Music is a magical tool that helps people escape stress, anxiety, depression and boredom. No place exists on Earth where people do not listen to music because it has been recognized as a necessity under many situations. Talking specifically in the context of Pakistani music, it has several branches and each one of them is special in its own way. Broadly, you may categorize music into with and without lyrics. In the context of Pakistan, we must closely observe the former category. Music does not only refer to the songs that are played in movies or concerts. In Pakistan, you will be able to find a huge variety of music which you may or may not like since the taste of each individual varies. From compositions depicting Sufism to Ghazals, regional and modern collections, music of Pakistan never fails to excite and entertain local and foreign population.
Tripkar brings you a list of music genres for you to enjoy and groove:
It would be hard to believe if you claim to not know Abida Parveen, Farida Khanum, Mehdi Hassan, Noor Jehan, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Asrar. These are some famous names when we talk about Pakistani music. Ghazal is basically a poetry with rhymes and has been in demand since a very long time. People still love old ghazals that have magical lyrics and exceptionally beautiful music.
Origin of Qawwali music was first found in India, more than 700 years ago. Later on, Qawwali became one of the most popular music genre in Pakistan. Some people often accompany a Qawwal to clap according to the rhythm and make the music more appealing. Sabri brothers are one of the most famous Qawwali groups in Pakistan who are appreciated worldwide for their music. Some of the most prominent musical instruments observed in Qawwali are Tabla, Sitar, Drums, Harmonica, Shehnai and Dafli.
Despite these categories, music of Pakistan is usually known for regional or modern music. The regional music includes various components including Pushtu music, Balochi, Sindhi, Punjabi, Saraiki and Hindko. Each one has its own style of delivering and hence provides with different kinds of relaxation, energy and satisfaction. When you listen to the great names of Allan Faqir, Shazia Khushk and Zarina Baloch, the beauty of Sindhi music starts striking your mind.
The rather fresh idea to merge and mix modern music genres with old classics, reviving long forgotten music and songs is what has become a trend, since it attracts people of all age groups, listening and enjoying the fusion of various melodies. Most popular programs promoting mixed music genres and revolutionizing Pakistani music are Coke Studio and Nescafe Basement.
Coke Studio Pakistan is one of the most famous musical program that promotes fusion, harmony and universality. The show is a live studio recorded music, featuring classical, folk, qawwali, ghazal, bhangra, sufi and contemporary hip hop, rock and pop music. The show not only provides a platform to famous artists but also provides a chance to people with musical talent and long forgotten artists. The musical team and performing artists collaborate and perform magical tunes and songs including old classics fused with modern music targeting all age groups to enjoy and relive memories.
Nescafe Basement is another astounding platform promoting both inspiration, enthusiasm and music. The studio encourages young artists to perform, explore their capabilities, honor their skills and help them create music that is different and edgy. Listen to beautiful live studio performances by young artists where they perform both English and Urdu fusion songs in Nescafe Basement.