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And So, We Say an Official Goodbye, to a Pocket-Sized Device That Changed Music Forever

Do you remember the time when being able to store a thousand songs on a handheld device revolutionised the way we listened to music? Yes, the iPod. That darling device that made it possible to carry music in our pockets. If I tell this to my niece and nephew they would probably laugh as they look up from their iPad. Little do they know the iPod walked so that iPads and iPhones could run.

How a divided society comes together with the help of music

Kahlil Gibran is quoted to have once said: “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Looking at society today, and the world at large, it is difficult not to see some truth in this. Not only has the global pandemic affected our planet in distressing ways, the political situation world over seems to be creating bigger shifts in us, the people.

Chalo is changing global perception of South Asian music | Cutacut

KARACHI: While music shows and collaborations between artists seems to be picking up in Pakistan, what with Velo Sound Station creating a new fan-base for their attempt at pop music, the new season of Coke Studio and now a recent teaser shows that Bisconni is also jumping on the music TV show bandwagon. Much can be said about the quality of content on these shows, but one thing is true: it’s nice to see musicians working together again

Gender roles in rock and roll: The women behind Pakistan's music revolution - Cutacut

BERLIN: It’s sometimes tricky to talk about music in Pakistan because there are so many aspects that affect how we consume music and how our society in general feels about it. There is judgement, there is derogatory behaviour, there is self-righteousness. Music as an art form has struggled for years in our society even though it is such a huge part of our culture. But the rise in Islamisation and it’s lingering effects has left people tip-toeing around how they truly feel about music.

How Mama Shabz is putting Pakistani cuisine on Berlin's food map

It all started when Shabz had gone to a desi restaurant in Germany where she got a tortilla when she asked for a roti.

There is much to be said about Berlin and the tone it sets for multiculturalism in Germany.

While the country has seen an influx of migrants in recent years, the German capital has been considered the most international city in the country, so much so that some locals joke about Berlin not being a part of Germany at all.

Dark horses lead one of a kind music award show

While we’ve seen many events that follow formats similar to the Literature Festival, Lux Style Awards and Lahooti Melo, this is the first time an award ceremony managed to encapsulate the melting pot of talent in the Pakistani music industry for years.The Shaan-e-Pakistan Achievement in Music Awards (Sepma) was a two-day event that took place in Lahore on Thursday and Friday, shining a light on our unique mix of bands and singers.According to a press release, the categories for honorary achievem

The Dead Bhuttos, bringing punk back to Pakistan

Looking at Pakistan’s current DIY music scene, it seems that there has been a persistent focus on indie-rock, pop and electronic – making these genres a standard sound for the underground.

While metal bands have been scratching at the surface, trying to provide a new musical landscape, a band from Lahore has emerged to shake things up and add another genre to the scene, one which is often overlooked – punk rock.

This young Pakistani helps design soundtracks for Hollywood films

When we talk about Pakistanis abroad, we rarely bring up the accomplishments of musicians or other artists. (No, Zayn Malik doesn’t count.)

The conversation usually revolves around doctors and entrepreneurs doing great work and creating positive buzz for the rest of the Pakistani community. Like, how often do we get to say: ‘Hey, you know that Pakistani guy that worked on the score for a bunch of Hollywood films with Hans Zimmer?’

We built our own world | Instep |

When we think about Karachi’s electronic music scene, Haamid Rahim - commonly known as Dynoman - has always been at the wheel driving the scene forward with Forever South, a collective he formed with Bilal Nasir Khan A.K.A Rudoh. Since the label was formed, the collective played a significant role in portraying a new side to Karachi’s music, be it live shows, album releases or just some good ol’ collaborations between producers on the Forever South roster.

Last month, Dynoman released the first

Zohaib Kazi’s glorious storytelling ways

With the music-book album, Ismail Ka Urdu Sheher, Zohaib Kazi takes an untrodden path in the world of music and creates a fascinating, inviting world.

Zohaib Kazi, a music producer who gradually made his way into Pakistan’s colourful music scene in the mid-2000s, launched his much-awaited graphic novel and music album, Ismail Ka Urdu Sheher on Monday, to a packed house. In attendance were some of the industry’s finest names such as Bilal Maqsood, Zoe Viccaji, Sikandar Mufti, Babar Shaikh, Naad-
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