Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Sunday, October 2, 2011
That’s Just the Way it is
By S. Hamza Asad
Have you ever seen crazy people talking good? I mean, I love the way Patrick Bateman delivers this dialogue in the movie American Psycho “We have to end apartheid for one. And slow down the nuclear arms race, stop terrorism and world hunger. We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people” The example I just gave beautifully portrays the current intentions of this devilish duo from Peshawar who have embarked on a journey of spreading the message of peace through their rap music for which they became genuine listeners first by taking off their shoes and standing in another’s to see the world the way they see it and feel as they feel. Let’s get to know The 2 Dee’s.
Friday, September 2, 2011
The Voice of a Thousand Storytellers__
By S. Hamza Asad
When I first contacted Naseer Afridi, he asked me if writing is something I like. I replied, “I want to get into a medical college, but I’m also into poetry and prose and I plan to write a novel by the name ‘The Student Diaries’ and I have great passion towards learning how to play guitar and piano too. I don’t know where this is going”. And this is what he replied to me in return, “That’s some nice story right there. Well, I wanted to be an engineer, never got admission, tried twice for army as I was a huge fan, rejected, went on with music and direction and acting, you never know where life takes you. Everything’s easy; music, writing etc, if you really have a heart to do. I learned a lot from my experiences. Just never let go of your dream. In time, everyone gets his chance of doing something big; your Attitude makes the difference” His part of the story quite very much resembled the path I’m going through and I don’t know how many others are like him and I who share the same story. So that’s why I called Naseer Afridi the voice of a thousand storytellers!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Rahim Khan -
The Rising Cynosure of KPK
By S. Hamza Asad
I strongly believe in the fact that all talents blossom at different times in life. But due to lack of awareness, one might be a late bloomer. Witness the resurrection of a gem that lustered in two decades; whose vision towards poetry and prose is scintillating, whose passion towards composing music and singing is awe-inspiring. A cynosure who embarked on a journey of distinction and proved that he has what it takes to be a man of all seasons, Rahim khan; who acted in various capacities and transcended the region of sky - his limit, just to ensure that an eagle cutting through the air-waves has no contemporary, whatsoever, to supersede his abilities.
Born in 1985, Khan who belongs to Charsada, received his early education in Peshawar. He has done his matric from PAF Degree college and FSC from Army Public College. Currently, he is a practicing lawyer by profession and has obtained his L.L.B degree from Law College, University of Peshawar. Albeit in recent times there has been a plenitude of underground musicians to have come out to a huge pop but their spirits are all akin to an object that's
over exposed to Gama rays. In other words, Khan is one of the most quintessential solo artists to have flourished in recent times. His talent is not confined to music only, he is also into painting, story writing and professional photography. In addition to his above mentioned attributes, khan is also the social editor of a Lahore-based lifestyle magazine called 'INK' where he is consistently interviewing local and international celebrities. Also, he has lately penned a script for a television serial about a multiple sclerosis patient.
Speaking of his music career, Khan was only six when he made his television debut on Pakistan Television Network in 1992, singing a hymn in a programme called 'Sthoori'. It was then when Ustaad Wilson was acknowledging his abilities and polishing his vocals by giving him formal training in music at a very tender age. The efforts of his master led to another accomplishment of little khan when he was approached to perform at a music show organized by Frontier Anti-Narcotics Force at Nishtar Hall, Peshawar. He participated in a number of music events at school and college level and was encouraged by students and teachers alike.
After burning the mid-night oil for more than half a decade, the new and improved Rahim khan emerged with a hype first with his single 'khumaar'; a collaboration with a music band in late '05 and later by composing, singing and recording his first ever solo project called 'Lambay' in December '06 which was not just released locally and aired on radio 91 FM but was also aired from Washington D.C by Voice of America, (Deewa Radio-Pushto Service). The song was a chart-buster and a tremendous hit that remained at number one position for two months in the late '07 as voted by Khan's fans in the US. In October '08 khan did television recordings for a newly launched music channel from Peshawar named 'K2'.
A year later, he embellished the beauty of vintage winsome charm by releasing his second lip-catching solo, 'Khudaaya' and yet again, it topped the music charts on Voice of America radio station. This whetted the appetite of khan's American fans to know next to more of his music. Not just that, the same song 'Khudaya' has recently been included by the very famous Pakistani director Mehreen Jabbar, who needs no introduction, in her play 'Daam' as a theme-song which was aired on ARY DIGITAL in summer '10. A break given by Mrs. Jabbar has so far proved to be the biggest feather in the cap of Rahim Khan.
Khan is greatly influenced by Junaid Jamshed and Cat Stevens. He has a distinctive vocal style based on the coalescing of classical as well as modern contemporary music trends that he keeps so well juxtaposed in each other. He performed in a number of concerts this year. Among them, one of his worth-mentioning performances was with 'Strings' Band at a concert in Peshawar that was organized by PIA to help the flood victims of KPK Province. In addition to his songs, 'Khumaar', 'Lambay' and 'Khudaaya', khan also has to his credit five other soundtracks that include 'Janan', 'Rabba', 'Khwaab', 'Stargay' and 'Meena'. His first official video 'Lambay' is releasing by the end of this month.
Khan is a simplicity personified. He is humble, down-to-earth and lives a mundane life. The reason I created ample awareness to intimate the readers of this multi-talented polymath is that chances are we might find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I hereby pres ent to you the pride of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa Province, Rahim khan!
Friday, June 3, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Yasir, Jawad and Wali -
The Three Musketeers...
By S. Hamza Asad
Living world of today is quite large in size and is flourishing almost all over the planet. There are approximately two million species of living organisms. Speaking of homo-sapians, they show great diversity of physical features, dress, language, wealth, family, religious beliefs, lifestyle, education, interest, skills, age and on and on. However, of all the phyletic lineage, I intend to share an unconventional story of Yasir, Jawad and Wali, who used to practice folk-music as immature learners for the longest time in their lives, making their way to a great melting pot of Pashtoon Culture, Folk-Rock Music and Modern-Day-Trends. These three individuals had 'luck' that appeared to indicate their common ancestry.
Yasir and Jawad first started practicing Guitar-Rabab fusion music in 2008 and would upload some of their instrumental music on You-tube. Their quality of work kept improving throughout these years little by little. Tapping their talent, they under-went a 180 degree change in them ever-since Wali joined them in 2010, transforming their band from duo to trio. This led to a frustration regarding their band name, 'Yasir and Jawad' because a large number of fans were of the opinion that Wali has been side-lined. But here is the thing, the reason I refered to this trio as the three musketeers is the fact that their motto is all-for-one and one-for-all.
When Prophet David would sing God's praises, the birds and mountains would join him. This has been referred to in several Surahs of The Holy Qur'an. Born in Peshawar in 1988, Yasir khan is a self-learned rabab and guitar player, albeit his speciality is Rabab. God created this young talent with a spark of Davidic touch in his melodies. Khan has done his matric from Frontier Model School in 2004. Soon after completing his FSC from Islamiya College Peshawar in 2006, he went to Government College University Lahore where he did his graduation in economics in the year 2010. Initially he began practicing traditional Pushto Folk-Music on his Rabab. But soon, khan got into his phalanges the essential structure of modern contemporary music that helped him polish his talent after seven long years.
If you have a can-do attitude, and you're creative and persistent, its amazing what you can accomplish. This 23-years-old newly emerged music talent is a prime example of this statement. Jawad Iqbal, who was the first among two of his friends to have come up with an idea of forming a music band, received his early education from Mardan, his village, where he studied at ABS Army College until 2006, when he went to GCU Lahore. There he obatined a degree in Bio-technology, graduating in 2010. Currently, he is a student of Microbiology at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Iqbal is very much into rock and country music. He is a self-learned acoustic guitar rhythm player as well as a backing-vocalist and song-writer.
There is no water, there is no sui-gas and there is no mentioning-his-name in the band. However, when the noose of light falls on the Sultan's turret, a sensation is felt. Experience that Sufianic Sensation in the miraculous voice rising from the larynx of the newest member among the Musketeers, Wali Aurakzai who joined the band in 2010. Born in 1991, Wali who belongs to aurakzai agency, did his FSC from Islamiya College Peshawar in 2009 and in the same year went to GCU Lahore, joining the two batch-mates, Yasir and Jawad as their Junior. Wali is a happy-go-lucky guy who is at an extreme periphery to what Yasir and Jawad do. Yet he happens to be the lead vocalist of the band. Wali left GCU lahore in the 3rd semister of BA Hons after he got selected in Pakistan Army and hardly a week ago, was promoted to second lieutenant.
Recently, the trio got their first 'Break' when they were selected by 'Uth Records', a youth-based music reality show launched by U-fone that provides talented young musicians a professional music platform, where they got a chance to sing with professional musicians like Gumby, Zeeshan, Shahrukh, Bilal, Omran and Agha, representing Pushto Folk-Music with a moden-contemporary feel to it with their latest song, Reidi Gul. Also, the director of the show, Zeeshan Pervez has offered some more projects to Yasir, Jawad and Wali and is looking forward to work with them on two more exhilarating numbers. Being my personal favourites, I believe this band is a symbol of self-expression. Just like the saying goes about two friends, one says 'Look, I can stack twenty cans on top of each other' and the other says 'Man! I wish I had a talent'.