Nazia Hassan
Pakistani singer
Nazia Hassan
Nazia Hassan was an iconic Pakistani pop singer. Her song "Aap Jaisa Koi" from the Indian film Qurbani (1980) made her a legend and pop icon in Pakistan and all of South Asia in the 1980s, where she is admired and loved even today, years after her death. Her debut album Disco Deewane (1981) also charted in fourteen countries worldwide and became the best-selling Asian pop record up until that time.
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Nazia Hassan: Remembering our subcontinental princess
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
Hendon Cemetery, London NW7 on Holder’s Hill Road is a serene space with the usual poignancy and hush that accompanies cemeteries. There, tucked away among other graves is a simple tomb with a black headstone. “786”, the numerical translation of Bismillah is etched along with this touching epitaph: “In the loving memory of Nazia Hassan. Loving daughter, sister and mother. Beloved and cherished by millions of people. Died in her youth, August 13, 2000.” Every word rang true and took me back to July 2000. I was driving my friend and Nazia’s songs were playing on the stereo. “She is about to die”, he ... Read Full Post
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Hadiqa, Irfan Kiani release ‘Jab Se Tum’
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI: After her rendition of Sufi poetry for “Coke Studio” this year, singer Hadiqa Kiani has released a video for her song “Jab Se Tum” from her album Aasman. The new video features her brother and manager Irfan Kiani, who croons the vocals for this romantic duet. The song, which was first released sans video in 2009, may have generated a better response if someone with stronger vocals had tackled it, but Irfan’s voice coupled with auto tune and several other effects at the post production stage fail to make an impression on the listener. His vocals come off as flat, monotonous and leave one hoping Hadiqa had asked someone else to sing alongside her. The melody itself is composed by the well-known Baqir Abbas who surprisingly has not done justice to his experience as a music producer and arranger. Although the tune is catchy and may stay with you for a few minutes, one can’t help but feel that there is something missing. The video has been directed by Sohail Ja ...
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I will never forgive her: Zoheb Hassan
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  Twelve years ago today, Pakistan’s iconic pop princess Nazia Hassan lost the battle against lung cancer at 35. Fans remember Nazia and her brother, Zoheb Hassan, as the sensations that transformed pop culture in the country and made waves at home and abroad, especially across the border. Her death may be a tragic loss for the music industry, but it is no doubt that her family bears the agonising pain of living their lives without her. The Express Tribune recently had the chance to talk to Zoheb while he was visiting Karachi. In a brief interview and amidst flowing tears, Zoheb talked about losing his sister and living life without her. Reflecting upon Nazia’s philosophy on life, Zoheb said that she was a humanitarian. “I always told her that she should not be a singer,” he said, adding that he had asked her why she was a star. “She had no airs about herself. But she believed she could reach the hearts of millions through music and singing, and coul ...
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Ghazala Javed: A nightingale plunged into silence
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
PESHAWAR:  When Pashto singer Ghazala Javed walked onto any stage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it was always to the whistling of adolescent boys. The girls were also admirers, as they dreamed to dress and sing like her. The K-P belt swooned when she hummed songs of love and passion. Sadly, this feeling of romantic indulgence came to a screeching halt when the news of her death spread. Javed, a combination of beauty and brilliance, was shot dead on Monday by unidentified gunmen outside a beauty parlour in Peshawar. “Her death is a great loss to Pashto music. She was an inspiration for the fresh batch of singers coming into the Pashto music industry,” a well-known Pashto singer, Bakhtiar Khattak, tells The Express Tribune. He adds that her tragic murder will serve as a warning sign to younger artists from the region, who will now be reluctant to enter into the local music industry; family pressure and security concerns will overshadow talent and the Pash ...
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Zoheb Hasan: Yesteryear’s heart-throb becomes a modern-day social activist
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
KARACHI:  He stole many hearts with his mesmerising voice and his charming looks refuse to wear down with time. We remember him best as part of a duo — Zoheb Hassan shares with The Express Tribune his personal experiences. From a “terrible” loss of losing not just a sister but also a performer to cancer, to his current social and philanthropic activities, Zoheb shares with us how he has seen the Pakistani music industry evolve through the ages. Currently in Karachi on a short visit from London, we got a sneak peak at what’s dear to Zoheb. You made a comeback by launching ‘Kismet’ in 2006, and you disappeared again for six years. What happened? Zoheb: Well, not really. Formally nothing. We paid tribute to Nazia Hassan by holding a concert on March 9 in 2002 at the Karachi Gymkhana. The tribute was held in her honour, during a time when I felt at immense loss, after Nazia. So we did that concert, which was very inspiring for me. Junaid Jamsh ...
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Good cause: Hi-tea, music and lawn exhibit for charity
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
ISLAMABAD:  For once, a lawn exhibition was not all about the flowery prints or women with bulging bags of lawn. The fabric on sale at the Serena Hotel on Friday aimed to raise funds for The Citizens’ Foundation (TCF) – a non-profit organisation which provides education to the less-privileged. TCF Islamabad organised the lawn exhibition for the Karachi-based designer Rosy Patel and S&S Textiles, inviting a selected group of women at the hi-tea event. They were later treated to music from Club Caramel. Women were spotted skimming through the catalogues and picking up pieces which they took a fancy to. A number of women wore S&S lawn to the event, modelling to raise charity. They included Fariba Thomson, wife of the British High Commissioner, who said she had designed her suit herself. To give the dress a different look, Thomson stitched printed Capri pants with a plain red sleeveless shirt. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Thomson sa ...
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Lawn for a cause: Rosy Patel, S&S exhibition raise charity for TCF
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
ISLAMABAD: For once, a lawn exhibition was not all about the flowery prints or women with bulging bags of lawn. The fabric on sale at the Serena Hotel on Friday aimed to raise funds for The Citizens’ Foundation (TCF) – a non-profit organisation which provides education to the less-privileged. TCF Islamabad organised the lawn exhibition for Karachi based designer Rosy Patel and S&S Textiles, inviting a selected group of women at the hi-tea event. They were later treated to music from Club Caramel. Women were spotted skimming through the catalogues and picking up pieces which they took a fancy to. A number of women wore S&S lawn to the event, modeling to raise charity. They included Fariba Thomson, wife of the British High Commissioner, who said she had designed her suit herself. To give it a different look, Thomson had stitched printed Capri pants with a plain red sleeveless shirt. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Thomson said that she ...
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'Pakistan's sweetheart': Nazia Hassan's 47th birthday
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
On April 3, 1965, the ‘Sweetheart of Pakistan’ Nazia Hassan was born – a soon to be iconic figure of the Pakistani pop industry. If alive today, April 3, 2012 she would be celebrating her 47th birthday. Nazia’s first hit was a pop song “Aap Jaisa Koi” which she sang for an Indian film titled Qurbani at the age of 15. She won a Filmfare award for this song and paved the way for her debut album, Disco Deewane. The pop icon of the 70s soon became the striking beauty of the 80s and along with her brother produced audio and video hits, forever changing the Pakistani pop music industry. Even during the conservative era of General Ziaul Haq, Nazia persevered, not faltering in her passion for music and became a celebrity.  Among her biggest hits were “Ankhen Milane Wale” and “Dum Dum Dede”. In 1995 she got married and had her son Arez in 1997. Sadly, Nazia passed away in 2000 after losing a battle with cancer. She however remains a celebrity in the ...
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Zoe Viccaji: A Little Bit of Everything - Newsline
Google News - over 5 years
And from Pakistan, Nazia Hassan has inspired her as a performer. “It's not so much her voice but her demeanour that I love. She was such a composed and elegant person, there was no show sha.” Zoe Viccaji is also determined to sing the kind of songs she
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Remembering Nazia - The Express Tribune
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Nazia Hassan — an icon of the Pakistani music industry — rose to fame with the song “Aap Jaisa Koi Meri Zindagi Mein”, which she sang for an Indian film titled Qurbani. Hassan was introduced to Qurbani director, Feroz Khan,
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Quratulain Balouch: Entering the murky waters of the music industry - The Express Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Similar to QB, Huma Khawaja also made her debut with a cover of Nazia Hassan's “Dil Ki Lagi” but she ended up being a one-hit wonder. QB, although taking inspiration from the legendary Reshma, also believes in creating original music
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18-yr 'tricks' girlfriend to commit suicide - E-Pao.net
Google News - over 5 years
The girl was identified as Nazia Hassan daughter of Md Jaheruddin. She committed suicide in her room last night. Her boyfriend was identified as Md Sahid Ajmer alias Naobi (18) son of Md Haji Taher Ali of same locality. They met yesterday around 5.30
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Zoe Viccaji brings down the house in first solo show - The News International
Google News - over 5 years
Kicking off the show with an original composition, Zoe covered various artists like Adele, which pushed the crowd into a mad frenzy of happiness, 'Aap Jaisa Koi' by Nazia Hassan, and 'Fever' by Peggy Lee and made them her own
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Zeb and Haniya to release new EP this fall - The Express Tribune
Google News - almost 6 years
“The private sector has done a lot right – from the time of Nazia Hassan to Junoon – otherwise, you would not have had a pop industry in Pakistan.” India, another market that is now being tapped by leading Pakistani artists such as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
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Reshma's latest music album out - Pakistan Daily Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
But like Nazia Hassan, she is a true fighter which is evident from the launch of her recent music album. Reshma has made it a point to let the audience know, time and time again, how unhappy she is due to the fact that she has been forgotten
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nazia Hassan
    THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 34
    Nazia Hassan fought a long battle with cancer during the last years of her life and died of lung cancer in London on 13 August 2000 at the age of 35.
    More Details Hide Details She had been admitted to North London Hospice in London, three days earlier when her condition deteriorated. She showed signs of mild recovery the day before she died and it was thought that doctors would allow her to go home. But early Sunday morning, her mother Muniza was called to the hospital where her daughter had started coughing heavily at around 9:15 am. She died within minutes. Her Namaz-e-janaza took place at Golders Green Crematorium and she was buried at Hendon Cemetery (Muslim Section) in London per Islamic rites. In an interview with The Express Tribune, her brother Zoheb revealed "She died an unhappy person, she died in pain." Hassan used her abilities to promote social causes. All the money earned from music was spent on charity. She specially worked for children, youth and women in distress residing in the underprivileged areas of Karachi. She supported the Inner Wheel Club of India and helped raise funds for it. In Pakistan, she established the organization BAN (Battle Against Narcotics) and became an active member of organizations such as Voice of Women, National Youth Organisation (Pakistan).
  • 1997
    Age 31
    They have a son Arez Hassan born on 7 April 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage ended in a divorce ten days before Nazia's death. In an interview later, her brother Zoheb Hassan related that Nazia's personal life was filled with turmoil and she fought personal battles incessantly.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    On 30 March 1995, Hassan married businessman Mirza Ishtiaq Baig in an Islamic wedding ceremony held in Karachi.
    More Details Hide Details This took place after her being diagnosed with cancer.
  • 1991
    Age 25
    In 1991, Hassan and her brother Zoheb recorded her fifth album, Camera Camera.
    More Details Hide Details Before the album's release, she and Zoheb announced that it would be their last album. The album was released in 1992. It was not as successful as her previous albums and received only average reaction. After the album's release, she left her singing career to focus on her personal life. Biddu composed a song, "Made in India" and he wanted Nazia to sing it. But the retired Hassan refused to sing a song that might offend Pakistan. The song was then offered to Alisha Chinai.
    In addition to singing in films, Hassan also engaged in philanthropic activities, and was appointed by UNICEF as its cultural ambassador in 1991.
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  • 1989
    Age 23
    She hosted another show, Dhanak on PTV in the same year, 1989.
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  • 1988
    Age 22
    In 1988, she and her brother Zoheb appeared with music maestro Sohail Rana in his television program, Sung Sung.
    More Details Hide Details In the following year, she and Zoheb hosted the groundbreaking show Music '89. The show was produced by Shoaib Mansoor. It was the first-ever all pop-music stage show to be aired on television. The show launched the careers of many new rising bands and singers and became popular in Pakistan.
  • 1987
    Age 21
    Her fourth album, Hotline was released in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Aa Haan was the most popular song of the album. At the end of 1980, she had become the most popular pop singer of Pakistan.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 18
    Her third album, "Young Tarang" was released in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first album in Pakistan to feature music videos, which were made in London by David Rose and Kathy Rose. The album became one of the most popular in Asia. "Ankhien Milane Wale" was a popular song from the album. After the release of "Young Tarang", she returned to singing for Bollywood movies as a playback singer.
  • 1982
    Age 16
    Hassan's second album Star/Boom Boom was released in 1982 for which she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
    More Details Hide Details The soundtrack of the album was used in the 1982 film Star. The film did not succeed at the box office but the album was successful and increased the popularity of Hassan and her brother Zoheb in Pakistan and India.
  • 1981
    Age 15
    After Qurbani became a big hit, she collaborated with Biddu on numerous other projects. In 1981, she became the first playback singer to release an album.
    More Details Hide Details Her first album was Disco Deewane. The album broke sales records in Pakistan and India and even topped the charts in the West Indies, Latin America and Russia. This album became a mega-hit and Hassan became an established pop singer in Pakistan. The album also had vocals by her brother Zohaib Hassan. After the release of Disco Deewane, she and Zoheb were offered the chance to act in a movie by Biddu, but they refused and chose singing.
    The song was a huge success in India and despite being a Pakistani, Hassan gained overnight fame there. In 1981, Hassan won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback for the song.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by the Kumar Gaurav and Rati Agnihotri starrer Bollywood film Star for which Nazia and Zoheb sang all the songs.
  • 1980
    Age 14
    Her professional career started at the age of fifteen when she provided the lead vocals for the song Aap Jaisa Koi from the 1980 film Qurbani.
    More Details Hide Details She met film director Feroz Khan at a party in the United Kingdom. Khan later requested Hassan audition with Biddu, a London-based Indian music composer. Biddu then signed her up for Aap Jaisa Koi, the song he composed for Qurbani.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on April 3, 1965.
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