The Music of Pakistan, as unique as its multiethnic populace, ranges from “Qawaali” a famous brand of music derived from Sufi Islam, to better ol’ fashioned rock ‘n” roll. It involves diverse components ranging from music from numerous parts of South Asia as well as Central Asian, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, and advance day Western famous music influences. With these various impacts, a unique Pakistani sound has been formed. From the point of view of Pakistan, music was a kind of entertainment like anywhere else.
Today, I’ll take you on a journey of Pakistan’s music since achieving independence on 14th August, 1947.
Alam Lohar is known to be classic cult Punjabi-folk singer. Born in the year 1928, Lohar initiated his career when he was merely a teenager. Closely listen and you will identify why he is believed to be the “Grandfather of Punjabi MC, the greatest bhangra music star of today’s generations. Using the instrument called “Chimta” and an outstanding singing stamina, Lohar wooed the mass with the song “Jugni”.
With some exceptions, minorities in Pakistan occurred frequently on TV during the time period of 1950s, singing some of the amazing music to come out of the entertainment company. Irene Perveen and Sunny Benjamin John, singers linking to Christian families, grab the heart of young Pakistani with their heartfelt music, their music dropping into the ever famous and most appreciated genre of Ghazals, songs of poetic feelings.
The 60s are known to be the golden era of Pakistan. Pakistan produced Ahmed Rushdi in the East – the first disco star of the era, “Ko Ko Korina”, a song that gained much popularity of Platinum Jubilee, was s famous in the place it penetrated the Pakistani movie industry to achieve the great heights.
The 70s gave rise to a famous, risqué trend known as “Hair Dance”. The youth who attended the dance parties were no strangers to this form of dancing. To do the hair dance, one had to shed and shake their all inhibitions, genuinely.
To any Pakistani who was born and grew up in the 1980, the words “Vital Symbols” were not measures of many psychological statistics, but a musical band who sang “Dil Dil Pakistan” grabbed the hearts of many Pakistani. These young, energetic, leather jackets, motorbike riding men were Patriotic. Earlier this decade, the late “Nazia Hassan” sang Disco Deewane, a song which plummeted to the United States Billboards charts, a 1st for any Pakistan’s singer.
Junoon struggled much with the promotion of their music in this decade. The US attack on Afghanistan left much violence on the streets of Pakistan and thus initiated a long stretch of political instability. Junoon’s music mentioned the corruption of Pakistan’s politicians, got them into much trouble. This group was banned, but the ban achieved much popularity as counter-culture heroes.
In the initiation of 2000s, the explosion of media provided young generations an opportunity to show their talent. Halfway through the decade, Coke Studio established. Coke Studio has produced the fusion of all musical genres. Then, how can we forget Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who is considered to be timeless. This powerhouse Khan, a qawaali singer gave his voice to many soundtracks in films like Dead Man Walking, Natural Born Killer, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Gangs of New York.