If the winter sun were to melt into a voice, it would sound like Jaffer Zaidi. Kaavish’s way of laying down the instrumental track behind this voice is…
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This is the canonical recording from Dr. aur Billa. For lack of better term, Dr. aur Billa is a comedy band. That term seems to suggest a lack of serio…
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If I were to rank songs by a ratio of how much I love them to how well known they are, this song would be very high on the list. It is a perfect exampl…
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In writing about Bhangra Rap, I talked about how ‘foreign’ and ‘native’ art forms are put together in Pakistani pop. More often than not, it is the for…
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Symt’s music is celebratory چھچھوراپن. Everything in this song is gratuitous: the beat, the flashing lights, the guitar solo, the eyeliner. Quite catch…
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Ali Noor is working on a solo album. The first single off this album is a song Ali Noor has written to himself, telling himself to make a new song. The…
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Naseer Afridi, as narrated to friend of the show Haifa Yousafzai, soon after their appearance on Coke Studio: I want to push people to realise the impo…
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Friend of the show Omer Tariq sent over a recording with an amazing story, that we had to share. I asked Omer if he’d be kind enough to share a little …
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Friend of the show, 90s and Nusrat expert, Shahir Ahmed wrote back: This was a classic, and it also came out around when we were getting exposed to the…
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If one were to introduce college students to Pakistani pop, this song would have to make the cut as required listening. I say this despite the fact tha…
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Mehdi Maloof’s songwriting can be surreal genius. I first saw Mehdi on a Gulberg rooftop, performing پیلی میری بطخ (my duck is yellow) on a ukelele. In…
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In 2006, Strings released a song called Beirut. It is an anti-war song, but the words and emotion felt pertinent this week.
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