Perhaps like no other Pakistani song before it, Pasoori, has broken out as an international hit. Much has been said about Pasoori, and despite this there is still space to wonder why this song is so appealing. Hits can never be explained perfectly. I’m adding my two cents in the…
Sampling is rare in modern Pakistani pop. The reasons for this are not completely transparent. Onerous licensing discussions with EMI, and now their…
My favorite music this month. Playlist on Spotify.
Even early on in Meesha’s career, she was an outspoken pioneer. With Overload, she made the female rock vocal more prominent than it may ever have been…
An alt rock band with rap in a music show produced by Xulfi? This year’s Coke Studio is goading me to write about eP. Two decades ago, the influence of…
The subject line of this email is (as always) the title of the song but also an optimistic announcement of a return to some regularity of publishing on…
Zain Zohaib, the young qawwali duo, are a striking example of a digital-native presentation of a traditional South Asian art form. It is heartening to…
My favorite music to listen to this month. You can find this playlist on Spotify.
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