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Keh Dena… A Tribute to Albela Rahi

Posted: October 31, 2011 by Rai M Azlan in youtube
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Many years ago, a lean young man came to Karachi from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) with hopes of better future in the music industry. He started his struggle with gigs at a cafe located on Tariq road, Karachi. Later on, this young man appeared on TV with his guitar, his only companion in this city, on Sohail Rana’s music show for children kids show. Who knew that in future this young man will become the pioneer of pop music in Pakistan, his Albela Rahi was the official beginning of pop music in Pakistan. We know this Albela Rahi as Alamgir, One of the most electrifying performers Pakistan ever produced.
After giving many hits to Pakistan music industry he moved to USA where he still takes part in concerts even after his serious health issues, he is suffering from polycystic kidney disease. He is fighting and have immense passion to live and music even when both of his kidneys are failed and he is living on dialysis every week.
A few days back a video teaser appeared and became talk of social media town and when the full version was revealed, it became viral. I am talking about OST of Mangoes the series by SB Productions. A sound track sung by Kristie Yung, a Canadian singer singing in Urdu made it viral and the presence of Alamgir with his ever-fresh voice became reason for this video to become a hit. This is a re developed version of Alamgir’s Keh Dena, in case you have not heard the real version enjoy it in the youtube content below.

I must say that Kristie Yung version is very well made and she along with the whole team has successfully paid tribute to legendary Alamgir. More on that using tabla in music created an interesting flavor of this version. In case you missed it take a listen.

Now some serious talk Alamgir needs to undergo an operation and this energetic performer is fighting hard and raising money for his treatment by himself with concerts. He is an artist and he must be appreciated in the best way here using this platform I request to please spread the word so that more and more people can contribute in his fund so that he can live healthy life again. in a recent interview he said “I’m trying to raise funds for my treatment and if God wills the people of Pakistan will respond as they always have, with love,”. The Kristie Young’s version is available at iTunes and the proceedings from the purchase of this song will go to Alamgir’s Health Fund.

Media in Pakistan has taken off like a rocket to say the least in the last eight years. From conventional to creative it has come a long way from its days of infancy to incorporating new and more interactive methods of broadcasting.

Its hub is in no other place except for this city by the sea and these days “main stream media” is busy engaging people of a different and alternative variety…err yeah us…bloggers. From calling us on shows on live tv to having conversations with us on face book or twitter or other social media platforms “MSM” has suddenly adopted the “bring em on” policy and said yes to “citizen journalism” What does this mean for us as parts of alternative media? Does this mean the war for ratings will now extend to our computer screens or does it mean that the future will mean that each one of our voices digital or conventional melds in a national scream of sentiment to show the world what this countries true face is? Questions only time will answer

Among the most prominent “MSM” talk show hosts to blend “new media” and the first one to bring twitter into a main stream  show is the polished and demure Naveen Naqvi of Dawn tv. She entered this realm with hosting Breakfast at dawn and now the show has turned into a digitized hybrid between new media and mainstream media with her including not just comments on the topics via live tweeting but even going so far as to ask  questions tweeted to her by her ever increasing cyber following. Yes you got that right this is happening right now in Karachi…everyday on BAD.

Another name one must mention here is that of Faisal Qureshi, although he does not live tweet stuff into his show’s feed he has recently started broadcasting of his show “Karavan” on ustream. As we all know ustream is a free tool for live broadcasting available to us tech savvy folk for some time but to see a “MSM” host use it so efficiently is to say the least a thrill. Off course this gent is also available on twitter and face book and every time he drops a “jalaybee” online the comments wave shows anyone watching his massive following.

Considering the amount of opposition these people must face from “MSM” in breaking these barriers they seem to be doing a fantastic job. So I thought it would be relevant if we applaud them for their work and urge them on, for the future is not being scared by networks into submission but the open source environment that will take us onto wings of positivity into our destiny.

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A.D.P is having a gig! Woo hoo! It’s been a long time since funkytown came around, and The Aunty Disco Project are coming to rock Rangoon Wala Auditorium this Sundayy! Time to get dowwwwn and Bo0ogy! 🙂 Oba has made some super awesome promo’s that are positively hilarious, and I personally think the marketing for the gig is brilliant! The official website is given below:

Get Your Aunty On! Sunday 16th August 2009

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You’ve GOT to check these out! 🙂 Enjoy, and see you at the gig!

The Promos on Facebook:

Coke Studio is all over the place – advertisements, billboards, exclusive airing time on different channels, ring tones, the radio, you name it – its there. Season 2 was much anticipated, and so far two episodes are out – the first titled Individuality, and the second titled Harmony.

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Coke Studio has been creating some fabulous work – Season Two has been dealing with more contemporary artists, and a full fledged house band, accompanied by different guest artists to contribute their special feel to different tracks. Some of my favourite tracks so far this season have been Aik Alif and Khamaj is episode one, and Aaj Latha Neeyo , Daastan – e – Ishq, and Janey do in episode 2.

Episode 3 should air this sunday, ie the 12th, at 7 pm. The cool thing about this season is that it ends on 14th August, ie, Independence day. On the plus side, the work being done, though heavy on the sufi side, is being done with songs that are popular, contemporary, and well loved, thus bringing an automatic appreciation in most cases for the mystic feel.

**This year, Coke Studio looks to reignite Pakistani passion and pride by chronicling a journey through a series of episodes, each of which is based specifically, on distinct philosophies showcasing a multi faceted Pakistani identity: Individuality, Harmony, Equality, Spirit and Unity.**

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The show has faced some serious criticism this time round for two reasons – the first being that the music from these contemporary artists doesnt live up to the hype created by their being included in this years line up. I personally feel the original version of  Paimona Bitte is much better – im not a fan of the Coke Studio version, to say the least. The mixes aren’t as amazing as last year.

Secondly the lack of a live audience has attracted many hisses and boo’s, but as I was given to understand earlier, having a live audience causes major recording issues, such as the murmers of voices, cellphone calls, doors opening and closing, etc.

However, all in all, for a follow up season, Coke Studio’s not doing badly at all – they’re making music history loud and proud, and will probably go down, even if as a show steeped in branding, as one that helped enrich contemporary music with the sounds of folk lore and a tinge of spiritualism.

The news is always filled with such dreariness. Our lives are filled so much Indian Melodrama. Its enough to drag anyone down.

Then , 3 minutes of footage changed my life. There is a documentary called “The Pale Blue Dot” that I saw at the first Oneness Breakfast. It changed my life. It changed my perspective of how we see things.

Often, I feel we get too caught up in being part of the picture, and don’t take time to step back and observe. This 3 minute video puts everything in perspective. Click play and watch how awe-struck you feel at the end of it.