Tag: Music

As Lahore welcomes spring, Al-Hamrah was host to the Lahore Music Meet (LMM) 2016 amid tight security measures.

Barbed wires encircled the entrance while loud music played inside presenting a bizarre scene, for two days, April 2 and 3, from 12 noon to 10 pm.

LMM’s goal was simple and clear – to provide an open space for people from all walks of life to enjoy music, listen to various genres, learn something new and to give them an opportunity to meet other music enthusiasts.

A stage set in the middle of the main ground for live performances kept the music lovers engrossed for two days.

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“Music is important for the well-being of a person’s mind. It helps people remain sane,” said Tamoor aka Mooroo while talking to Pakistan Today.

The two-day event consisted of over two dozen sessions talking not only about the enjoying of music but the making of it. Some of the sessions talked about the technical aspects of making music, while special workshops showed people how the various instruments are played.

“Such events encourage people to pursue music both as performers and listeners, making art more relatable,” said Ali Sehti while talking to Pakistan Today.

The event was not overshadowed by any particular genre, instrument or just the lead. LMM showed the audience that a lot of things make up a good song, from the bassist to the producer, from the drummer to the writer and the singer – everyone plays an important role. One without the other cannot succeed.

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Natasha Noorani, one of the founders of LMM, feels that it is only through music that all class and social boundaries are bridged. The main idea behind LMM was to give people a space to meet their favourite musicians and talk and enjoy music.

“We have everything, from Sufi Qalam, Pop Rock, and Classical to Indie Rock, so that everyone can find their own voice and move out of their comfort zones and experience new things,” Natasha said.

With informative sessions like “Believing in yourself by Noori” and “Listening for Success by Aaron Haroon Rashid” the attendees were kept enthralled and wanting more for two days.

Sessions like “Scoring Manto by Jamal Rahman” and “Classical Music Appreciation by Tina Sani” would dissect the layers of a song and teach the audience how to appreciate it more deeply and enjoy it more intimately. They attempted to teach the music lovers how to listen between the lines.

Tina Sani believes that such events are immensely important for the youth, “The youth need to learn about music and such events promote that in them,” she told Pakistan Today.

“Composing from scratch by Ahsan Bari” and “Spaces between Music” taught students of music how to produce their own pieces from scratch with various instruments.

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The crowd was thin but just right. These people were musicians, artists and supporters who wanted to be part of a musical revolution in the country.

“I wanted to see what other musicians are doing. I am getting into some production too so I wanted to learn, and talk to the experts,” said Fati, a violinist, guitarist and cello player at the event.

Platform

When Aaroon Haroon Rashid was asked that if LMM strives to provide a platform for musicians. Does that mean Pakistan lacks opportunities for artists, he was all praise for the event, “I haven’t seen an event solely dedicated to music like this in Pakistan.”

He feels that back in the 90’s, he was lucky as there were only a couple of TV channels which gave him and his band a lot of exposure.

“The incredible amount of musical talent has no platform in Pakistan,” Rashid said.

He also feels that the media has to play a larger role in bringing to front these artists.

“The local media, radios all play Indian songs which make it difficult for the newbies.”

Many of the guests felt the same. They said that artists in the country aren’t given the support or motivation to move forward. “On the international level, you do not only represent your country through education and politics but also through art and culture,” Nasir said.

The live performances kept Al-Hamra alive and abuzz. New and old talent would perform and take the audience by storm.

The highlights of the event were Red Blood Cat and Mai Dhai performances on the first day, as well as a conversation between Ali Zafar, Ali Sehti and Zoe Viccaji during one of the sessions.

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Ali Zafar during his session talked about what the country is going through and how it fuels his music, “During my happiest periods I haven’t produced any music of essence,” Ali Zafar said, he along with Ali and Zoe thought that the darker side of an artist is the most creative. Though living in negativity for prolonged periods puts an artist through a deep depression.

On the lighter side, Ali Zafar talked about his music, his growth and how the occasional ‘poondi’ is good for survival.

The event concluded with a live performance by Sounds of Kolachi and Attaullah Esakhelv during which the crowd danced and let out some steam.

“Musicians need a driving force which is their audience. It takes a lot of time to create music and they deserve appreciation,” said Furqan Shayk, a comedian while talking toPakistan Today.

While the event was not glitched free – there were many last-minute changes to the schedule, the halls weren’t really full – there is hope for a better and bigger LMM next year which could bring together more people and more musicians.


Originally published in Pakistan Today

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ISPR also focusing on improving quality of videos

Rawalpindi: ISPR has successfully released its second musical video in the memory of the APS Peshawar victims. It hopes to fill the security gap of the country with such musical videos, Khabaristan Times has learnt.

“We have huge plans for spreading patriotic slogans across the country about Pakistan so that they forget their security concerns, and music is the best medium for this,” an ISPR official told Khabaristan Times.

It isn’t only music, ISPR is focusing on improving the quality of its videos, according to reports.

“We are hiring better singers and conducting stage shows,” the official revealed. “See, the army is tired of fighting and we too need a break, so we have asked to get the budget transferred to the ISPR funding so we can better entertain people in a lawful manner.”

He continued: “What we are planning now is the biggest event ever in the history of the world. We invite Taliban to fight with us to the beats! We are going to very soon conduct a dance-off!”

“ISPR has been in the shadows for many years now, but with ‘Main aisi Qaum’ and ‘Dushman ke bacho ko parhana hai’ we are finally in the limelight and we won’t let it go so easily.”

Reports suggest that the dance off will be conducted around the Zarb-e-Azb schedule and will decide the final winner of the ongoing military operation. People from the TTP are in contact with the ISPR finalising the details.

“No suicide bombing or shooting will be allowed during the show. We will definitely win Inshallah. We were born to entertain, and it’s time we bring out the showmen in us. TTP has some hidden in them too, our spies have revealed,” confirmed the ISPR official.

“The dance off will help exert the aggression on both sides, making music the platform of all fights. Because entertainment is more important than the security of the people or challenging any ideologies,” said a military analyst while talking to Khabaristan Times.


 

Originally Publish in Khabaristan Times.

 

 

The wait has ended.

After a hiatus of 10 years, Noori fans were on Friday treated to the band’s latest album ‘Begum Gul Bakauli Sarfarosh’ which was launched at a star-studded event at the Fortress Square Mall in Lahore.

Believed to be one of the Pakistani rock bands who produce intelligent music and focus on the lyrical content, Noori’s fans can be deemed as those who understand the current scenario of the country, therefore, understand their music. Their last album Peeli Patti Aur Raja Jani Ki Kol Dunya was released in 2005.

BGBS is about the evolution of a youth into an adult ready to take over the world.

“It’s all about finding oneself, starting in 1947 to date; a person needs to explore himself first. If you do not change-the-world won’t change, that is the basic message in the whole album,” Ali Noor, the lead vocalist, told Pakistan Today.

“We are just plain lazy,” Ali Noor said when asked why the brothers had taken such a long time to come up with their new album.

12086902_10156066808940580_1829172815_n-640x360Asked what should their fans expect from them in the future, Ali Hamza said, “More original, non-commercialized songs definitely.”

The event was moderated by Sarah Gondapur and RJ Sophie. Their albums were signed and sold for Rs 500 during the event.

Noori performed the songs from their latest album for the event and also reminisced some like Manvarae, Suno kay Main Hu Jawan among many.

“I just love how friendly and humble these brothers are; just as truthful as their songs,” Amna, an LSE student, told Pakistan Today.

Hamza, a banker, said, “Noori’s music always has some underlying message, their musical perspective is what actually makes their compositions eternal.”

Mohd Ali, a fan in his late twenties said, “I have grown up listening to their songs. I want to show my support for the band and buying this album is the best way.”

“My sister was their fan, and it’s like a tradition that has passed on, meeting them is like an American dream come true,” said an 11th grader, Amber.

This event was the first in their launch tour, Noori will be launching their album in Karachi and Islamabad on October 10 and October 11 respectively.

Noori can be followed on SnapChat ‘Nooriworld’ where they are giving live updates of the events.


Originally Published in Pakistan Today