Never mind the Taliban – Pakistan’s youth put their faith in rock’n’roll

Country’s internal turmoil is feeding underground music scene and popular guitar school Declan Walsh in Lahore, Tuesday 1 September 2009 22.29 BST Article history Wannabe rock stars have it tough in Pakistan. Last month a new band, Poor Rich Boy (and the toothless winos), took to the stage of a cramped Islamabad cafe for […]

Catching up with Atif Aslam…

Atif Aslam has been given a new lease on stardom with his spiritual song for Ramadan. He talks to Instep about the new song and falling over at concerts. Instep: One minute it’s Coke Studio and the next you’re in a Ramadan advertisement with Dawud Wharnsby. From rock to religious anthems, how do you balance […]

Atif Aslam – ‘Humein Kia Hua Hai’ depicts Pakistan today.

August 26, 2009

As the second season of Coke Studio has wrapped up, new versions of originals and fusion tunes weren’t the only things that happened on the floor. Pakistan’s current reigning pop star Atif Aslam debuted a new tune this season, ‘Humein Kya Hua Hai’. Aggressive, volatile and honest, it is one of those tunes that actually […]

Zeb & Haniya: You Go Girls

In a month or so Coke Studio went through quite a few troughs and peaks. There were highs and lows. Let’s first shower profuse praise on the delectable duo of Zeb and Haniya. Their song, Rona Chhor Diya (yes use double ‘h’ you burgers) with Javed Bashir chipping in with his jugalbandi kind of a […]

Gumby – Hotstepper of the week

August 23, 2009

Pakistan’s drummer par extraordinaire – John Louis ‘Gumby’ Pinto – has been one of Pakistan’s most renowned musicians for decades now. Gumby, who has played with almost every musical act in Pakistan, from Vital Signs and Junoon to Noori and the Mekaal Hasan Band and the past two seasons of Coke Studio, has emerged as […]

Instep Today: The ballad of Ali Noor and Ali Hamza

August 22, 2009

In an exclusive conversation with Instep Today, Noori take us insidethe songs they belted out at Coke Studio that have changed Noori’s perception to fans, critics and the industry at large… Maheen Sabeeh Karachi “More than being a musical performance, ‘Aik Alif’ was an internal/spiritual journey for the musicians involved.” – Ali Noor “Saeen was […]