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Hashim Nauman

A photo blogger who works for a Telecom company who loves to write and plays the guitar.

Kill them, kill them!

This piece is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Sinister, sinister, He exclaims, You are forever, Held in remains. You shall kill for you need to live, Earn for yourself but to me you give, Deny the contrary, expand the illusive, For we are the ones, we are exclusive. Sinner, sinner, He explains, Blessings for those, Who do not complain. You see my friend, you cannot speak. When elders troll, the minions scroll, To pacify you is our ultimate goal. Kill them, kill them! He will shout. The mind that opposes, Should bleed, no doubt. The end is nigh, we need to act. Those that answer, we will subtract. We are the holy, we are ...

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Kill me, for I have spoken

Colour me red, paint me black, brush me dead, back on track, picture perfect, vivid deploy, peace stagnant, you destroy. Shoot everyone having a mind, no eyes? Everyone’s very blind, your arrogance and guns show, the laws of the land will not go. Cross the road and you will die, stand and wait, and you will die, speak your mind, and you will die, be human, yes, you still will die. Misunderstanding much? Oh please, ideologies cliched, yes very much, the land of the pure, bruised and cut, apologists, please shut the hell up. Conditional peace is always good? Your side of the deal, oh it was fate, heaven sent men, please go away, for ...

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Open Mic Night in Isloo: Just so-so

Open mic nights have fast been gathering immense popularity amongst performers, whether they are singers, dancers, poets or comedians – these nights provide them with a platform to present their act in front of a proper audience. Origami Entertainment in association with Nandos Islamabad organized one such event. I was one of many amateurs that decided to avail this opportunity to play my six string. Registrations were sent, acceptance calls were received and sound checks were made. Unfortunately, the venue was not very big so the inherent limitations of good sound were pretty visible from the get go. Lahore open mic nights ...

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An interview with Brooklyn Qawwali Party

“The sacred sounds that I yearned to find in western jazz were emanating from Nusrat in this completely foreign music” (Brook Martinez, Percussionist and Founder of the Brooklyn Qawwali Party) It is not often that you find something as unique and as fresh as Brooklyn Qawwali Party (BQP) while surfing for music on the internet. For a qawwali aficionado like me, to hear a note by note rendition of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s most famous qawwalis played through instruments like the trumpet and the tenor saxophone, was nothing short of divine. The Brooklyn Qawwali Party is an ensemble of eleven proficient ...

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Rahat, we don’t love you that much

Organized by the Pakistan Youth Alliance in partnership with Miradore productions, ‘Rahat Fateh Ali khan plays for charity’ was an event most people (with big bucks in their pockets) were looking forward to. The security at Serena Hotel was tight. As the clock struck eight, cars started pulling in carrying the made up, designer clad women and handsome men ready to enjoy a night out. The event looked like a high class wedding more than a concert. There was a clear division between who had more money to spend and those who didn’t. Witnessing Rahat Fateh Ali Khan perform was an ...

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Talking music with Malang Party’s Zeeshan Mansoor

I’ve written countless times about how the music scene in Islamabad needs major rejuvenation. Venues, bands and music fans – everything is scarce. Most fans listen to what is popular and ignore lesser known bands because the majority is the authority (and of course, democracy is Islamabad’s middle name). But Malang Party is one band that has continued to make music despite these challenges. And they are doing a darn good job. Recently I caught up with Zeeshan Mansoor (guitarist and songwriter for Malang Party) and discussed the prospects of music, musical evolution and his approach towards music as a guitar player. 1) ...

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December 17, 2010
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Sapna Babul ka Bidai soaps it up, Star Plus style

Question: Ever wondered how someone can stretch the lamest concept to such heights that it can span over 5,000 episodes? Answer:  So did I, till I had to go through the horror of watching a soap on Indian television called “Sapna Babul Ka Bidaai” (Marriage, the dream of a father). Narrated below is a scene between two sisters who apparently love and hate each other at the same time and yet they claim to be one big happy family. Rag-nee: What is up? Sad-henna: Nothing much, you tell oh dear cute lovely sister of mine? Rag-nee: Well, just waiting for my lovely, cute husband ...

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September 30, 2010
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Rocking for a good cause

“Pakistan kay mayanaaz moseekar Mekaal Hasan Band ab apnay fun ka muzahira karaingay, please zordaar talion say in ka istakbaal karain“ This was the opening line to the Sufi Night organized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in association with Pakistan National Council of Arts held at the PNCA auditorium on September 28, 2010. It was an invite only event which was held to raise funds for the flood victims. After the khabarnama style welcome by the host, Mekaal Hasan got on the stage and explained that the performance would be unplugged and people familiar with the set list would recognize the ...

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The beat of Farhad Humayun’s drum

Good drummers are rare in Pakistan. Only a handful of good drummers are actually out there on the live playing circuit. Farhad Humayun happens to be one of them. He has played sessions for a lot of famous acts and has produced good music as a sound engineer. From being an active part of the heavy duty Lahore underground scene in the 90’s to being the driving force behind the critically acclaimed band called Overload, Humayun has seen the music scene grow from garage bands to the industry it is today. Since the release of their first self titled album, the band ...

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Did Islamabad’s underground sell its soul?

There have been countless debates over the real definition of ‘underground music’ and both sides are have strong arguments. Is it music that hasn’t really gotten the commercial stamp or music that doesn’t cater to a big audience (like Annie ‘the pop princess’)? Definitions aside, the fact that some music that comes out from the underground scene per se is top quality. A homeless underground I’ve been part of the Islamabad music scene for quite some time and the difference between what it was and what it is now, saddens me. Islamabad is a small city and there are definitely not enough venues to play concerts at compared to ...

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