Pride of Pakistan – The Charismatic Atif Aslam

Popular singer of Pakistan Atif Aslam

Atif Aslam the charismatic singer made waves with his very first song “Aadat”. At that time he was the lead singer of the band “Jal”. Incidentally the band split up after the release and mega success of their very first song. Atif Aslam got phenomenal success and fame with the songs “Aadat and “Who Lamhey”. These songs were later featured in Indian movies making him more popular than ever in both Pakistan and India. With his good looks and style he soon became the heart throb of many. His first album was “Jal Pari” and second album “Doorie” were both hits across both sides of the border.

Atif Aslam’s voice can be defined as sensational, powerful and electrifying. Atif Aslam was never keen to be a singer. The encouraging response he got from his friends when he sang during his college days boosted his confidence and he started participating in competitions and winning them.

Atif Aslam has performed in many countries of the world. But he has been appreciated a lot by the Indians. He has sung for many Hindi films and all of his songs have been a mega hit. Atif has faced criticism from some corners in India but generally people like his songs. An Iranian director has also used Atif’s voice in a Hollywood movie “Man Push Cart”.

Atif was also seen as an actor in Shoaib Mansoor’s movie “Bol”. Atif has been nominated and has one a number of awards. He was also awarded “Tamgha-e- Imtiaz”; the highest civil award.

Pop Singers of Pakistan

Vital Signs-pop group of PAKISTAN

Pakistan got its first taste of pop music in the late 60’s when Waheed Murad was seen swaying to the tunes of Ko Ko Korina sung by Ahmed Rushdi for the film Armaan. This song revolutionized the music scene in Pakistan as well as across the border.

Singers Alamgir and Mohammed Ali Shehki took pop music one step further in the late 70’s. Their songs were an instant hit and very popular among the younger generation.

In 1980, Nazia Hassan a teenage Pakistan born British became a house hold name with her very first song sung for an Indian movie. Her first album Disco Dewane sung along with her brother Zohaib Hassan enjoyed phenomenal success. Inspired by the Hassan siblings, a number of singers followed their footsteps some of them are Tehseen Javed, Saleem Javed and Hasan Jahangir. Hasan Jahangir’s “Hawa Hawa” was a super duper hit.

In the early 90’s, the band Vital Signs took the music scene by storm with their song “Dil dil Pakistan”. They were largely helped by their looks and video. Soon many bands such as Junoon, Awaz, and Strings etc joined the band wagon. Of all the bands, Stings still exist. Junoon introduced and popularized a new genre of music the “Sufi Rock”. Shehzad Roy, Ali Haider and Najam Shiraz are some individual singers of the 90’s worth mentioning.

The girls of Pakistan have also contributed to pop music. Besides Nazia Hasan other leading female singers are Hadiqa Kiyani and Fareha Pervaiz. Recently two girls from Peshawar have formed a band Zeb and Haniya. Their music is much appreciated in Pakistan as well as abroad.

TOP TEN POP SINGERS

1. Atif Aslam
2. Ali Zafar
3. Ali Azmat
4. Hadiqa Kiyani
5. Ali Haider
6. Princess Annie
7. Nazia Hasan
8. Junaid Jamshed
9. Shafqat Ammanat Ali
10. Fakhir

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