By Bilal Ansari
Faiza Mujahid‘s breakthrough was the song “Bandeya” OST of hit Pakistani movie “Khuda Ke Liye”. But here, what’s supposed to be her debut music video, “Meri Zindagi” records the sound of aggravation or frustration dwelling among a woman and bringing a positive change with hopes, desires and motivation.
Meri Zindagi is powerful, thought provoking and some might think the lyrics being too common or mushy, its potent with its meanings & message. “No one has the Guts to Stop her!”
The Big Surprise ! Noori declared that 6th may concert at Karachi would record a history and to be true History is repeated. The guys have a reunion, the whole old and original lineup is back united and playing tonight on the same platform. This has got to be the most pleasant news to come out from Pakistan in what, lets say, after the world cup performance of our team. No doubt we loved Noori when they first performed in Karachi. Tonight they are going to rock the whole city with even more energy for sure. (more…)
Omer Nadeem Interview in Daily Times[newspaper]
1. How was your experience of ‘Sau Baar’ for Yamla Pagla Deewana? How did this opportunity come along?
Ans: The experience was in total contrast to what i have done before as it was a much more professional step in a very professional market. The public across the border was very appreciative of the song and my voice. Here as well the song’s popularity is increasing. I have released two other videos “Aey Khuda” and “Dil ka dya” as well which is known by quite a lot of people. These releases did wonders for me as my voice clicked for the music director of “Sau baar” Mr. Sandesh Shandilya who has added some major hits in the music industry like “Piya basanti re”, an album ‘ustaad and divas’, score of the movie ‘Kabhi khushi kabhi ghum’ and ‘Chameli’ and the song from ‘Jab we met’ called ‘Aao ge jab tum saajna’. He also really liked the expression i gave the song through my voice. The YPD team invited me to dubai to record the track.
2. How would you rate Sherya Goshal as a professional?
Ans: Well, she is known as ‘The Queen of Melody’ in india. That says it all.
3. Would you like to tell us a little about ‘the Spanish Beauty’? and your part in it as a musician?
Ans: This project was quite different for me as no one here has done a song for a Mexican movie as far as i know and the song ‘Thum Zara’ is pretty unique as well. This was more of an exploration of my own potential as i dont want to restrict myself as an artist and my music. Its been pictured on Barbara Morie who is a famous actress from Kites and i believe that in itself is an achievement.
4. Of late, you’ve been doing more of international projects. So how does it feel? Keeping the current Pakistani scenario in mind have you ever felt that people are prejudiced towards you because you’re a ‘Pakistani’?
Ans: Its not that i am only interested in international projects or that im working for other countries. I am working on my album alongside the projects im getting, and that album will be released in Pakistan InshAllah. It will also be released in other countries as well. Even the foreign projects i did are actually for my people in Pakistan. Its just very unfortuante that due to the highly corrupt and unprofessional media of Pakistan I had to do international projects to get recognition.Its very sad that despite the fact that i am a Pakistani artist living in Pakistan, im getting recognition from the UK and India and yet still our media is acting like a sleeping cow. It is a request to all Pakistanis, kindly learn to give respect to our artists for their work.
5. When will your album be out? What, according to you, is the distinctive ingredient in your album which will make you album stand out?
Ans: It will be released this year inshaAllah and well i dont really want to answer the second part of the question, all i can say is that it is MY album and that is what might make it different from all other albums.
6. As a relatively newcomer, how would you comment on our music industry? How easy or difficult is it for a new entrant to make their place?
Ans: Well to be very honest i am not a newcomer at all. Its not your fault that you consider me a newcomer, its the media’s. Unfortunately our music industry has got some uncanny resemblence to our political parties. There is favouritism, leg pulling, lobbies, mafia, you name it. Due to such nuisance there is no air time nor any recognition to and artist’s achievements or anything of that sort. A person struggling in a Pakistani media is a person who stands alone. The media wont promote as ironic as it sounds. They might use you, but never promote you. All the newcomers have to face is politics. It is such reasons that make it hard for the new entrants to make their place.
7. Are there any people in particular you’d really like to thank for supporting you in this industry?
Ans: As far as this industry is concerned, Khiza is the person i’d like to thank who is just like my elder brother. Other than that there is my mother who has always been my strength pushing me to work hard and never give up, and then my sisters for being really supportive and last but not the least all of my fans for being a great motivation to produce better music in the future.
8. Ever experienced backstabbing in your career? (You don’t need to write names, but you might want to elaborate the incident).
Ans: Lol, well i dont think there has been more backstabbing in any Pakistani artist’s history. The last ten professional years of my life are filled with nothing but that and my earliest fans know that very well and its better if i dont recall anything here.
9. Which song of yours will you never get bored of listening?
Ans: I get bored of every song whether if its mine or not but i guess i still like my song ‘Hadh se guzar jaaney dou’ which i recorded way back in 2004 when i was 15. Maybe because that was the first track i had recorded in my life.
10. Have you made any bloopers as a newcomer? How did you learn to come over them?
Ans: Naah, i dont think i have made any bloopers. But i would like to announce something to all the ‘event organizers’, when you have cash in your pockets, do call me for the shows.
11. What makes a musician complete?
Ans: It can be anything. Every individual is different in their own special way and so everyone has a different requirement to meet. As far as im concerned its a connection with Allah, different experiences at different stages of life, your soul, your love, your broken heart, your moments, your vacation, your special place or anything crazy you are expecting me to say.
12. Who would you credit for your success?
Ans: Allah, my mothers’ prayers and myself.
Entity Paradigm’s apocalypse
By Madeeha Syed
Entity Paradigm (eP) is a major act in Pakistan’s music industry.
Fawad Afzal Khan, the lead vocalist is best known for his presence and skill as an actor. His most notable character to date is embodying the role of Sarmad in the film Khuda Kay Liye and is currently lighting up our television screens with a role in the drama Dastaan. (more…)
“How our artists have evolved” is ViewsCraze series which will be covering and discussing the ‘Big Guns’ of our Pakistani music industry, how they have evolved since they first started their career in the music industry and how their image have changed. Every now and then we will be covering different artists and bands.
The episode 1 is all about “Hadiqa Kiani.”
Facebook has over 500 million users worldwide but has been restricted in China since July 2009 after the deadly ethnic unrest in the restive Xinjiang region.
In a long question and answer session with an audience at Stanford University, Mark Zuckerberg explained how Facebook is only “not winning or going to win” in four countries: China, Japan, South Korea and Russia.
“We kind of carved off China” and said “Okay this one is extremely complex and has its own dynamics,” he told the audience at the Y Combinator start up school on Saturday.
“In China I think the values are so different from what we have in the US so, before we do anything there, I’m personally spending a lot of time studying it and figuring out what I think the right thing to do is.”
“It’s kind of a personal challenge this year, I’m taking an hour a day and I’m learning Chinese. I’m trying to understand the language, the culture, the mind set — it’s just such an important part of the world.”
“How can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion-six people?”
China is the most populous nation on the planet, with an official tally of 1.3 billion people of which 420 million are active online.
On the question of China’s openness, Zuckerberg said the company respects local laws and cultural differences, explaining how Nazi content is blocked in Germany because it is illegal there but is not blocked outside Germany.
And when a user created an “everybody draw Mohammed day” group on the website, Facebook eventually blocked it but only in Pakistan, as images of the prophet are against the law.
This did not make everybody happy.
“Someone in Pakistan right now is trying to get me sentenced to death,” he said, to ripples of laughter. “No joke, well maybe kind of a joke. I don’t think it’s that funny.”
The site’s users spend a total of about 500 billion minutes on the site per month, the company reported separately at the weekend. But its founder doesn’t see the site’s role as promoting the United States.
“I don’t want Facebook to be an American company — obviously, we are in America — but I don’t want it to be this company that just spreads American values all across the world,” Zuckerberg added.
Facebook’s origin is now a hit Hollywood movie, “The Social Network“, which critics say could be destined for glory at the Oscars.
Zuckerberg says the film got random details right, such as some of his clothes, but key details were wrong. The movie claims he set up Facebook after he was dumped by a girl, but he still has the same pre-Facebook girlfriend, he said.
He concluded the the film makers “can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things.”
Via Express Tribune