Note from the Editor

Hamnawa features curation, reviews, and analysis of Pakistani pop music. We focus on music old and new, famous and obscure, pop and not-so-pop.

I first started writing about Pakistani pop over 10 years ago. The overarching thesis of Hamnawa is that the arc of Pakistani music is a story not just of music, but of technology, business, and politics. And while various societal factors influence the direction of Pakistani music, it cannot be understood with a global lens only. This particular narrative has a unique historical trajectory. A story of its own to be told.

– Zeerak Ahmed

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I'm a designer, engineer and writer from Lahore. During the day I lead a design team at Amazon, Inc. I make novel Urdu technology called Matnsaz, and write about Pakistani pop music at Hamnawa.
I write about music
Doctor, pop culture nerd. That about covers it.
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Shahan is a master's student at UC Berkeley who grew up in Lahore. He hopes to write a book about Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's work and legacy one day. He tweets @Shahan03.