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Introducing the seven Pakistani songs of yesteryear that have left an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of music lovers in India. These songs not only enthralled audiences both in India and Pakistan, but also created a nostalgic essence among its listeners that transcended the ethos of any nation, community and culture. 1. Disco Deewane by Nazia Hasan: Nazia Hassan was a pop singer. Her song “Aap Jaisa Koi” from the Indian film Qurbani (1980) made her famous in Pakistan and all of South Asia in the 1980s. Her debut album, Disco Deewane (1981), also charted in fourteen countries worldwide and became the best-selling Asian pop record up until that time. She, along with her brother Zohaib Hassan, went on to sell over 60 million records worldwide. Hassan was the first Pakistani to win a Filmfare Award and remains the youngest winner of the award in the category of Best Female Playback Singer to date when she was 15. Her voice was unconventional and that’s perhaps the reason why Nazia Hassan’s song ‘Disco Deewane’ became such an instant hit when it released. Although she didn’t sing too many songs in Hindi films, Hassan is still remembered for her unique style and also for introducing western tunes and DISCO to the entire South Asia. 2. Sanwali Saloni Si by Vital Signs: The Vital Signs were a pop-rock band formed in Rawalpindi in 1986. They became Pakistan’s first and most commercially successful as well as critically acclaimed act. It’s popular lineup consisted of keyboardist Rohail Hyatt, bassist Shahzad Hasan, guitarist Nusrat Hussain and vocalist Junaid Jamshed. Rooted in Rawalpindi with semi-influenced by the Western music during the conservative regime of President Zia-ul-Haq, the Vital Signs in the early 1990s, was perceived by many Pakistani fans and country’s cultural observers as a “promising new era of cultural revival”. They initially gained national prominence from their music video of their single “Dil Dil Pakistan”. It was voted, in an unscientific poll as the third most popular song of all time by BBC World. 3. Sayonee by Junoon: A sufi rock band from Lahore, Junoon was formed in 1990 by lead guitarist and songwriter, Salman Ahmad, who was soon joined by keyboardist Nusrat Hussain and vocalist Ali Azmat. The Band is Pakistan’s most successful band; the Q magazine regarded them as “One of the biggest bands in the world” and The New York Times called Junoon “the U2 of Pakistan”. Since their inception, their music has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Its members were signed to major record label EMI Records and afterwards released their self-titled debut album Junoon in 1991. After two years, the band recorded their second album Talaash (1993) with their new bassist Brian O’Connell after Nusrat Hussain left the band. The release of their second album began to create a cult following for the band. In 1996, Junoon released their third album Inquilaab, and it was only then that Junoon developed a nationwide fan following, with blending rock guitars and bluesy vocals with Eastern elements like the use of tablas, raga-inspired melodies, traditional Pakistani folk music, and Eastern-inspired poetry. The following year, the band recorded the critically acclaimed Azadi (1997), being the band’s first international record deal, and making it Junoon’s debut album in neighbouring India. 4. Sohni Lag Di by Sajjad Ali: Sajjad Ali is a semi-classical, pop and is trained in classical singing. Musician A R Rahman has described Sajjad as the original crossover. He marked his way in to Indian industry in late 90’s with this song ‘Sohni lag di.’ 5. Afreen by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Khan was a primarily a singer of Qawwali ans is considered one of the greatest voices ever recorded. He possessed an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Khan is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences. He is popularly known as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”, meaning “The King of Kings of Qawwali”. Born in Faisalabad, he made his first public performance at age of 16, at his father’s chelum. He was signed by Oriental Star Agencies, Birmingham, England, in the early 1980s. Khan went on to release movie scores and albums in Europe, India, Japan, Pakistan, and the US. He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries. 6. Hawa Hawa by Hasan Jahangir: Jahangir gained fame in the 80’s with hit singles such as “Hawa Hawa”, “Hato Bacho”, and “Shadi Na Karna Yaron”. He released his first single “Imran Khan is a Superman” in 1982 and went on to release his one and only internationally famous album Hawa Hawa. It sold approximately 15 million copies in India. The song was hoever, in fact a copy”Havar Havar” sung by an Iranian Singer named “Kourosh Yaghmaei.” 7. Poorani Jeans by Ali Haider: Haider has had a number of popular songs in the 1990s, the most notable being Poorani Jeans which also appears on his 1993 album Sandesa. He also had a hit later in the 1990s with Chand Sa Mukhra. He has also acted in numerous TV serials. ©theparallelpost | 2015 Also Read: Seven Architectures Unique to Kashmir Seven Must Read Books on Kashmir History
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