Hadiqa Kiani is the undisputed Queen of modern day Pakistani Pop Music. For over a decade now she has stayed true to this title with only taking a break from 2004 to 2008. But, in 2009 she released her number one album Aasmaan. The album truly re-established her role as the leading female singer of Pakistan, the album had the highest number of sales of any Pakistani album in 2009. This year she is to release her Pashto smash hit Janan along with many other collaborations solo projects including her first project with the UN. You Rock girl! Keep it up!
Zeb and Haniya they have produced a diverse body of work, combining pop music with folk music. Their debut album received positive reviews in most of Pakistan’s major newspapers, and they have been hailed as one of the best all-female band of Pakistan.In 2009, they performed at the Coke Studio Sessions along with many other successful musicians. Lets see what the duo are upto in 2010.
Meesha Shafi has recently entered into the music industry. In her band’s ‘Pichal Pairee’ video, Meesha sports a sexy, sultry and edgy look. Her voice is extremely fresh and very distinct from the other mainstream female singers and vocalists and the dark grungy look replete with a tattoo has made some compare her to Amy Winehouse. A woman of tremendous drive, she can take the pressure of multifarious roles redefines what it means to be an achiever in the industry.
Annie made massive waves in 2006 with her song Mahiya. Mahiya was featured in a Bollywood film called Awarapan and due to the success of the movie she is still the dream girl of many Pakistani men. She has been titled the Pakistani Britney Spears due to her “moves” and…well lack of a live performance. But, Annie has seriously caused a stir in Pakistan. She is suppose to be releasing her second album this year…
Fariha Pervez is a very talented singer and has shown her singing capability throughout her career which has spawn over a decade now. Most recently Fariha has released a music video which features top female models such as Rabia Butt. And, although this video has received a decent response it wont be on her upcoming album for that albums first single we will just have to wait and see…
Maryam Kizilbash is a singer, song-writer and published poetess. In 2009 Maryam returned to Pakistan to embark on her singing career. Zara Palat Kay was her debut album and was very popular in 2009 as was her song Zara Palat Kay. Since ’09 Maryam has “quit” singing but we hope to hear from her again very soon.
Zara Madani, Zara is a very popular singer these days, she recently did a music video with Zohaib Kazi and Naad -e- Ali titled “Maan Lo” and even more recently she has released another collaboration with Fuzon’s Shallum that video has received a good response and is airing on all local channels. Zara is definitely a singer to look out for from Khuda Ke Liye to Payam she has delivered and lets see what else she brings out.
Schaz Khan is not new to controversy, her debut music video with top female model Iraj Mansoor was banned but in the past year she came back. With a new sound and a new look she tried her best to make waves. Although she hasn’t made much waves yet, we still have hope for Schaz.
Arooj Aftab is a true internet sensation. Her songs are often viewed on youtube and on her website. Arooj is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Arooj’s music is a breath of fresh air and hopefully she will come to Pakistan very soon and release an album here!
Natasha Ejaz is a 21 year old aspiring musician from Islamabad. Over the years, she has played many sponsored and unsponsored gigs around Islamabad performing covers of some of her favourite songs. Natasha is looking forward to collaborations with other musicians as well. Natasha has a music video in the pipelines to be released this year.
Natasha is the self proclaimed “Pop Diva”. Her debut videos was “Bau jee” directed by Jawad Bashir with music by Shumair. This song and video were on all of the established music channels. But since then she has hushed down a little, she also is suppose to release her next single very soon.
Rabi Pirzada is a black belt, a drummer, Her first single was released in 2004 then in 2006 she released Mujhe Ishq Hai and rest is “mike make-out” history. On a serious note she did receive quite a lot of fame for that song and has recently started to make TV appearances again and according to rumours she will also release an album this year. All the best Rabi.
Huma Khawaja. Huma was part of the first Pakistani Female Band and since then she is still rocking. She was suppose to perform at Aag Alive but due to her day-time job as an air hostess for Emirates she couldn’t perform. This scheduled performance has sparked rumours for a comeback.
The Pakistani Pop industry is very much male dominated but lets see this decade change all of that….Girl Power!