Music from Pakistan – Badar Ali Khan

Badar Miandad (17 February 1962 – 2 March 2007), also known as Badar Ali Khan, was a Pakistani singer and Qawwal. He released 22 albums in Pakistan. Several albums were also released under U.K. and Indian labels.

The cousin of late qawwali legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Badar Ali Khan kept the family musical tradition alive in the wake of the former’s death. His recordings include 1997’s Lost in Qawwali and the following year’s sequel. A third volume followed in 2001.The song, Black Night, was featured on his third album, Lost in Qawwali III and was featured in hit AMC series Breaking Bad (Season 3, Episode 7)

Music from Pakistan/the US – Nadia Ali

Nadia Ali is a pakistani-american singer born in 1980. She is best known for electronic dance music. Listen to her nice piece “Rapture”:

Music from Pakistan – Manzil-e-Sufi & Sanam Marvi

Sanam Marvi, born in 1986, is a pakistani folk music singer. She was born into a muslim family, so it’s even more amazing, that she is now known for her nice music. Listen to her and Manzil-e-Sufi on the Coke Studio Session 3:

Music from Kashmir Region – Pragaash

Sorry there is no video for the band, but I thought this was an interesting story to share.  The first all-girl rock band to come out of Kashmir has been forced to cancel their live shows after receiving rape and death threats on Facebook.  Award-winning Pragaash, which means light, have been targetted since December when they won a prize at their first public performance.  Following the concert, comments appeared on Facebook from extremists who said the teenage girls should be raped and then drowned.   The band members, Farah Deeba, guitarist Aneeka Khalid and vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, refused to talk on the issue but were reportedly shaken by the threats.  Their parents are said to have advised the band to stay out of the limelight for a while and the girls are now believed to be in New Delhi.


Music from Pakistan – Abida Parveen

Abida Parveen (born 1954) , is a Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufimusic (Sufiana kalaam). She sings mainly ghazals, Urdu love songs, and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets. Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian, and together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era. She is currently a Judge on a musical show Sur Kshetra.(wikipedia)

Here is her song “Soz E Ishq ”

Music from Pakistan – Saira Naseem

The birth of a child is cause for special musical celebration. Traditional puppeteers play on the doira, qayroq, surnay and nag’ora. There are other variations, and folk songs like “Naat” and “Munojot”, performed at the circumcision ceremony of a male child. Here is Saira Naseem with a “Naat ” called  Shah-e-Madina .