What no one told you about Pakistan

“Bum Phatta” by Ali Azmat, Directed by Jami

Credits
Vocalist: Ali Azmat
Album: Klashinfolk (2008)

Director: Jami
Stylist: Ehtesham @ E Styles
Wardrobe: Munib Nawaz
Make Up: Kamal Ahmad
Producer: Rehan Noorani (Azad Film Co.) (via 
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..So, I stopped a policeman on the street to ask if he knew a place that was open where I could buy bread and milk. I can still hear his reply, “Quieres decir un Pakistani?” (Do you mean to say a Pakistani one?) more
Spotted: Pakistani Fried Fish and Chicken Chargha on the streets of Barcelona, Spain.
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..So, I stopped a policeman on the street to ask if he knew a place that was open where I could buy bread and milk. I can still hear his reply, “Quieres decir un Pakistani?” (Do you mean to say a Pakistani one?) more

Spotted: Pakistani Fried Fish and Chicken Chargha on the streets of Barcelona, Spain.

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August 16th, 2011.
It’s the 14 year death anniversary of the greatest Qawwali singer of all of our lifetimes, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. There are few people that one can claim were the greatest at any one thing and have it actually be true, but in this case, I believe really only a few might even try and dispute that.  I remember that day vividly actually, 14 years ago, I suppose I must have been 13 years old.  I was in an upstairs room in Westridge, Rawalipindi and the room was lit only by a single flickering fluorescent tube light.  Someone came into the room with the sad news that the “Ustad” had passed away.  
It seems almost impossible to think that the death of an obese Pakistani musician, at that age meant anything to me all, but it did.  I remember feeling a very real sense of loss.  And everyone around me too.
It’s also possible that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the first person I saw in concert.  I was 10 when I saw him perform with 20 other people or so in Toronto at a huge Imran Khan fundraiser for Shaukat Khanum Hospital.  It was only last year that I found out that my friend Omar Majeed, director of Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (a movie which documents my band and others) was there as well.  His mom, Mussarat Nazir, was the opening act.
Qawwali is an an amazing form of music.  The tradition goes back a few hundred years to the moghul period in South Asia.  Some time last year I had a conversation with the head of the Islamic Studies dept in Harvard University, and he purported that Qawwali was initially a form of street music, similar in spirit to this new form of Taqwacore music that was being displayed on that day in Harvard. Well, I don’t know about that.  But I do listen to a lot of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and he brought this art of Qawwali to me and Jeff Buckley and Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder and probably to most of the world that listens to it now.  And for that I thank him.
(A small piece by Imran Malik of Kominas via rockistani)

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August 16th, 2011.

It’s the 14 year death anniversary of the greatest Qawwali singer of all of our lifetimes, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. There are few people that one can claim were the greatest at any one thing and have it actually be true, but in this case, I believe really only a few might even try and dispute that.  I remember that day vividly actually, 14 years ago, I suppose I must have been 13 years old.  I was in an upstairs room in Westridge, Rawalipindi and the room was lit only by a single flickering fluorescent tube light.  Someone came into the room with the sad news that the “Ustad” had passed away.  

It seems almost impossible to think that the death of an obese Pakistani musician, at that age meant anything to me all, but it did.  I remember feeling a very real sense of loss.  And everyone around me too.

It’s also possible that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the first person I saw in concert.  I was 10 when I saw him perform with 20 other people or so in Toronto at a huge Imran Khan fundraiser for Shaukat Khanum Hospital.  It was only last year that I found out that my friend Omar Majeed, director of Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (a movie which documents my band and others) was there as well.  His mom, Mussarat Nazir, was the opening act.

Qawwali is an an amazing form of music.  The tradition goes back a few hundred years to the moghul period in South Asia.  Some time last year I had a conversation with the head of the Islamic Studies dept in Harvard University, and he purported that Qawwali was initially a form of street music, similar in spirit to this new form of Taqwacore music that was being displayed on that day in Harvard. Well, I don’t know about that.  But I do listen to a lot of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and he brought this art of Qawwali to me and Jeff Buckley and Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder and probably to most of the world that listens to it now.  And for that I thank him.

(A small piece by Imran Malik of Kominas via rockistani)

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Gay Pakistani Muslim Writer Ifti Nasim Dead at 64
The Advocate reports:



Ifti Nasim, the gay Pakistani Muslim poet who authored Myrmecophile (in English) and Narman(mostly in Urdu), died Friday following a heart attack.According to the Associated Press, ”Nasim was a fixture in Chicago’s South Asian community, known for his activism, flamboyant fashion and touching poetry that dealt with themes including homosexuality, politics and his native Pakistan.” The founder of SANGAT/Chicago, a South Asian LGBT organization and former president of South Asian Performing Arts Council of America, Nasim was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996.
His first book, Narman, was believed to be the first book of gay-themed poetry to be published in Urdu. It told the story of his transition from immigrant (30 years ago) to all-American gay writer and activist, tackling tradition, religion, and gay desire.
Nasim, who wrote in Punjabi as well as Urdu and English, was 64. (via alexorue)

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Gay Pakistani Muslim Writer Ifti Nasim Dead at 64

The Advocate reports:

Ifti Nasim, the gay Pakistani Muslim poet who authored Myrmecophile (in English) and Narman(mostly in Urdu), died Friday following a heart attack.
According to the Associated Press, ”Nasim was a fixture in Chicago’s South Asian community, known for his activism, flamboyant fashion and touching poetry that dealt with themes including homosexuality, politics and his native Pakistan.” The founder of SANGAT/Chicago, a South Asian LGBT organization and former president of South Asian Performing Arts Council of America, Nasim was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996.

His first book, Narman, was believed to be the first book of gay-themed poetry to be published in Urdu. It told the story of his transition from immigrant (30 years ago) to all-American gay writer and activist, tackling tradition, religion, and gay desire.

Nasim, who wrote in Punjabi as well as Urdu and English, was 64. (via alexorue)

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Conflict Management - Rap Engineers ft Yaruq [Official Music Video]

Conflict Management [CM] is inspired from one of Bulle Shah’s kalaam and enlightens us with the magnitude of minor entities around us. It notifies that “Litte things do matter” and under estimating the power and existence of minor creations is ignorance.

Mp3 Download Link: 1 | 2 (Lyrics)

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The Kominas - Manji Vich Daang (Single / 2011)

Well if you follow the new Pakistani/Muslim Punk scene you must have already heard of the Kominas. This is certainly one of those songs which every Pakistani Mom doesn’t want their children to listen!

For original song/video of this from the B-Rated Pakistani film, click here (not only NSFW but also for your general well being).

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Saad Sultan Feat. Rizwan Anwar “Laiyaan Laiyaan”

Shot, Chopped & Directed by Saqib Siddiqui
Team ZDS Productions

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I am soooo shocked at that Urdu rap video you posted... DAMN is Pakistan getting better or what? WINNING!!! lol

Glad you liked it. You might find it interesting that the first mainstream Urdu/Punjabi rap was by Fakhr-e-Alam back in 90s. Check the video:

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