz with a couple of musician friends, Faakhir and Assad Ahmed.
Haroon and the band made a video of Janeman, a song which Haroon had composed when he was 16. Haroon sent it to MTV Asia, and the song became the first Urdu pop song to air on MTV.
At their peak, Awaz was the biggest musical band in Pakistan, and released three successful albums and two big singles between 1993 and 1999. Awaz was one of the pioneering bands in Pakistani pop music, and influenced many future musicians.
Haroon's first solo album, Haroon Ki Awaz, which he produced, engineered and recorded, was successfully released in October 2000. The songs, Yaara, Pyareya, Jeekay Dekha, Chan Vergay from that album were released as singles with music videos. Other songs such as Fire Inside and Paisa commented on the socio-economic and political situation in South Asia at the time.
In 2001 and 2002, Haroon toured the UK and USA. In 2001, Haroon received the "Outstanding contribution to Asian music" Award from the BBC Asia Awards show.
Haroon's second solo album was the melodic, Lagan. This album included Mahbooba, a fusion of Asian and Arabic music with Lebanese singers accompanying Haroon. The song was a major hit, with a music video shot at the Pyramids of Giza.
Following this success, Haroon embarked on a world tour from early 2003 to mid 2005, performing in Oslo, Madrid, Copenhagen, Brussels, Glasgow, New York, Toronto and smaller cities such as Calgary and Oakland.
Some of his performances drew crowds in the tens of thousands, and he boasted a strong fan base in the UK, USA, and Dubai. He performed several times in front of sellout audiences at Wembley Arena, London, and at the BBC Asia awards (Birmingham, NEC) watched by two million on television.
Haroon released his third solo album, Haroon Ka Nasha in March 2007, again composed, recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by himself at his personal studio.

 

Hasan Jahangir

 Hassan Jahangir is a Pakistani Pop singer.He gained fame in the 80's with hit singles such as "Hawa Hawa", "Hato Bacho", and "Shadi Na Karna Yaron". He released his first single "Imran Khan is a Superman" in 1982 and went on to release his one and only internationally famous album "Hawa Hawa". It sold approximately 15 million copies in India. His music was acclaimed in South Asia, most notably Pakistan and India.

Jawad Ahmad

Jawad Ahmad is a Pakistani singer. Jawad first captured Pakistan's attention as a person who called attention to the transcendental existence of God through the song '"Allah Meray Dil kay Andar" which most say showed a way to inner peace. The lyrical expression that he has used to portray his inclination towards Sufism bears traces of Ghalib and Faiz who are known to have emphasized on the same values so as to eradicate all barriers that hinder the establishment of a connection with God and differentiate amongst human beings by placing them into groupings of race and class. He has published many albums and when the chaotic earthquake in Pakistan struck, he sang at many fundraisers and supported rebuilding his country. He has also performed several times at APPNA.
Jawad was born in a Jat family on September 29, 1970 to parents who are both professors of political science. His father is 'Professor Tauqeer Ahmad' and his mother was 'Professor Mrs. Anees Tauqeer'(late). Jawad Ahmad studied mechanical engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology,
 Lahore
,Pakistan.

Jawad Bashir

 Jawad Bashir, is a famous Pakistani Director/Actor/Singer. He was born in Lahore and studied at the National College of Arts (NCA), where he and his friends, mainly in coordination with Director/Special Effects/Musician Ahsan Khan started the classic spoof TV programme 'VJ'. The programme was an instant hit and Jawad later rose to prominence as a prolific sitcom director most of which were shot in NCA. Jawad Bashir was also the member of a music group called Dr. Aur Billa. Jawad Bashir has also been prominent as a video director. Most of his Videos are funky with a humorous touch.
Some of the great Sitcoms he ever made include:
    * Teen Bata Teen
    * Shashlik
    * Wrong Number
    * Motor Chalay Pum Pum
It was Jawad Bashir who then carried on with the genre and became perhaps the most prolific sitcom-maker of the country. Later on, the director left the show and its writer Sarmad Khoosat held the reins of direction as well. Like Jawad Bashir, he too has now burgeoned into a recognized, if not accomplished, director.
It was Shashlik that proved to be the precursor to a variety of comedy series from Lahore. One such sitcom was Jutt & Bond, directed by Zain and penned by Vasay Chaudhry. The show brought together, in a laughter-inducing manner, two iconic cinema heroes of East and West, Maula Jutt and James Bond and gained tremendous popularity, particularly among the urban audiences.

 

Junaid Jamshed

 unaid Jamshed born September 3, 1964) is a Pakistani recording artist who gained fame as the frontman of the pop group, Vital Signs in 1987 with the hit song, Dil Dil Pakistan, and remained in demand throughout the 1990s. In 1994, he released his debut solo album, Junaid of Vital Signs, which also quickly became a national hit, followed by Us Rah Par in 1999 and Dil Ki Baat in 2002.
Since then, he has focused on Islam and concentrated on reciting nasheeds. His debut religious album, Jalwa-e-Janan was released in 2005 and was followed by Mehboob-e-Yazdaan in 2006, Badr-ud-Duja in 2008, and Badee-uz-Zaman in 2009. He also runs a boutique with the name "J.", read as "Jay Dot", which has several outlets all over Pakistan.
Junaid Jamshed is the son of Group Captain (retd) Jamshed Akber Khan and Nafeesa Akber Khan. His father was a Pakistan Air Force officer. He belongs to a Pashtun and Urdu-speaking family. Jamshed studied pre-engineering courses in PAF College in Karachi before joining University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore from where he completed his graduation in 1990. Though, he applied to join Pakistan Air Force but later moved on to a career in Aeronautical Engineering due to his weak eyesight.
Though the Vital Signs were launched in early 1986 in Rawalpindi by Rohail Hyatt and Shahzad Hasan (Shahi), it was a while later when Jamshed, then a young aeronautical engineering student from Lahore, joined them as their lead singer. Though their hit debut single, Dil Dil Pakistan, released on 14 August 1987, skyrocketed them into fame, the song's success was not seen by him as something that would turn him into a professional musician. Jamshed, who wanted to become a professional engineer, initially didn't want to have anything to do with music other than just treating it as a hobby.
However, Rohail and Shahzad soon managed to convince him otherwise. After a string of chart topping songs, the band split in 1994 and Jamshed began his solo career, achieving even more success.
Jamshed released his first solo album, Junaid of Vital Signs in 1994. The album's name was later changed to Tumhara Aur Mera Naam. This was followed by Us Rah Par in 1999. Us Rah Par went on to become one of the best selling albums of that year. The album included several hit numbers such as, Us Rah Par, Na Tu Ayegi, Aankhon Ko Aankhon Ney and O Sanama. In 2000, Jamshed released his next album, The Best of Junaid Jamshed, which contained remixes of some of the hit singles of the Vital Signs era. His last solo album, Dil Ki Baat, was released in 2001.
In 2003, BBC World Service conducted an international poll to choose ten most famous songs of all time. Around 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. According to BBC, people from 155 countries/territories voted in the poll. Dil Dil Pakistan was ranked third among the top 10 songs.
In 2004, Jamshed renounced music and devoted his life to Islam. He is now an active member of the Islamic preaching Tablighi Jamaat. He is also noted for opening a clothing store "J.", selling Khaadis (a form of Kurta-Shalwar)
In 1987, Jamshed took Pakistani media by storm with his band's hit patriotic number Dil Dil Pakistan, viewed as one of the most popular songs of all time. This was a turning point in Pakistan's music history which ushered in a new era of pop musical bands and produced many fine singers and musicians. These bands represented and inspired the youth. Fourteen years later, he renounced popular music, claiming it to be Haraam, and devoted a significant amount of his time to preaching Islam.Jamshed now sings Urdu and English nasheeds.
Junaid Jamshed is also actively involved in charity work and has been associated with the Muslim Charity since 2003. Under the leadership of Junaid Jamshed Muslim Charity has achieved a great deal in the last few years and expanded its operations to 16 countries.


Malkoo

 Malkoo born as Mohammad Ashraf Malik in Sargodha, Pakistan is a pop, bhangra and folk singer. In addition to singing, he also writes and has penned many hit songs for other singers. One such example is Waris Baig's album Aa Ja Nach Lay was written and composed by Malkoo. He is best known for re-popularizing the song "Kala Jora Pa", which became a hit in Pakistan and has since been performed by many other artists.
Malkoo was born on June 4. He attended and got his High School Degree which is known as a Matric Degree from Malikwal Government High School. Lonely but filled with aspiration he went to Lahore in 1992. In Lahore he got his Masters Degree in English but inside of him there was love for his mother language Punjabi.[1] When coming back from college he would always stop at some music studio. He has been shy from the beginning. According to Malkoo there is no need for a person to say anything unless they have done something and now a days newcomers talk more than they have done. He started writing songs for other artists. According to him the best time for him to write is a t 4:00 am. Malkoo inspired by famous Pakistani folk singer Mansoor Malangi. Finally in 2004 he launched his First album "Sochna Vi Na". And since than he has launched more than 10 albums.

 

Nazia Hassan

 Nazia Hassan (April 3, 1965 – August 13, 2000) was an iconic Pakistani pop singer. Her song Aap Jaisa Koi from the Indian film Qurbani made her a legend and pop icon in Pakistan and all of South Asia in the 1980s, where she is admired and loved even today, several years after her death. Nazia Hassan sold over 100 million records worldwide.[citation needed]
Nazia Hassan was born in Karachi, Pakistan and from an early age showed interest in music.[2] Nazia began her singing career during the late 1970s, when she appeared on several television shows on PTV as a child artist. Her professional career started at the age of fifteen when she provided the lead vocals for the song Aap Jaisa Koi from the 1980 film Qurbani. Nazia was introduced to the film's director Feroz Khan by his friend Biddu in the United Kingdom. The song was a huge success in India and despite Nazia being a Pakistani, she gained overnight fame there.[3] In 1981, Nazia won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback for Aap Jaisa Koi.
After the success of Aap Jaisa Koi, Qurbani became a big hit and Nazia collaborated with Biddu, a UK-based Indian music producer; who was also the composer of Aap Jaisa Koi, on numerous other projects. In 1981, Nazia became the first playback singer to release an album after the release of her first album, Disco Deewane. The album broke record sales in Pakistan and India and even topped the charts in the West Indies, Latin America and Russia. This album became a mega-hit and Nazia became an established pop singer in Pakistan. This album also had vocals of her brother, Zohaib Hassan.
After the release of Disco Deewane, Nazia and Zoheb were offered by Biddu to act in a movie, but they refused to act and chose singing. Nazia's second album Star/Boom Boom was released in 1982. The soundtrack of the album was used in the movie Star. Nazia made an appearance in the film, singing the film's title song, Boom Boom. The film did not do well at the box office but the album became a successful album and increased the popularity of Nazia and her brother Zoheb in Pakistan and India.
Nazia's third album, Young Tarang was released in 1984. It was the first album in Pakistan to feature music videos. The album sold 40 million copies which set the record of most selling video album of all times. This album became Nazia's most famous album and one of the most popular albums of Asia. Ankhien Milane Wale was the most popular song in the album and became one of the most popular songs in Pakistan and has aired on television numerous times. After the release of Young Tarang, Nazia returned to singing for Bollywood movies as a playback singer.
Nazia's fourth album, Hotline was released in 1987. Aa Haan was the most popular song of this album. It was the second best selling album of Nazia.
By the end of the 1980s, Nazia had become the most popular pop singer of Pakistan. In 1988, Nazia and her brother Zoheb appeared with music maestro Sohail Rana in his television program, Sung Sung. In the following year, Nazia and Zoheb hosted the groundbreaking show Music '89. The show was produced by Shoaib Mansoor. It was the first-ever all pop-music stage show airing on television. The show launched the careers of many new rising bands and singers and became a popular show in Pakistan. Nazia hosted another show, Dhanak on PTV in the same year, 1989.
In 1991, Nazia and her brother Zoheb recorded her fifth album, Camera Camera. Before the album's release, Nazia and Zoheb announced during a launching ceremony that it would be their last album. The album was released in 1992. It was not successful like Nazia's previous albums and received average reaction. After the album's release, Nazia left her singing career to focus on her personal life. The composer of her albums, Biddu had composed a song, Made in India and wanted Nazia to sing in it but the retired Nazia refused to sing a song that may offend Pakistan. After Nazia's refusal, the song was offered to Alisha Chinai, who accepted the offer and marked the birth of Indipop.
Pakistan's vibrant contemporary music scene owes itself to Nazia Hassan's redefinition of pop. In fact, the biggest nineties bands including the Vital Signs and the Jupiters got a platform on "Music '89". Nazia also had a seismic impact in India. She has contributed to the development of the present isomorphism of Bollywood music and pop: “She set - well ahead of its time - the personal album trend in India”, spawning the likes of Alisha Chinai, Lucky Ali and Shweta Shetty. After the huge success of their music, Nazia and Zoheb were signed by EMI Group and were the first South Asian singers to be signed by an international music company.
Besides music, Nazia has the honour of starting a noble trend of working for the under privileged and poor. All their money earned from music was spent for charity. Nazia supported the “Inner Wheel Club” of India to help with funds for them. In Pakistan, an organization “BAN” for fighting against the curse of narcotics was established. She belonged to many charity organizations and worked with her mother Muniza Basir in the low income areas of Karachi to help the needy and sick. Nazia worked with Javed Jabbar, former Information Minister, to raise funds for children in Rajasthan. She went to a very large number of schools to collect toys for the poor children and gave talks on the subject of social awareness for the under privileged. Nazia never forgot the love and support of all the schools and always spoke with great affection for them. The worthy staff and the students of St Joseph’s Convent, Mama Parsi School and many others had gone out of their way to help the cause.
Surprisingly, music was only a hobby for Nazia and though her achievements in this field were any one’s dream come true, she lived away from the glitzy world and led a secluded and simple life. She completed her education in the UK, got a law degree and then worked in the United Nations in the Security Council. Nazia continued her social work even in New York and worked for children from the UN platform.
She is known to be the "Sweetheart of Pakistan". Nazia Hassan is still the symbol of grace, sacred beauty and innocence and is frequently compared to Princess Diana as she was known to possess a heart of gold. Nazia spent her teenage between Karachi and London.
Nazia was the daughter of a well-known businessman Mr. Basir Hassan and an active social worker, Mrs. Munizeh Basir. She had two siblings, a brother Zohaib and a sister Zahra, both of whom became singers. Nazia was married on March 30, 1995 to Mirza Ishtiaq Baig. They had a son born on April 7, 1997 named Arez. Nazia's marriage with Mirza Ishtiaq Baig was a complete failure and she got divorced on August 4, 2000.
Nazia died of lung cancer in London on August 13, 2000 at the age of 35.[1] She was admitted to North Finchley Hospice three days earlier when her condition deteriorated. She showed signs of mild recovery the day before she passed away and it was thought that doctors would allow her to go home. But early Sunday morning, her mother, Muneeza Hasan, was called to the hospital where her daughter had started coughing heavily at around 9:15am. She died within minutes. Nazia is buried at the Muslim Hendon Cemetery in London.
The Government of Pakistan has conferred upon Nazia Hassan the highest civilian award Pride of Performance. The award was presented to Mrs. Muniza Basir, mother of Nazia Hassan, by the President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf in an official ceremony held at Islamabad on 23 March 2002. In 2003, Nazia's family established a charitable organization named after her. The organization was established in continuation of her life long charitable and social efforts to make the world a better place to live in for all irrespective of colour, creed or religion.

Nazia and Zoheb

 Nazia and Zoheb were a Pakistani pop group from Karachi, Sindh formed in 1980. The group was composed of two siblings, Nazia Hassan and Zoheb Hassan, who were a singing sensation and pop icons in Pakistan and all of South Asia. They were also regarded as pioneers of the Pakistani pop music scene during the 1980s. Nazia and Zoheb are also one of the most successful groups in Pakistan which sold more than 100 million albums worldwide[1] , making them one of the world's best-selling music artists.
The group initially gained prominence from their music single "Aap Jaisa Koi" first featured as a soundtrack for the Indian film Qurbani. The song was also part of the group's debut album Disco Deewane released in 1981 by Indian producer Biddu. The album was the best selling album in all over Asia at that time and it also changed trends of music in Pakistan and was the first South Asian album that was also a hit in Brazil, Russia, South Africa and Indonesia. The duo released their second album Boom Boom in 1982 which was also the soundtrack for the Bollywood movie Star, based on the life of both the brother and sister. After two years the band recorded their critically acclaimed Young Tarang (1984) which is the first video album release in Pakistan. The video album sold 40 million copies worldwide and became the highest selling video album. Nazia and Zoheb released their fourth studio album, Hotline (1987), which featured the duo's younger sister, Zahra Hassan, on tracks "Soja" and "Telephone Pyar". The group released their last studio album Camera Camera in 1992, which was also the first album produced by Zoheb Hassan.
Before the release of their fifth studio album, Nazia and Zoheb announced during a launching ceremony that it would be their last album. The album did not achieved the same success as the previous releases did and only received average reaction from critics. After the album's release, Nazia left her singing career to focus on her personal life. Zoheb went on to pursue his career as a solo artist and released his debut album Kismat in 2006.
Nazia and Zoheb spent their childhood in Karachi as well as London. In late 1970s, both siblings attended and sang at "Sang Sang Chalien" and "Kaliyon Ke Mala", famous musical shows for children hosted by the music maestro Sohail Rana. Ironically, in the early days Zoheb was not so interested in music at all. He used to shy away from TV shows. According to him when it was time to record a show he would hide behind a sofa. But his mother convinced him to accompany Nazia to the children's tv show. Later he developed a keen interest in playing guitar and requested famous musician Alamgir to give him guitar lessons. In mid 70s Nazia and Zoheb's family shifted to London and both continued music but only as a hobby.
It the early part of 1980 the duo's father invited Indian actors Vinod Khanna, Zeenat Aman and Feroz Khan to a dinner while they were in London shooting the film Qurbani. Feroz Khan, who was also the producer of the film, inquired who the guitar in the corner of the dining room belonged. Zoheb promptly answered it was his. He asked Zoheb to play a number. He did so accompanied by Nazia on vocals. Feroz Khan were extremely impressed with the talent of duo and since he required a female vocalist for his film he asked Nazia if she would play back for Zeenat Aman. Luckily their parents agreed and hence a new kind of music never heard before in the sub-continent was introduced what is now Asian pop. Nazia's number "Aap Jaisa Koi" broke all records as the fastest and highest selling record of all time not only in the sub-continent but in all of Asia. The song was a huge success in India and despite Nazia being a Pakistani, she gained overnight fame there.[2] In 1981, Nazia won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Award for the single "Aap Jaisa Koi".
After the success of the song "Aap Jaisa Koi", the film Qurbani became a hit in India and Nazia Hassan along with her brother Zoheb Hassan went on to collaborate with Biddu, a UK based Indian music producer; who also composed the song "Aap Jaisa Koi", on numerous other projects. Nazia became the first playback singer to release a studio album when she and her brother released their debut album Disco Deewane on April 3, 1981. The album broke record sales in Pakistan and India and even topped the charts in the West Indies, Latin America and Russia. This particular album is credited as pioneering the pop culture in the sub continent, outselling international albums such as Saturday Night Fever.
The sales from the group's debut album were over 14 million from all over the world. The album release made both the siblings established musicians in Pakistan. Nazia and Zoheb were called in for an interview by the BBC. Their interview went this way: "This is BBC News from London. Welcome to BBC News Today. We have with us a teenage duo by the name of Nazia and Zoheb from Pakistan, who not only rock the music scene back home but have also revolutionized the Asian Music scene by introducing Asian pop. Their album Disco Deewane has sold over 14 million records, not only in Asia, but, also in far off regions in South America, South Africa and Russia. So tell me Nazia and Zoheb, what is the secret of your success?"
“Well, I don’t know, I think the reason is, we never copied anyone and we've always tried to come up with original music that young people can identify with and above all simply because we do what we enjoy the most,” came the reply from Nazia.
Nazia Hassan recorded some videos in London for her album. She also recorded the English version of the single "Disco Deewane", named "Dreamer Deewane" for the UK charts. The group's debut album became the first Pakistani album to appear on the UK charts.
After the release of their debut album, Nazia and Zoheb were offered by Biddhu to act in the Bollywood movie Star, based on the life of both the brother and sister, but they refused to act and chose singing. On December 31, 1982, the group released their second studio album Boom Boom and was the soundtrack for the film. Nazia made an appearance in the film, singing the film's title song, "Boom Boom". Although the film did do well at the box office, the album was an instant success and lead to increasingly popularity of the pop duo in Pakistan and India.
The song "Nigahoon Say Duur" from the film, sung by Nazia and composed by Biddu, was not included in the album. Whereas, "Khushi (Teri Hai Meri Khushi)" was included in the album but was not featured in the film. All the songs from the album were declared super hit and got a strong position at the local music charts. "Boom Boom" topped the charts internationally. Nazia and Zoheb's second album became the first Pakistani album to have surround quality and Dolby effects.
Nazia and Zoheb released their third full length studio album Young Tarang on December 24, 1984. The album was composed and produced by Biddhu. It was the first album in Pakistan to feature music videos. The album sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and set the record of being the most selling video album of all time.
When both the duo were working on their third studio album, they decided to come up with some new idea. The idea was to produce an album containing music videos. It was totally a different thing in Sub Continent to make the music videos of songs as they were technically so high of cost and expensive. The duo went to directors like John King and Amit Khanna, Amit was famous for his film Sheeshe Ka Ghar in that era, who directed the music videos of the singles "Zara Chera Tu Dekhao", "Sunn" & "Dosti". Four music videos were shot in London, United Kingdom. Amit & John also worked on "Pyar Ka Jadu", "Dum Dum Dede", "Ankhien Milane Wale" & "Aag".
In 1984, Nazia and Zoheb also hosted a television programme called "Young Tarang Show". In 1985, the duo acted in the PTV, Pakistan state television, show "Aap Ke Liye". On November 24, 1987, Nazia and Zoheb released their fourth studio album Hotline. This album was the last album on which the group worked with the Indian producer Biddu. The album featured the duo's younger sister, Zahra Hassan, on tracks "Soja" and "Telephone Pyar".
By the end of the 1980s, Nazia and Zoheb became the most popular pop group of Pakistan. In 1988, Nazia and her brother Zoheb appeared with music maestro Sohail Rana in his television program, "Sung Sung". In the following year, Nazia and Zoheb hosted the groundbreaking show "Music '89". The show was produced by Shoaib Mansoor. It was the first-ever all pop-music stage show airing on television. The show launched the careers of many new rising bands and singers and became a popular show in Pakistan. The show was aired during the reign of General Zia-ul-Haq, Nazia and Zoheb hosted the most highly watched and controversial music ever broadcast on Pakistani television. The reason for its success was that it gave the youth of Pakistan a voice and an opportunity to express themselves in an era that was highly religious and culturally stunted. The programme "Music '89" a show which was watched more than an international cricket match catapulted at that time relatively new acts such as Vital Signs, Jupiters, Ali Azmat, etc. to instant recognition. Nazia Hassan also hosted another show, "Dhanak" on PTV in the same year, 1989.
In 1991, Nazia and Zoheb recorded their fifth studio album, Camera Camera. Before the album's release, Nazia and Zoheb announced that it would be their last album during a launching ceremony held in Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi, Sindh. On May 24, 1992, the duo released their last album composed and produced by Zohaib Hassan and Bappi Lahri. It was not successful like the group's previous albums and received average reaction from critics. In this album Nazia sung a Punjabi song “Tali Thay Thale” which ruled the music world in Pakistan just like before when "Aap Jaisa Koi" was released 12 years ago. This song was composed by Mian Sallahudin Yousaf and Zoheb Hassan. The album as an overall was a huge hit in Indonesia and Pakistan. The album also proved to be In the last album of Zoheb Hassan with his sister Nazia Hassan, due to Nazia's health concerns was geared to propagate an anti narcotics campaign with songs like "Nasha Na Karo". This album topped the charts in Indonesia, outselling George Michael. Zoheb Hassan's blockbusters like 'Wala Wai' and 'Kyun' proved his vocal versatility.
After the album's release, Nazia left her singing career to focus on her personal life. The composer of her albums, Biddu had composed a song, Made in India and wanted Nazia to sing in it but the retired Nazia refused to sing a song that may offend Pakistan. After Nazia's refusal, the song was offered to Alisha Chinai, who accepted the offer and marked the birth of Indipop. In 1995, Nazia went on to marry and decide not to sing again. Zoheb went on to handling his father's extensive business in Pakistan and the UK. He was also appointed Advisor to Governor Sindh for the Image Promotion of the Province of Sindh.
Nazia died of lung cancer in London on August 13, 2000 at the age of 35.[4] She was admitted to North Finchley Hospice three days earlier when her condition deteriorated. She showed signs of mild recovery the day before she passed away and it was thought that doctors would allow her to go home. But early Sunday morning, her mother, Muneeza Hasan, was called to the hospital where her daughter had started coughing heavily at around 9:15am. She died within minutes. Nazia is buried at the Muslim Hendon Cemetery in London.
On Saturday, March 9, 2002 at the Nazia Hassan Tribute Concert, held in Karachi, the classic lineup of Vital Signs performed together on stage—for the first time in almost 7 years. The concert was attended by an enthusiastic audience and it was their original line-up which went up on stage, a line-up that hadn't played together ever since mid-1990, but still stole the show. The Vital Signs, reunited for a nostalgic 30-minute-stint at the high-profile Nazia Hassan Tribute Concert. The band realized that though a whole new generation of pop fans has grown up and their brand of pop music is still well remembered. After the Nazia Tribute Concert, the pop industry was rife with speculations that the Vital Signs were set to record their long-awaited fifth album but these speculations were denied by the band.[5] On March 23, 2002 the Government of Pakistan has conferred upon Nazia Hassan the highest civilian award Pride of Performance. The award was presented to Mrs. Muniza Basir, mother of Nazia Hassan, by the President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf in an official ceremony held at Islamabad.
In 2003, Nazia's family established a charitable organization named after her. The organization was established in continuation of her life long charitable and social efforts to make the world a better place to live in for all irrespective of colour, creed or religion.
Her brother Zohaib Hassan help set up a charity foundation named after her to help in creating support systems for children in need as well as providing homes for them. The foundation also sponsors awards in recognition of individuals who promote greater harmony between cultures. The recipients of these awards will be selected from all fields ranging from music and the arts to science, sport, business, engineering, humanities and charitable work, politics, etc. The Nazia Hassan Foundation seeks to promote fusion between different cultures, traditions and beliefs.
Zoheb Hassan acted in the drama serial "Kismat" in 2006 and released his solo album of the same title in 2006. This article contains official information and all the information has been confirmed by Nazia & Zoheb's Family.
Pakistan's vibrant contemporary music scene owes itself to Nazia Hassan's redefinition of pop. In fact, the biggest nineties bands including the Vital Signs and the Jupiters got a platform on "Music '89". Nazia also had a seismic impact in India. She has contributed to the development of the present isomorphism of Bollywood music and pop: “She set - well ahead of its time - the personal album trend in India”, spawning the likes of Alisha Chinai, Lucky Ali and Shweta Shetty. After the huge success of their music, Nazia and Zoheb were signed by EMI Group and were the first South Asian singers to be signed by an international music company.
Besides music, Nazia and Zoheb has the honour of starting a noble trend of working for the under privileged and poor. All their money earned from music was spent for charity. Both the brother and sister supported the “Inner Wheel Club” of India to help with funds for them. In Pakistan, an organization “BAN” for fighting against the curse of narcotics was established. Nazia and her brother belonged to many charity organizations and worked with their mother Muniza Basir in the low income areas of Karachi to help the needy and sick. Nazia and Zoheb worked with Javed Jabbar, former Information Minister, to raise funds for children in Rajasthan. Nazia Hassan went to a very large number of schools to collect toys for the poor children and gave talks on the subject of social awareness for the under privileged. Nazia never forgot the love and support of all the schools and always spoke with great affection for them. The worthy staff and the students of St Joseph’s Convent School, Mama Parsi School and many others had gone out of their way to help the cause.
Surprisingly, music was only a hobby for Nazia and though her achievements in this field were any one’s dream come true, she lived away from the glitzy world and led a secluded and simple life. She completed her education in the UK, got a law degree and then worked in the United Nations in the Security Council. Nazia continued her social work even in New York and worked for children from the UN platform.
Nazia Hassan is known to be the "Sweetheart of Pakistan" and today is still the symbol of grace, sacred beauty and innocence and is frequently compared to Princess Diana as she was known to possess a heart of gold. Nazia and Zoheb both spent their teenage lives between Karachi and London.[citation needed].

 

Nusrat Hussain

 Nusrat Hussain started in the music industry with Vital Signs, and he even appeared in the "Dil Dil Pakistan" video. Earlier, he played keyboards with bands that his frieds formed in Islamabad.
When Salman Ahmed, a member of the band (but who was not in the band when the Dil Dil Pakistan video was released) went his separate way, Nusrat joined him to form a Band with Ali Azmat as lead vocalist, a band called Junoon. If Vital Signs were the pioneers of pop music in Pakistan, Junoon were the pioneer of sufi rock[citation needed], an eclectic mix of rock'n'roll and traditional ethnic music with religious undertones.
After spending some time with Vital Signs, and Junoon, Hussain ventured on his own and released a solo album titled (Amrit). It was a sincere effort that reflected Nusrat's skills and experience in the music industry. Unfortunately, the album did not do quite as well as expected. It could have been that he was a relatively unknown in the pop music scene.
Nusrat Hussain is a professional pilot and flies the Airbus A310 of Pakistan International Airlines as a Captain (PIA).


Najam Sheraz

 Najam Sheraz is a Pakistani pop singer, musician, composer and comedy actor. He is most prolific singer; indeed he is a household name in Pakistan. Many of his songs have become anthems the world over. His latest album, eight in his career, "Najam" has been released recently both in India and Pakistan. His global peace song "Only Love" was selected by International Olympics Committee for Beijings Olympics 2008 Torch Relay in Islamabad.
Najam Sheraz was born in Multan, Pakistan on August 2, 1969. A natural sportsman, he played professional cricket with cricketing legends such as Inzamam-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis, and Mushtaq Ahmed. He is graduate of University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore where he studied and graduate in B. Tech. in civil engineering. He formed his first band with his elder brothers Booby (Dr. Zubair Adnan in Rawalpindi Pakistan) and Joji (Salman Nadeem in Brampton, ON, Canada) called Brother Rhythm in 1987. Both brothers till date seriously consider themselves better, more sophisticated music lovers and musicians than the much famous younger brother.
His second band came together in 1989. Wet Metal was at that time considered the best live band in the circuit. Performing in almost 1,000 shows all over the country, Najam Sheraz established himself as one of the strongest voices on stage.
He has sung and composed song for the new Aditya Narayan Movie Shaapit, titled "TERE BINA JIYA NA JAYE"
In December 1993 the band members parted ways and Najam Sheraz began working on his solo career. His first solo single, 'In Sae Nain', was released in September 1994. It was an instant hit, selling more than 300,000 copies. 'Sohna Chata Hoon' his second single, received critical acclaim with its release in March 1995. It was soon followed by the release of his first solo album 'Khazana' in February 1996 and the video release of 'Larki', which brought him to the forefront of the musical mainstream. 'Khazana' sold a million copies, supported by the videos 'Aajana' 'Yeh Baat Kise Maloom Nahin' and 'Pyar Ki Piyas'. This album took Najam on his first foreign tour to Bahrain where he achieved huge success.
The lyrics of the song "Pyar Ki Pyas" were penned by Tahir Gul Hasan for a pop band named Wet Metal that had Najam Sheraz as the lead singer. The music was composed, played (except the lead guitar), recorded and mixed by Tahir at his own studios: Sound On Sound, Karachi.
Wet Metal's entire album's lyrics, music and recording came from Tahir Gul Hasan but the group disbanded before the album was finished. In 1993, "Pyar Ki Piyas" became the band's first single on TV. Najam Sheraz would later use "Pyar Ki Pyas" in his successful studio album: Khazana.
His next project was an experimental album, an eastern classical-rock fusion called 'Rakh Aas' with the band Karavan in November 1997.
His second solo album, 'Roop Nagar', was released in 1999 in Pakistan. Its first video release, 'Pal Do Pal Ki Chahat', was the first 35 mm music video to ever be produced in Pakistan. Najam was instantly signed by Pepsi Cola International in Pakistan and BMG-Cresendo in India. This album took him on his first North American tour to more than 10 cities. He also performed in Kuwait, where he was the first ever live act from Pakistan, and was especially well received.He has worked intensively in Europe and India with frequent visits to North America as well. His song for Anti Narcotics Force in 2007 became the Force's anthem and he has been acclaimed as an Ambassador-at-large by the ANF for his work with youth and deprived classes.
Sheraz's first international release in 2000 was 'Pal Do Pal Ki Chahat'. In the same year, 20th Century Fox launched the film Split Wide Open. Sheraz's song 'Mera Jee Nahin Laage' was included on the soundtrack along with Air Supply, Asha Bhosle and Garbage. With this achievement, Najam Sheraz became the second Pakistani artist after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to be included on the soundtrack of an international film.
In February 2000, Sheraz released his first Punjabi album, 'Pyar Karannu Dil Karda', which produced hits like 'Pyar Karannu Dil Karda', 'Rabba', and 'Kajla'.
In February 2002 he released his fifth album, 'Jaisay Chaho Jiyo', which produced hits like 'Jaisay Chaho Jiyo', 'Ahista Ahista' and the huge success 'Aao Wahan Chalen'.
The Cricket World Cup of 2002 saw the success of 'Jeeto Mere Laal', which was also dedicated to the Pakistani Blind Cricket World Cup Champions.
In the Ramadan of 2002, the hamd 'Yeh Mamla Koi Aur Hai' became a major hit. The intensity and spirit of the song became so popular that it precedes every concert performance and audiences of every age and creed join voices in its recitation.
On 14 August, 2003 saw the launch of 'Hamari Pehchan' and 'Gillay Shikway Sub Bhula Do'. 'Hamari Pehchan' was directed towards raising nationalistic spirit, whereas 'Gillay Shikway Sub Bhula Do' focused on reuniting towards peace and brotherhood.
'Shahpar', a song about the Pakistan Air Force, was released on 6 September, 2003.
The Ramadan of 2003 saw the release of the album 'Yeh Mamla Koi Aur Hai'. Its release was imminent due to the success of the single of the same name in 2002. It included other naats such as 'Rahain Bhatakne Walay', 'In Fizaon Sae Aage', 'Gillay Shikway Sub Bhula Do', 'Shahpar', 'Aae Watan Pyare Watan', Allama Iqbal's 'Lab Pae Aati Hai Dua' and 'Kar Liya Sauda'.


Rabi Peerzada

 Rabi Peerzada (also spelled as Rabi Pirzada), is a Pakistani pop singer. She was born in Quetta on February 3, but natively belongs to Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. She is a daughter of Ex Pak army officer Major Humayoon Peerzada. She is the only female Karate Black-belt holder from Punjab province.
Rabi Peerzada was a drummer and an occasional singer in her college life. But she was started her career as a Host for weekly television show Sunday Ke Sunday, she also hosted a musical show Sur Sangeet. Rabi was also worked in television play Koi To Aaye Ga as an actress.
Her first song was Dadi Kuree released in 2004, Dadi Kuree, brought Rabi a lot of popularity. Her first music album Jadoo was released in 2005. In 2006, she was released her second album Mujhe Ishq Hai.
In December 23, 2006 she was married to Ali.

 

Raheem Shah

 Rahim Shah born December 12, 1975) is a leading Pakistani pop singer. He started from Peshawar, NWFP, and is currently based in Karachi, Pakistan. He sings in Pashto, Urdu and Punjabi. He is an ethnic Pashtun.
Shah was born in Karachi where he was cultured and educated yet his ancestry origin is from Swat which has been the reason for the dearth of apparent Pashto vision in his life. Shah is multi-lingual and is fluent in Pashto, Urdu and Punjabi.Swat is his ancestral home, he speaks his ethnic language Pashto fluently.
Shah's solo career began in the late 1990s with lots of hits to his credit from the onset, to mention the song Ghum which broke popularity records. Ghum isn't Rahim Shah's personal composition; it is an English folk song or tappa, sung by an anonymous singer. Haroon Bacha, a well-known Pashtun singer also sang Ghum, but it was Shah who made the song a hit because he translated the ‘tappa’ into Urdu and gave the song his own arrangement. In a short span of time, Shah has shown his singing talent beyond belief. He sang Ghum under the supervision of Salman Alvin and recorded his album working extremely hard on making it different to others. The song turned out to be a huge hit and was highly appreciated by the people. The song was plagiarised by Indian singer Altaf Raja who copied Shah's version of the song Ghum and through that Raja gained popularity on satellite channels.
His Pashto album Peera became an instant hit after its release. Another album called Sabaru had success with the tracks Tap Tap and Payal, in the same year he released another Pashto album titled Medda Medda. After taking a short time of reflection he returned back to work bringing another hit with the song Channa. He also worked on three videos that were Priya and Rang Lai Mehndi, directed by Sarwar whereas Suhail Javed directed his third video Tere Ishq Ne. Shah also sang Jhoola, which he wrote and dedicated to his mother whom he dearly loves.
Shah once said the only difference he saw between his debut album and his current album is the music arrangement.
His new ‘12 track’ album has taken a year to produce and will be released by the help of Fire Records. Shah has placed a real touch to his arrangements and used authentic music in the songs. The album contains music from three genres: film based music, folk music and pop music. Currently he has also been working on a video with professional focus on high budget videos with visual and marketing aids, which are an essential requirement within today’s music industry. Shah is known to have said, "There is no doubt that we (Pakistani’s) have got very good music but they (Indians) have a very good market.
Shah attracted the attention of Indian audience with his song Pehli Tu Kabhi Kabhi Gham Tha, a tune which was sung in Pashto by renowned Pashto singer Haroon Bacha. This was later re-copied by Indian singer Altaf Raja. Shah still has somewhat of a fan base in India.
Shah's favourite singers are Salman Alvi, Nayyara Noor, Sonu Nigam and Asha. He has interest in welfare work but doesn't like to ask for donations. He said about his short hair, "it’s better a singer is remembered for his cheerful sweet sounding vocals than his long hair".

 

Shehzad Roy

 Shehzad Roy is a singer and humanitarian from Karachi, Pakistan. With five hit albums under his belt, including the 2008 Qismat Apney Haath Mein (Fate Lies in One’s Own Hands), he is also the president and founder of Zindagi Trust, a non-profit charitable organization, that seeks to educate the underprivileged children of Pakistan.
In June 2004, Roy was honored as one of the youngest ever recipient of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, which is one of the highest Civil Honors awarded in Pakistan for excellence in serving humanity. For his organization’s earthquake rehabilitation in Kashmir, he was awarded the Sitara-e-Eisaar. He was also selected to be a torch bearer for the 2008 Olympic Torch relay as the pride of Pakistan. Recently, Roy took the city of Chicago by storm when he was awarded the 2008 Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship award for excellence in social entrepreneurship.
Roy was born in Karachi, Pakistan on February 16 1977. He made his debut in music in 1995 with his first album Zindagi. At the time, he was only in grade 11. Even though he went on to get a Bachelors in Commerce, it was clear to him that music was going to be his career. From a young age, he was struck by the huge class divide in Pakistan's society. When his cousins would visit from overseas, they would ask him why the street children were not in school studying. Roy of course did not have an answer. It pained him to see these young children who had no future and who were never going to break free of poverty. Determined to help these children, he established a non- government organization, Zindagi Trust, in 2002. The organization's objective was to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of Pakistan.
Roy has dedicated his life to the establishment of Zindagi Trust (founded in 2002), the non-for-profit charity helping the underprivileged children of Pakistan. He uses the proceeds from his concerts to fund the trust's operations.
10.5 million children in Pakistan are currently employed in factories, cottage industries, or on the streets as vendors to support their families and are deprived of education. At the age of 25, in 2002, Roy pioneered the concept of I-am-paid-to-learn that provides child laborers with monetary compensation for attending Zindagi Trust educational units. The vocational and practical teaching methods along with incentives for children to attend make it a viable solution to Pakistan's urban illiteracy. Roy has established 35 educational units with 3000 children being educated in the most impoverished regions of Pakistan.
Even though the program was a great success, Roy realized that the “I am paid to learn” initiative was not enough to educate the masses. Of the almost 28 million kids that are in school, nearly 19 million, or two-thirds, attend public schools. Unfortunately, the public schooling system in Pakistan has completely collapsed. The school culture, from kindergarten to grade 10, has become one of rote learning, cheating and many other vices. Currently, all public schools have to use government textbooks that are several decades old. The books are dull, with unattractive layouts, and encourage memorization. So even after students spend 10 years in a public school, they have no critical thinking skills and often can not even write a letter in proper Urdu, their own mother tongue.
“Everyone is worried about the millions of children not going to school”, Roy says, “but I'm just as worried about the millions of children who are going to public schools!” In 2006, Roy became an advocate for quality government education for all in Pakistan. Zindagi Trust along with Bookgroup (a partner organization) attained management of SMB Fatima Jinnah Girls Government School in Karachi, from the government. Roy’s objective was to turn around this public school into a model school and then push the government to replicate it in all public schools of Pakistan.
Zindagi Trust started with civil works. Even though this public school was termed as one of the city's "best", it was in an appalling condition. The school grounds were being rented out in the evenings for private parties and other functions. The food remains would, in turn, attract dogs and rodents. In fact, when the trust went for its initial inspection, they found a decaying dog body in the kindergarten room. The school water lines were mixed up with the sewage line. There were heaps and heaps of garbage and some walls were on the verge of collapse. Roy not only renovated the existing structure but also went on to add more facilities such as a library, cafeteria, computer lab, health room, audio-visual room etc, that did not exist before. You can see the "before" and "after" pictures of the school
Roy was criticized for trying to bring Pakistan's outdated school syllabus into the 21st century: “Trying to alter the mind-set of the people is the most grueling task,” he says, “and therefore we have to battle with forces that are too complacent with the status quo.” For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Zindagi Trust and Bookgroup replaced these out-dated government textbooks with thought- provoking and imaginative textbooks. Modern learning modules were introduced such as art, photography, rollerblading, rowing to nurture individual talent. These students are now participating in sports and art competitions and are winning against top private schools.
The public school teachers have drastically improved their performance. The same teachers who came late every day are now well prepared for class and are taking an interest in their students' performance. Significant turnaround has been seen in students' test results and their critical thinking skills. The school's success has led many in Pakistan to speculate that the future of Pakistan lies in the capable hands of the young breed of philanthropists like Roy.
Zindagi Trust has set a precedent for how a public school should function. In 2010, their aim is to set up a similar model in other Pakistani provinces and achieve a critical mass that will enable them to pressurize the government into replicating this model in all public schools.
As Roys’s humanitarian reach grew, so did the tone of his songs. He went from mainly singing romantic songs to songs that reflected social issues. In 2007, Shehzad Roy came out with a musical collaboration between him and queen of Sufi soul, Abida Parveen. Previously , she has never collaborated with any other musician on any project and this is also her first proper music video to date.
The song, titled Zindagi, was rooted on his latest venture — Equality in Education. Shehzad Roy isn’t the primary vocalist, leaving that to Abida, and prefers to sing only the title throughout the composition: Aao de dein inhein zindagi (Let’s give them life). According to Roy, she added an amazing spiritual element to the song.
In 2008 Roy came out with a bang with the release of his socio-political defiant album, Qismat Apnay Haat Mein, (Fate Lies in One’s Own Hands) that he launched at the Karachi Juvenile Prison at Central Jail, in July 2008. He underscored the need to rehabilitate Pakistan’s justice system that ignores the pitiable conditions of many prisoners, most of whom have spent many years in jail just waiting on their court hearing.
In order to promote cross-border cultural exchange with India, he sang a hit duet with Indian singer Sukhbir in 2005. To promote cultural awareness through music, Shehzad Roy brought Bryan Adams to Pakistan for a charity concert to aid the victims of the tragic October 2005 earthquake. Bryan Adams commended Shehzad Roy for his efforts in education. Adams also pointed out that one need not look for inspiration elsewhere when it came to material for music, as there was so much to write and sing about right here in Pakistan.
The soundtrack of Akshay Kumar's movie "Khatta Meetha" features a song by Shehzad Roy. The song, titled "Bullshit" has been composed, written and sung in Pakistan. Khatta Meetha is a political satire revealing the rampant corruption in the Indian bureaucratic system. Akshay Kumar was looking for a theme track for his movie when he first met Shehzad Roy. He was immediately taken by Roy's song "Laga Reh" and "Qismat Apne Haath Mein" and asked Roy to make an original song with the same theme.
This is the first time that a song, of this political nature, has been exported from Pakistan to India.

Salman Ahmad


Salman Ahmad is a Pakistani musician and former actor, who used to be a member of Vital Signs but left after their debut album due to creative differences. He went on to form Junoon, South Asia's biggest and longest-lasting rock band. While still enjoying the success of Junoon, he was involved in two documentaries with the BBC and is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS. Ahmad is working towards spreading awareness about HIV in South Asia, and helping to bring peace between Pakistan and India. Ahmad is currently teaching at Queens College, City University of New York. Although Junoon's two other core members - Ali Azmat and Brain O'Connell - left the band in 2005, Salman Ahmad continues to perform as a solo artist under the "Junoon" label and has moved to New York after his solo career failed to take off in
Pakistan. Salman Ahmad has also released one album as a solo artist, "Infiniti" in 2005.
Ahmad started his music career with Vital Signs, but left after their debut album due to creative differences. In 1990, Ahmad formed Junoon, South Asia's biggest and longest-lasting rock band, along with Ali Azmat. After Junoon's international acclaim and success, Ahmad reached new heights, which included being an ambassador for peace with numerous international awards under his belt.
Ahmad released his first solo album, Infiniti, in mid-2005, but contrary to rumors, he did not dissolve Junoon. The first video for Infiniti was "Al-Vida", which aimed to promote HIV awareness, and featured famous Pakistani actress Nadia Jamil playing the role of a woman whose husband dies of AIDS; Jamil's character goes on to educate street people about preventing the disease.
He also played an important role in raising funds and awareness for the massive earthquake that hit Pakistan in October, 2005. In September 2006, Ahmad was personally invited by former US President Bill Clinton to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative panel in New York on September 21, which featured many other prominent guests such as Bill Gates, Pervez Musharraf, Queen Rania, and others.
Ahmad also appeared on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, the PBS documentary The Rock Star and The Mullahs, and the BBC documentary It's My Country Too. He also appeared on CNN and NPR to speak on behalf of Pakistanis and Muslims.
In an interview with ARY One World in 2007, Ahmad said he would be working with Madonna and Bono. He has been touring actively, performing and speaking at prestigious U.S. institutions such as Columbia University, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Purdue, Stanford, MIT, and UT Austin.
He has also been teaching a class on music titled "Islamic Music and Culture of South Asia", as a guest faculty at Queens College. This year, he started his second semester as a guest faculty.[1] Ahmad also worked with Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan and Dave Stewart to record a song for 'Green Peace', which was produced and mixed by Junoon's producer John Alec.
Ahmad performed at the Cherry Blossom Festival on April 6, 2008 in Washington DC. He also performed in Toronto on November 4, 2008 at Roy Thomson Hall as part of the sold-out 'A Mystical Journey concert'. With stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal, and featuring 60 musicians and dancers from various parts of the Muslim world, the concert marked the Golden Jubilee initiative of His Highness Prince Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims.
On December 10, 2007 Ahmed and Indian tabla maestro Samir Chatterjee performed together at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo City Hall in the honour of the former American vice president Al Gore and the United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who were the winners of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2007.
On March 1, 2008, Ahmad performed with Yale Strom (a world leading Klezmer artist) at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights[2] as part of another "Common Chords II" concert[3] celebrating Muslim and Jewish Music. He also performed with Oscar and multi Grammy award winner Melissa Etheridge, with whom he recorded a duet called "Ring the Bells". Etheridge hoped to present this track to President-elect Barack Obama. They also performed at Etheridge's album release concerts in New Jersey and Atlantic City in November 2008.
About these performances, Ahmad said; “I dedicate these performances to the Pakistan lawyers movement for the restoration of the Supreme Court judges and independence of the judiciary as well as Pakistan's civil society, media, students and rights activists who have heroically protested against the Musharraf government's illegal action of imposing emergency in Pakistan.”


Sajjad Ali

Sajjad Ali is a Pakistani semi-classical, pop singer, film actor, director and producer. He is trained in classical singing.
His father, Shafqat Hussain (Sajan), was a Pakistani film actor and also a cricketer. Before Sajjad was born, he appeared for the first time in a film, Badal Aur Bijli in 1973. Sajjad did his F.A from National Art's College, because of which, his father, Hussain started teaching music to him with his classical collections. During Sajjad's training, Hussain played music from classical artists such as Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustaad Barkat Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan.
Sajjad's first classical hit album, 'Master Sajjad Sings Memorable Classics' was released in 1979 by EMI-Pakistan.The musicians were Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali and Amanat Ali Khan, while most of the songs were written by Hasrat Mohani, Momin and others.
Sajjad made his television debut in a program, Aap Janab by Athar Shah Khan. After this, he appeared in Rung Barangi Duniya by musician Sohail Rana. He also performed in a program Rag Rung in 1980 at the age of 14, however on the 25th anniversary of PTV's stage show, called Silver Jubilee by Shoaib Mansoor, Sajjad got real fame through the song, Banwari Chakori, originally sung by Noor Jehan.On November 26, 1983, during a show, Sajjad sung the songs, Lagi Ray Lagay Lagan Yehe Dil Mein and Bawari Chakuri.
He produced Babia 93, Chief Saab and Sohni Lag Di.
His brother Waqar Ali is also in the music industry. Sajjad along with his brother, wrote lyrics for most of the songs in his albums, while lyricists, Sabir Zafar, Mohammad Nasir, Nadeem Asad, and Ali Moin have also wrote some songs.
In July 2006, Sajjad released a single called Chal Rein De, a more classical song. On 3 September 2006, he released another single in a totally different genre with the help of Meloscience Corp. The song is known as Sajjad-Ali Sinsym Flight, and it is an experimental, jazzy, Sufi beat. In late April 2008, Sajjad released his album, Chahar Balish, which contained new tracks as well as some previous tracks such as Chal Rein De.
On 25 March 2010, Sajjad joined U.S. to promote "Life". He performed at the launch of a new music video produced by the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN), a U.S. assistance program.
[edit] Films and television
Sajjad directed his first telefilm, Love Letter in 1989, and then his first full length motion picture, Aik Aur Love Story in 1998.[5] Before that, he also performed as an actor and a singer in a film, Munda Tera Deewana which was directed by Zahoor Husain Gillani.[5] Sajjad has also sang songs for drama serials, Teri Yaad in drama serial Thori Khushi Thora Ghum (which was onair on PTV), Na Boloon Gi in Na Tum Jano Na Hum Janain (ARY Digital) and Sunn Leyna in Sunn Leyna ( ARY Digital ).His brother, Waqar Ali also helped him during the making of these songs as he is credited too.
Sajjad is appearing with his new song in Shoaib Mansoor's upcoming film Bol which is releasing in January 2010 as announced on the official website. Sajjad has confirmed that this song have been recorded in his own studio in Dubai and by the name of Din Pareshan, according to sajjad ali this song is different from the song in his album Chahar Balish which has also the same title.
[edit] Critical acclaim
Musician, A.R. Rahman has described Sajjad as the original crossover. : "From the realm of the classical, he metamorphosed into one of the brightest lights of Pakistani pop.Always striking the right note, and never missing a beat, even the most hardened purist has to give Sajjad his due. This man can breathe life in a Ghazal even as he puts the V back into verve. He is one of the very few singers in Pakistan who seems a complete singer. As far as skill is concerned I feel nobody compares to Sajjad Ali. He is simply too good at everything he chooses to create."
Hans Raj Hans had said:"If I were to be reborn again, I'd like to be born as Sajjad Ali"



Sajjad Ali

Sajjad Ali is a Pakistani semi-classical, pop singer, film actor, director and producer. He is trained in classical singing.
His father, Shafqat Hussain (Sajan), was a Pakistani film actor and also a cricketer. Before Sajjad was born, he appeared for the first time in a film, Badal Aur Bijli in 1973. Sajjad did his F.A from National Art's College, because of which, his father, Hussain started teaching music to him with his classical collections. During Sajjad's training, Hussain played music from classical artists such as Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustaad Barkat Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan.
Sajjad's first classical hit album, 'Master Sajjad Sings Memorable Classics' was released in 1979 by EMI-Pakistan.The musicians were Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali and Amanat Ali Khan, while most of the songs were written by Hasrat Mohani, Momin and others.
Sajjad made his television debut in a program, Aap Janab by Athar Shah Khan. After this, he appeared in Rung Barangi Duniya by musician Sohail Rana. He also performed in a program Rag Rung in 1980 at the age of 14, however on the 25th anniversary of PTV's stage show, called Silver Jubilee by Shoaib Mansoor, Sajjad got real fame through the song, Banwari Chakori, originally sung by Noor Jehan.On November 26, 1983, during a show, Sajjad sung the songs, Lagi Ray Lagay Lagan Yehe Dil Mein and Bawari Chakuri.
He produced Babia 93, Chief Saab and Sohni Lag Di.
His brother Waqar Ali is also in the music industry. Sajjad along with his brother, wrote lyrics for most of the songs in his albums, while lyricists, Sabir Zafar, Mohammad Nasir, Nadeem Asad, and Ali Moin have also wrote some songs.
In July 2006, Sajjad released a single called Chal Rein De, a more classical song. On 3 September 2006, he released another single in a totally different genre with the help of Meloscience Corp. The song is known as Sajjad-Ali Sinsym Flight, and it is an experimental, jazzy, Sufi beat. In late April 2008, Sajjad released his album, Chahar Balish, which contained new tracks as well as some previous tracks such as Chal Rein De.
On 25 March 2010, Sajjad joined U.S. to promote "Life". He performed at the launch of a new music video produced by the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN), a U.S. assistance program.
[edit] Films and television
Sajjad directed his first telefilm, Love Letter in 1989, and then his first full length motion picture, Aik Aur Love Story in 1998.[5] Before that, he also performed as an actor and a singer in a film, Munda Tera Deewana which was directed by Zahoor Husain Gillani.[5] Sajjad has also sang songs for drama serials, Teri Yaad in drama serial Thori Khushi Thora Ghum (which was onair on PTV), Na Boloon Gi in Na Tum Jano Na Hum Janain (ARY Digital) and Sunn Leyna in Sunn Leyna ( ARY Digital ).His brother, Waqar Ali also helped him during the making of these songs as he is credited too.
Sajjad is appearing with his new song in Shoaib Mansoor's upcoming film Bol which is releasing in January 2010 as announced on the official website. Sajjad has confirmed that this song have been recorded in his own studio in Dubai and by the name of Din Pareshan, according to sajjad ali this song is different from the song in his album Chahar Balish which has also the same title.
[edit] Critical acclaim
Musician, A.R. Rahman has described Sajjad as the original crossover. : "From the realm of the classical, he metamorphosed into one of the brightest lights of Pakistani pop.Always striking the right note, and never missing a beat, even the most hardened purist has to give Sajjad his due. This man can breathe life in a Ghazal even as he puts the V back into verve. He is one of the very few singers in Pakistan who seems a complete singer. As far as skill is concerned I feel nobody compares to Sajjad Ali. He is simply too good at everything he chooses to create."
Hans Raj Hans had said:"If I were to be reborn again, I'd like to be born as Sajjad Ali"



Usman Shani

 Usman Shani married Aeysha Nida Yusuf on December 22, 2007.
Usman Shani has released 2 albums and 2 of his tracks, one from each album has become a hit. Album titles are:
    * Morey Nain
    * Jaisay Jantay Nahein
"Morey Nain" features the famous solo, "Hath se Hath" - and the other album has the hit track "Jaise Jante Nahin". graduation in interior designing from NCA Lahore. From a very young age Usman Shani liked musical instruments more than toys and he was greatly inspired by his father who was a music lover and used to play a few musical instruments like sitar,flute etc.
As time passed Usman's attraction converted into passion and he decided to take it as a profession. Usman Shani has also taken basic classical music training from late Ustad Talib Hussain Jafri. Usman Shani is of the view that Classical music is base and without base nothing is complete.If someone wants to do well in music he must learn classical music.
Usman Shani was and still is a great fan of Mohammad Rafi. Usman Shani is in process of finalizing few songs for Pakistani and Indian films. In future,Usman has the desire to do more film songs because Usman feels that his voice is more suitable for film playback.
Usman Shani can play a Harmonium and a Guitar, but his wish is to play all music instruments in the world because dozens of instruments attract him so much. Being a playback singer and having classical training Usman loves to sing live.
In Usman's opinion, one thing which needs serious attention is that there is no music academy in Pakistan. It should have been done much earlier because the new generation has no idea how much they can learn from our musical heritage and this is only possible through an academy. That's why he has the wish to found a music academy in the future.[citation needed]
Usman Shani has stated in one place that he is soon to become an actor. Usman Shani is acting in an air force Drama Serial 'Wusatain' Written by 'Amjad Islam Amjad' and produced by 'ARY DIGITAL'. Once the drama has been released, and played on the TV, only then we would be able to see if he is a successful actor.
Kashmir Orphans Relief Trust (K.O.R.T) started after the devastating earthquake that happened on the 8th October 2005 in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

Waqar Ali

 Waqar Ali is a Pakistani musician and singer in Pakistan. Ali has produced many albums and singles for the Pakistan film industry. His father is director Shafqat Hussein and he often works with his older brother Sajjad. Ali composed the 1998 film Aik Aur love story ans is the composer of the 2007 Pakistani TV series "Sill".


Zohaib Hassan

 Zoheb Hassan (born: November 18, 1966) is a self retired Pakistani pop icon, and left the music industry after the sad demise of his sister and sub-continental pop legend, Nazia Hassan.
Zoheb Hassan was born on November 18, 1963. Zoheb Hassan is now CEO of B&H International Pvt Limited one of Pakistan's leading media & entertainment companies and Director of Hassan International, a leading Pakistani real estate group with substantial holdings in the UK. He is also the Advisor to Governor Sindh and holds office at the prestigious Governor House in Karachi. Zoheb is presently organising Pakistan's 4th Media & Entertainment  which held in June 2009.
He and his late sister Nazia spent their childhood in Karachi as well as London. In late 1970s, both siblings attended and sang at "Sang Sang Chalien" and "Kaliyon Ke Mala", famous musical shows for children hosted by the music maestro Suhail Rana. Ironically, in the early days Zoheb was not so interested in music at all. He used to shy away from TV shows. According to him when it was time to record a show he would hide behind a sofa. But his mother convinced him to accompany Nazia to the children's tv show. Later he developed a keen interest in playing guitar and requested famous musician Alamgir to give him guitar lessons. In mid 70s Nazia and Zoheb's family shifted to London and both continued music but only as a hobby.
It the early part of 1980 Hassan's father invited Indian actors Vinod Khanna, Zeenat Aman and Feroz Khan to a dinner while they were in London shooting the film Qurbani. Feroz Khan, who was also the producer of the film, inquired who the guitar in the corner of the dining room belonged. Zoheb promptly answered it was his. He asked Zoheb to play a number. He did so accompanied by Nazia on vocals. Feroz Khan were extremely impressed with the talent of duo and since he required a female vocalist for his film he asked Nazia if she would play back for Zeenat Aman. Luckily their parents agreed and hence a new kind of music never heard before in the sub-continent was introduced what is now Asian pop. Nazia's number "AAp Jaisa Koi" broke all records as the fastest and highest selling record of all time not only in the sub-continent but in all of Asia.
Later Zoheb debuted in 1981 with album Disco Deewane, a groundbreaking[citation needed] album that was a mega hit[citation needed] in over 23 countries of the world. This particular album is credited[by whom?] as pioneering the pop culture in sub-continent, outselling international albums such as Saturday Night Fever. Indian pop singers like Lucky Ali, Alisha Chinoy and Baba Sehgal, and Pakistani pop singers like Vital Signs, all are said to be inspired by the early work of Nazia and Zoheb Hassan.[citation needed]
In 1982, Nazia and Zoheb released their second album Star/Boom Boom, once again achieving great success, Star was a bollywood movie and Zoheb rendered majors hit like 'Ooee Ooee, Dheree Dheree and Zindagi. Star was followed by yet another two hit album "Young Tarang" (1984), and "Hot Line" (1987) making Nazia and Zoheb into the most famous duo of Asia comparable to the Carpenters and Donnie and Marie Osmond. Nazia Hassan and Zoheb Hassan are still regarded[by whom?] as the most influential international artists to come out of the sub-continent.
Zoheb sang duet songs with his sister Nazia; famous songs include "Dosti", "Tere Qadmon ko", and "Dum Dum DeDe". He also scored hit solo songs, including "Zara Chehra to", "Paisa" and "Pyaar ka jaadu".
During the reign of General Zia, Nazia and Zoheb hosted the most highly watched and controversial music ever broadcast on Pakistani television. The reason for its success was that it gave the youth of Pakistan a voice and an opportunity to express themselves in an era that was highly religious and culturally stunted. The programme Music '89 a show which was watched more than an international cricket match catapulted at that time relatively new acts such as Vital Signs, Jupiters, Ali Azmat, etc to instant recognition.
In 1992 Zoheb Hassan released last album with his sister Nazia Hassan, Camera Camera; it was huge hit in Indonesia and Pakistan. The album which was to be their last due to Nazia's health concerns was geared to propagate an anti narcotics campaign with songs like "Nasha Na Karo". This album topped the charts in Indonesia, outselling George Michael. Zoheb Hassan's blockbusters like 'Wala Wai' and 'Keon' proved his vocal versatility.
In 1995, Nazia went on to marry. The marriage ended in divorce just before the demise of Nazia Hassan on August 13, 2000. Zoheb took some time off from music, only to make a reluctant comeback as a solo artist with a soundtrack album Kismet in 2006. Notable songs include "Kismet", "Fashion" and "Jeena". Zoheb also acted in the Kismet Drama Serial which was aired as a 26-episode serial on GEO Television.
Zoheb Hassan also sang for SAF Games in 2001, performed on PTV Awards Ceremony (2002), sang as a guest singer in Najam Sheraz's 'Unn Se Nain', 'Khubsorat Banao' a song written by Nazia Hassan and in a few jingles.
Zoheb Hassan did his B.B.A from Richmond College London and joined his father's extensive business based in Pakistan and United Kingdom. He also started his own media company,B & H International, which has now become one of Pakistan's leading media & event management companies. His company has to date organised over 200 events in the past decade. Major annual events include Sindh Festival, Media & Entertainment Expo, Face of the Year,etc. He also organised a special Tribute Concert for his beloved super star sister, Nazia Concert at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground. Now a days he is also the Advisor to the Governor of Sindh on Sindh Promotion. Zoheb married Gina in September 1998, and is a father of two daughters, Allyana and Amelia and one son Azmeer.
Zoheb’s father Mr. Basir Hassan is a known businessman and his mother Mrs. Muniza Basir was an active social worker in her youth. Zoheb’s grandfather and Basir Hassan’s father, Nawab Syed Saghiruddin Hassan was the Vice President of Muslim League, Delhi and owners of the 1st Ginning Mill in Multan, Pakistan. Some of their friends included Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and Justice Wajihuddin.
Zoheb’s great grandfather, Khan Bahadur Syed Basiruddin Hassan was very active in social work. He was the founder of Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam, Governor of Lady Dufferin Hospital, and Trustee of Fateh Puri Mosque and built seven primary schools in Delhi.


Zille Huma

 Zile Huma is the daughter of the late Melody Queen Madam Noor Jehan and the only of her four daughters to follow in her mother's footsteps. Today, she is a popular Pakistani pop singer.
Zile Huma was born into a filmi and musical family in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. She was the youngest of the three children of famed singer/actress, Madam Noor Jehan and filmmaker, Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. Her mother loved her and raised her and her brothers with much affection. She provided them with all the comforts in life. When she was a child, her parents were divorced. Her father, Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi demanded the family's studio, Shahnoor Studios, in return for her custody. Her mother gladly signed the property papers to get her daughter back. Growing up in Pakistan, singing and music became her passion but during her childhood, her mother refuse to allow her to undergo training in music.
At an early age, she married jeweler, Aqeel Butt, and settled down for a married life with her husband. The marriage produced four sons, two of whom can be named. They are Mohammad Ali Butt Working at a leading Cellular Company, Ahmed Ali Butt, lead vocalist of the Pakistani rock band E.P. Muatafa Ali Butt and Hamza Ali Butt, an upcoming name in the Pakistani film industry. Now, due to raising her children, she could not pursue her passion for music. Unfortunately, she had a stormy married life and her marriage was ruined. It was the solitude that rekindled her desire and music became her companion. She divorced her husband and decided to pursue a musical career.
In the early 1990s, after having decided to make music her profession, she commenced formal education in music under Ustad Ghulam Mohammed, her mother's Ustad. She said in an interview, Learning at that age wasn't easy game but I had made up my mind to keep on learning as learning never ends. Today, she is a popular Pakistani pop singer and had earlier released an album paying tribute to her late mother.

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