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A Pakistani songs playlist for a foreign friend

It all started with a question. “This Columbian friend of mine is asking me about Pakistani music,” asked Ali,“What do I tell him?” I opened my mouth and shut it again. Columbian. Not Pakistani. Foreigner. Clueless. When you ask people to list their favourite Pakistani songs, they reach back to their taste honed over years, sometimes decades, depending on how old they are. Atif Aslam and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are both gifts to mankind, depending on who you’re talking to. But this was about first impressions. What possible playlist could we make for this Columbian so that he’d be completely blown away? It ...

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