Islamabad Pakistan Music
Pakistani celebrities remain under fire over a controversial music video shot at the historic Wazir Khan mosque in Lahore, which has recently come under criticism for its depiction of Islam. Pakistani singer and actor Shahid Afridi and his band have come under criticism after shooting and recording a music video in and around the Wazer-e-Zafar mosque in the Pakistani capital Punjab.
Mekaal, a guitarist from Lahore, is the lead singer of the popular hard rock band, which is rooted in mystical Sufi-Islamic traditions.
He made his debut in 1948 when he took part in a music programme broadcast by Radio Pakistan in Lahore. He prayed with other singers of that time who sang songs such as "Khatm-e-Azam" and "Bharat-ul-Islam."
One of those shows was "Music 89," produced by the very talented producer Shoaib Mansoor. Radio Pakistan was also responsible for a number of other popular music programmes such as "Khatm-e-Azam" and "Bharat-ul-Islam." The Pakistani audience was introduced to the local taste of rock music in the form of bands such as Jupiters and Vital Signs. BackBeat was a music store based in Jinnah Market and had some of the best audio cassette sounds in Islamabad at the time. Some of them were played, while others contained some lines in Pashto and some in English.
In total, around 300 people were on the ground from across the country, and travellers from other parts of Pakistan had to brace themselves for long delays and evasive routes to and from the capital. We played a show with 350 people in Karachi and only one T-shirt was sold, "says Muhammad Akhtar, founder of the pioneering Lahore heavy metal band Takatak. The Hellfest was an event that brought Pakistani metal heads to the capital Islamabad.
The return to democracy in 1988 brought a revival of musical activity among Pakistan's urban youth, though there was a separation marked by a lack of access to music and a general sense of alienation from the rest of the country. When I returned to Pakistan in 2003, I found myself enlightened by the music scene in Lahore, a city with a strong metal scene. The closure has ended a number of music events - including the Koblumpi Music Festival in Islamabad, which is due to take place in early 2020, as well as a number of festivals in other cities.
The Pashto music scene in the city is almost non-existent, and the rest of the country listens mostly to Bollywood and Urdu songs and shows little interest in the region. In the 1990s, the Taliban banned music in Pakistan, forcing traditional musicians to flee to the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pakistan consists of several provinces, including Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The most popular instrument is the sitar, but the tabla is said to be one of the most important instruments in Pakistani traditional music. Pakistani music is adaptable to various musical styles such as folk, classical, folk-rock, jazz, pop and classical music. The most famous in Pakistan are Bollywood and Urdu music as well as classical and folk music from India and China. Pakistani concerts cover a wide range of musical styles, from classical to folk, rock and jazz to pop and pop punk, while there is a wide range of traditional and modern music styles and performance styles.
Punjab is also part of the country, home to the Sikh founder of religion, and continues to play an important role in Pakistan. A more recent historical site in Lahore is the site of the adoption of a resolution in the 18th century calling for the creation of a homeland for Muslims.
Undivided Punjab, Khatlani said, has overshadowed Delhi, producing films such as "Dhoom 3" and "Khalil-e-Zindagi" ("Hindus"). Gurdaspur and Ferozpur both have sizeable Muslim populations, but the Amritsari elite fled to Lahore, where they shaped Pakistani politics. Invaders from all corners of the world brought their spice to the music, culture and art of Pakistan. Pakistani cinema was curbed during the Zia years, I watched a reception at the dhoom 3 theatre in Lahore.
At the other end, thousands professed their love for "Pakistani music and television dramas," but one could only see and understand the fervor of the Indians. Reshman appeared on television in the 1960s and recorded songs for both the Pakistani and Indian film industries, performing at home and abroad. Khumariyaan "with Pakistan's iconic Coke Studio, which was a major musical achievement for a Pashtun pop band. It became an instant hit and, building on that, garnered millions of fans both internationally and locally.
It is inspiring to see my non-Pashtun friends share in Pashtun music, and we can now share the same music.
On the future sound of Pakistani music, Parwez said: "I have high hopes that the music scene will very soon bring new faces and talents to the fore. The pioneer of this new cycle of music festivals is the Music Mela Islamabad, which I launched in 2014 with some friends, and the Karachi Music Festival, which is the first of its kind in the country.