26th Haftanama Patari!



La·hore (lə-hôr′): A city of Pakistan Deep Freezer.

Yaad mein teri jahan ko, bhoolta jata hun mein

Bhoolnay walay kabhi, tujh ko bhi yaad ata hun mein?*

*We dedicate this Haftanama to the one thing that’s helping us keep it together aaj kal: razayee <3 saray romantic ganay, pyaar bharay dialogue aur roti ankhein inn ke liye. As someone on Twitter put it: “boht ThanDi par ri suna hai Pak mein…???”


Patari Podcast.

Modern zamanay wala RJ. Check out the second podcast with Salman Ahmed where Patari talks to him about the new song – which is a collaboration with Peter Gabriel and also part of the soundtrack for a movie. Thori juggtein bhi lagti hain, yahan wahan.

Abhi To Humein Aur Zaleel Hona Hai

Cricket ke halaat dekh ke we’re thinking of going back to supporting hockey. Even squash. Badminton? Gulli Danda? Baraf Paani? Kuch to acha kheltay hon ge. Like we mentioned on our Twitter account: Iss zalaalat ke liye to koi ganay bhi nahi hain. Per agar phir bhi dil jalanay ka shauk rakhtay hain, to do check out Pace Is Pace Yaar podcast. Kash aap ki ye khwaari koi rang laye.

Muntakhib Afsanay

Ismat Chughtai, the grand dame of Urdu fiction, was renowned for her writings on feminist politics, evolving conflicts in the Muslim world, and taboo subjects no one else would touch with a ten-foot pole (kafi badass scene hai). Ismat was one of the most revolutionary writers of her time, and her work is considered monumentally groundbreaking by the literary world. Patari is very proud to be exclusively bringing her audiobook to you, narrated by Fawad Khan. There’s a lot more where this came from, so keep checking back!


Patari Exclusive!


Open Your Eyes – Junoon Ft. Peter Gabriel.



Muntakhib Afsanay – Ismat Chughtai.

New Track!


Mann Mayal OST – QB Ft. Shuja Haider.

Patari Production!

Patari Aslis – Volume1.

Patari Podcast!

Dreaming of Junoon (Ep. 2) – Junoon.

Patari Exclusive!


Aksar – AAA.

New Track!


Meine Tujhe Chun Liya – Beenish Pervaiz.

Featured Track!


Crazy  Zameer.

New Track!


Bhulao Na – Sumair & Royal.


Until the next Haftanama – Dhayr sara pyar,

Team Patari.

On the Production of CS 8’s Tajdar-e-Haram

Hasan Ansari for Express Tribune:

But it has been revealed what became the biggest hit of season 8 was in fact not produced by Strings duo Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Atif revealed, “Tajdar-e-Haram was actually produced by songwriter Shiraz Uppal.” Atif had initially planned to keep the track for himself and had Shiraz arrange the music. “When Coke Studio approached me, I thought why not perform it on the show,” he added. He shared he brought Shiraz on-board to give the producer a feel of Coke Studio.

When approached for a comment, Shiraz said Atif is his long-time collaborator. “He had approached me because he wanted to do a modern version of the qawwali. We took the CD to Coke Studio where he performed the same version.” It’s interesting to note that neither was Shiraz’s name mentioned in the song credits nor did he appear in the BTS clip that showcases the song-making process.

There are two concerns here: what role did Strings play in this recording? And was Shiraz Uppal denied a credit that he deserved?

First, on Strings’ role: Recordings often start in one place, end in another. They start with one band, end with others playing on it. Collaborations work in different ways, and Coke Studio itself is testament to that. Some songs are brought in by artists and modified, others suggested to artists and worked on together, sometimes entire songs composed by the house band and a singer called in to front them. In each case the Producers of Coke Studio retain the final responsibility of tying each song together, and of tying each song to the whole theme of the season. So that Shiraz Uppal was the original producer on this version of the song before it came to Coke Studio I don’t think takes away anything from Strings. Ultimately it is likely that they were involved, if anything as commentators and curators, though the final facts here are not necessarily known. This discussion is relevant given recent news that Strings will likely lead a collection of producers on Coke Studio 9, similar to the model employed with Coke Studio @ MTV (a.k.a. Coke Studio India). All in all, I think this is not as big a deal as it seems. There is potential to burn the producers at the stake, and criticisms of the production of Seasons 7 and 8 aside, I don’t think this deserves to be one.

Second, on crediting Shiraz Uppal: Unfortunately even after this story it’s a little unclear what role each producer played. That said, with Coke Studio’s recent emphasis on crediting heavily — many videos start with text crediting the original singers and composers of the song, even video montages and thank you notes — giving some credit to Shiraz Uppal may have been warranted and a nice gesture. But this seems erroneous, not malicious (if incorrect at all). It is good that we are talking about these things, but it should only help the industry improve, not bring anyone down.

Junoon 25 to feature many great artists

The Express Tribune in an article on Salman Ahmad:

The release of Rhythm in February coincides with the 25th anniversary of Junoon’s music. Salman’s plans for the year include another local film project, alongside Ali Zafar and Humayun Saeed. There is also a new, silver jubilee album being recorded at producer Shahi Hasan’s studio, as part of the Junoon 25 celebrations. “The album features special guests like Ali Zafar, Strings, Outlandish, Peter Gabriel, Morten Harket, Shubha Mudgal, Sunidhi and more,” shared Salman. “It has some of Junoon’s golden hits as well. I am also in talks with AR Rahman — let’s see what happens.”

As is common in the case with stories on Junoon, the article focuses on whether the band will reunite. As great as that will be, there is something to be said about being able to enjoy bands in the time they were together, and being okay with their eventual ends. Most bands stop working together eventually. Most people switch jobs. It’s how we live. Sometimes we fight, sometimes we’re tired, other times we just want to move on. But it doesn’t make our time together any less meaningful.

Regardless of what Brian, Ali and Salman choose to do in the future, their time together, along with their many collaborators (Nusrat Hussain, Fifi Haroon, Samina Ahmad, Sabir Zafar and more) will always be special to us. And while it is heartwarming to see them together when they are so, the solo careers of Junoon’s members have given us many great gems. Arguably it is music that we wouldn’t have received had Junoon remained together.

In fact had Junoon continued to play it is likely that Ali Azmat may never have needed to build a band of his own, a band that would play on Klashinfolk, comprising Omran, Mannu and Gumby, a band that would then form the underpinning of Coke Studio. You can extract countless narratives like this from the end of Junoon.

Point being that as much as I like Junoon in the form that we remember it, I like to see musicians play. And I like to see them at peace with themselves, and if the end of Junoon’s traditional lineup gave them that, that is what they, and we, needed.

Zahra Salahuddin interviews Babar Sheikh from Dusk

Great profile of the metal band in Dawn:

When it comes to heavy metal or extreme music, the ’90s were a special time as a lot was changing, Babar recalls. While mainstream bands ranging from Iron Maiden to Judas Priest existed, at the same time there was an underground metal scene erupting the world over — including in Pakistan.

The article is written on the occasion of the release of Dusk’s latest single, which itself is commemoration of the band’s 20th Anniversary:

The band’s links to Karachi’s music scene are extremely diverse. Both in terms of the number of Karachi’s stalwarts that have played with the band, and the number of acts the band’s members have been involved in.

Quite special also are the band’s collaborations with other metal acts from across the world, releasing records together with bands from Singapore, India & Japan.

In all of this lies a deep love for metal. Often at the fringes of most musical tastes, what is heartwarming about metal in Dusk’s case is not just whether it makes for easy listening all the time, but that it is played with such love. You get a sense of the band’s connection with the music when you listen to Babar Sheikh talk to Patari about the band and about the context in which they played:

If you’re new to Dusk, like me, you can get a feel for their music using our new Popular Tracks feature on Dusk’s page.

25th Haftanama Patari!



Sehr Pikheyr!

“Patari motorway per nahi chalti.”

Lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri,
Save offline ka feature ho Patari mein khudaya meri.

So, one of the most asked for features is finally on its way. Boss said… something to do with offline mode. He also said the zalim internet and samaaj will soon stop getting in the way of you and your Patari. So soon, we’ll be your humsafar aur hum se aap ki hamnawai ho gi. #AyyynnnHayyyeeennn *wink wink*


Album, Album Kardi Mein!

Yes, ANOTHER album.

There’s a whole new Aamir Zaki album right in front on our homepage; all the songs are brand new, previously unreleased, patakha guddi dhamakaydaar, fresh from the oven, etc. As in exclusive release. Check them out!

Junooni Khwaab.

In the early 90s, Salman Ahmed had not yet founded Junoon, and was not yet the legend he would go on to become. Instead, he was a musician who had just left the country’s biggest band, and was searching for a future  and his own sound. It was then that one of his peers, a certain Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, got him in touch with his uncle, the maestro himself – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This podcast tells that story, and captures the era of the early 90s with some stories that never made it out of that time. What it meant to be a professional musicain who wasn’t from a gharana but the gully instead.

Kyunke hum sara waqt Twitter aur FB pe farigh bethay rehtay hain, all we can think of to write here is Ayesha Sana’s now famous BRIGHT KAREIN ISSAY. KAREIN. KAREIN. KAREIN! Kar liya? Ab friendly reminder that we have apps on both iOS and Android. Pls don’t gaali because we don’t have an app on Windows, uss mein hamara koi kasuur nahi okay.


Patari Exclusive!

New Singles – Aamir Zaki.

New Track!

Karachi Kings PSL Anthem – Ali Azmat.

New Track!

Rishton Ki Dor (OST) – Kashif Ali.

Patari Production!

Patari Aslis – Volume1.

Patari Podcast!

Dreaming of Junoon – Junoon.

Compilation Album!

Runa Laila – Showcase South Asia.

New Track!

Muntazir – Young Stunners.

New Track!

Paperchase  Kakes.

New Tracks!

New Singles – Block-2.


Until the next Haftanama – Dhayr sara pyar,

Team Patari.