I am attracted to this new Abdullah Siddiqui recording for many reasons: its effortless smoothness, the beat, the obvious freshness. I want to talk…
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Farooq Qaiser passed away on May 14 – a loss of immense proportion. 
A lot of the narratives on Hamnawa are about how art forms change to represent different identities. This reflects most prominently, for the purposes of…
Which Pakistani musicians you should pay attention to in 2021
This song from a particular high point of Faakhir’s solo career is such a cacophony of musical styles that it really shouldn’t work. But it does. The…
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In writing about Bhangra Rap, I talked about how ‘foreign’ and ‘native’ art forms are put together in Pakistani pop. More often than not, it is the…
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I’ve written briefly about Sandaraa before, but for those unfamiliar with them here is how the band describe themselves: Sandaraa is a new band from…
For many months I’ve been sitting on drafts of a piece about many seasons of Coke Studio leading up to Rohail’s return, Pepsi Battle of the Bands, and…
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If one were to introduce college students to Pakistani pop, this song would have to make the cut as required listening. I say this despite the fact that…
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I have a history of writing long essays around Coke Studio. Often I start these as ‘reviews’, but then it takes me so long to write them that eventually…
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After moving back to Seattle I spent a little bit of time listening to Pearl Jam, and soon enough got into Eddie Vedder & Nusrat’s collaboration for the…
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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…