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Awards 2008

Why wait for a specified date and all the buildup to know the winners of awards when you can know it all now,  I think I can be a credible authority with a valuable point of view on Pakistani music. I won’t be covering all the type of awards but rather select titles on which I believe are correct .Let us just  cut the introductory portion short and go ahead with them awards.

Best Album:
 Meri Kahani by Atif Aslam

Best Video:
Humsafar by Jami*

Some new (never seen before ) awards:

Best new song by an established artist:
Ujalon Mein by Mizraab** 

Best new song by a new artist:
Faasley by Siege ***

Biggest Disappointment:
Tabeer by Shafqat Amanat ali ****

Best Multi Artist Collaboration:
Yeh Hum Naheen  

Song Of The Year:
Garaj Baras by Ali Azmat and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 



* This year has been marvelous when it comes to videos, be it Saqibs Aitebaar, Babars Paheliyan,Zeeshans Gallan,Bilals Hungami Halaat,The social issues depiction by Sohail Javedin Beqaraar and Abhi Abhi,Ahsan was the most prominent with 3 brilliant videos , Aag,Ek Baar and the ultra bold Laga Reh which is second if not equal to the winner Humsafar .

** the only other song which could compete with Mizraabs single was Nooris Do dil,Jals Chalte Chalte is a good effort too.

*** Now I wasn’t at all sure about this one and still am confused on which song is better Faasley or Paheliyan by Mauj.

**** Although I shouldn’t have written this album here before listening to it properly but from what I have head of the album it isn’t upto mark to what Shafqat could have done with his 
album. I would go more to say that Fuzons Journey is  better. 

I hope you enjoyed the award show this year and we look forward to see you next year with a more exciting show. With great albums lined up for release and with artists whom can’t go wrong ( Faakhir, Mauj, Kaavish,Ali Khan,Zameer,Call ) the albums are sure to deliver. Amen.

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Preview : Ali Zafar AAG

Ahsan Rahim is definitely the director of the year you already know about his groundbreaking video for Shahzad Roy that depicts societal mindsets of the public of Pakistan in an in-your-face manner, now 
Ahsan Rahim is done with his new video and from the trailer , the video looks rocking and not only is of the international level but holds its head high among them.

It’s about time that Pakistani video directors start getting awards in film festivals for their music videos atleast in the short films category and with the epic videos beind made that go great with the epic music being made by Pakistani musicians ,trailers are now the only way forward, just take a look at this trailer and let me know whether it is any less than a trailer for a Hollywood flick !!


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Live Acts

If you love Pakistani Music do not forget to watch Azaadi Ki Aag on Aag Tv on 23rd March at 10:00 pm PST
The promos of the show look great and the performances seem that they are going to be very energetic.

From the glances it is evident that Atif and Ali Noor will be performing and they truly are great live performers
making the show as a not-to-be-missed one.


Life Update

Ever since Aag Tv and The Muzik started to come up on my tv screen I’ve been spending lesser time using the Internet, since most of the time on the Internet was spent reading about news in the Pakistani Music scene. Although, the news aspect of Pakistani Music is unbeaten, viewing music videos online has been replaced by watching videos on TV.

<!–[endif]–>Spending lesser time on the Internet has also affected my blogging routine, i.e not going to the blogs which I used to visit everyday. But also my readership has taken a big turn downwards; it’s been hardly the same ever since mid 2007.


My weight, I finally have plans to control it and reduce it by taking up cycling, hoping to buy one by next week. The evening traffic in Qatar does not allow safe cycling on the roads so my cycling would be limited to early weekend mornings.

After avoiding camera phones for a very long time, I got a new camera phone.My excuse for not buying a camera phone was that I couldn’t destroy pictures which would have turned out lovely with my Canon which to this date is still true and what is also true is that I have wasted money for paying for a feature which I will not use much.