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It’s time for Junoon to make a comeback

There I was one lonely night back in 1999, watching the Zee Cine Awards by myself. Among the Indian celebrities there were a few familiar faces. That night Junoon performed Sayeein to a packed concert hall and I remember dancing in an empty living room with sheer rock and roll joy. Since then, the band has broken up and splintered in to Sufi analyst, confused solo musician and missing-in-action gora. They went from being a small time English language band to the biggest musical phenomenon in the country. Lead singer Ali Azmat has said: “In our first live concert. There were just seven ...

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Kuch Khaas open mic night: Good times in Islamabad!

Last weekend I attended an open mic night at Kuch Khaas, a famous social enterprise in Islamabad. The occasion held all the promise to be yet another “mass brain cell genocide”; a phrase I use fondly each time I end up at one of these gigs. I had anticipated a night filled with tone-deaf kids hopped up on drugs, with couples leering in the corners and of course bad karaoke music. But I was wrong on all counts. This open mic night has to be one of the finest youth events I’ve attended in a long time. Kuch Khaas is located ...

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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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Sounds from the Underground: Odyssey

Sounds from the Underground covers the Pakistani underground scene by introducing readers to underestimated and often ignored music with the help of interviews and album reviews. This week we introduce our readers to Lahore based band Odyssey, including an interview with their guitarist Hussam Raza. Odyssey is a progressive metal band frosm Lahore that breaches the boundaries of Pakistani music with an eclectic mix of aggression, melody and memorable song writing. Line-up Raja Nabeel Banwa (Vocals/Keyboards), Hussam Raza (Guitars), Waqas Ahmed (Guitars), Ahmed Waqar (Bass), Omer Sohail (Drums/Percussions) Discography/ Releases Ghosts of Yesterday, 1st Jan 2010 Date of foundation February 2008 Style Progressive rock/metal Whats it been ...

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