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Kashmir the Band Release their Debut Album; Khwaab

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Having won the Pepsi battle of the bands season 2 in 2017, Kashmir has emerged as one of the most promising alternative rock bands in the country. After 2 years of several single releases and music videos, the award-winning group in collaboration with Pepsi and Zellbury, has finally released their debut album titled “Khwaab.”

The news arrives alongside the release of another single ‘Dhoop,’ accompanied by a music video directed by Umar Anwar shot in Thailand. The album has nine songs, plus two bonus songs, a compilation of all the songs the band has released individually over the past two years. The corner stone of this album was set back in 2018 when just after winning Pepsi Battle of the Bands, the band announced their album titled ‘Khwaab’ to be released song by song, ultimately leading to a compiled album.

Talking about the release of their album, the band members were visibly excited, “If I could use one word to sum up this whole experience, we can easily say it has been surreal. To have been performing at all these venues, to have been able to put all this music out there has always been a dream, and getting to release this album is just the first step on this musical journey. We have put our heart and soul into making this music, and we hope people can feel some of what we have put out there through it,” said the band.

The band launched their album at a star studded event at Arts Council, Karachi where the band also performed music off their album for the audience. The album launch party was held in collaboration with Pepsi and Zellbury, and welcomed media fraternity, bloggers, and artists. The band’s personal and intimate performance was the highlight of the event.

The album has been released for now as collectible USBs and CDs and will also be available online on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and Google Play.

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Rabab Hashim names Moneygram’s Pakistan Brand Ambassador

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The stunning actress & host Rabab Hashim has just been signed on as the new face of Moneygram, the leading global money transfer company, for Pakistan.

 

The launch of Rabab Hashim’s collaboration with the global financial brand includes A series of television commercials targeting the expatriate Pakistani populace around the world – namely North America, Middle East, Europe & Australia.

 

“I am so proud to be MoneyGram Ambassador for Pakistan.” stated Rabab Hashim on this new collaboration. “The company provides a very important service to my fellow Pakistani’s around the world and I feel good about this association,” she further said.

 

In addition, being featured in their marketing communications, Rabab will also be attending a host of exclusive meet & greets around the globe, representing the brand & Pakistan, first of which will be in Melbourne, Australia at the Women’s T20 Finals on March 8th, 2020.

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Haseeb Hasan & Umera Ahmed’s Upcoming Blockbuster ‘Aan’

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The renowned Director and Producer, Haseeb Hasan of Hamdan Films, is gearing up to bring another blockbuster feature film titled ‘AAN’.

The film features Fawad Khan in the lead, a world-renowned actor that lives in the hearts of many people. Fawad Khan is the biggest name in the Pakistan Film Industry who has not only gained a name for himself but also for our beloved country, Pakistan. The megastar will be seen in an avatar like never before.

The ensemble cast will also include Sanam Saeed, Zara Noor Abbas, Jawed Shaikh, Navid Shehzad, Nayyar Ejaz, Naeem Tahir, Aly Khan among many others.

Haseeb Hasan has many projects that are famous worldwide, one of which is “Parwaaz Hai Junoon”. A 2018 war-combat film that hit cinemas worldwide and won the hearts of millions. The film made the highest gross of 40+ crore at the worldwide box office and is set to be the first ever Pakistani film that will be released in China.

The new project, ‘AAN’ will be no exception. The script has been penned down by Umera Ahmed who has helped in turning this little dream into a big reality, with her exceptional writing skills. Some of her famous projects, amongt many others are, Zindagi Gulzaar Hai, Laal, Shehr-e-Zaat and Meri Zaat Zarra Benishan. “AAN” will also be featuring some of the best and intense dialogues that will leave your heart throbbing.

‘AAN’    is the epitome of naval warriors that packs romance and drama between the main actors. It also has a combat and touch of humor that makes it a complete package for the best cinematic experience. The film is set to start shoot in April with pre-set release date at the end of 2020.

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Ali Rehman Khan starts shooting for his next film

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After making a mark with popular dramas like Diyar-e-Dil (2015) & Khaas (2019) and delivering remarkable performances on the big screen with blockbusters Janaan (2016), Parchi (2018)& Heer Maan Ja (2019), Ali Rehman Khan starts shooting for his next outing on the big screen with producer & director Wajahat Rauf.

 

Titled “Parday Main Rehnay Do” the film is directed by Wajahat Rauf under his own bannerShowcase Films, and Ali will be playing the lead role opposite his Jannan co-star Hania Aamir.

 

Ali Rehman Khan’s new film starts shooting today in Karachi and expected to release in 2020.

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KASHMIR the Band to Release their Debut Album; ‘Khwaab’

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Having won the Pepsi battle of the bands season 2 in 2017, KASHMIR the Band has emerged as one of the most promising alternative rock bands in the country. After two years of several singles releases and performances, the award-winning group is all set to release their debut album titled “Khwaab.”

The news has arrived alongside the announcement of another single ‘Dhoop,’ that would be accompanied by a music video directed by Umar Anwar shot in Thailand. The album consists of nine songs, plus two bonus songs which is a grand compilation of all the songs the band has released individually over the past two years. The album is a perfect mix of some brand new, and some old songs by the boys, along with the titular song “Khwaab” that was released in 2018 that marked the beginning of this first album.

 

Sharing the news of the album release, the band members were visibly excited, “If we could use one word, to sum up, this whole experience, we can easily say it has been surreal. To have been performing at all these venues, to have been able to put all this music out there has always been a dream, and getting to release this album is just the first step on this musical journey. We have put our heart and soul into making this music, and we hope people can feel some of what we have put out there through it,” said the band.

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Strings – The Best Live Act in the Country – won Karachi last night

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Strings, Pakistan’s favourite pop rock band, took the stage in Karachi last night in one of the most vibrant live performances of recent times, as a part of their collaboration with Salt Arts.

Playing a huge part in the revival of the concert culture in Karachi – Strings have played big and small arenas in the country, garnering love every time. Filled with a dizzying array of guitar riffs and drum beats, the band showcased a combination of new and old songs, including hit singles from their recently released album ’30’.

The sea-front venue provided an intimate space for the band to give a captivating performance to the thousands of Karachiites in attendance.

“For the legends, for the champions, for being there for thirty years, and for showing us all the way… Thank you Strings! Karachi you are forever #1” was posted on the Salt Arts social media after the event.

The internationally acclaimed band has been in the Pakistani music scene for the last 30 years. Their presence has not yet halted as theirs still remains one of the most enduring stories of the Pakistani musical scene. The band has been performing at concerts and festivals, bringing their live performances to the eager crowds around the country after the release of their album ’30’.

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy releases the fourth film from HOME1947 titled Midnight Fury

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SOC Films releases the fourth short-film from HOME1947 titled Midnight Fury. Indeed, HOME1947 Series is a deeply personal exploration of the lives and stories of the millions that were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two new independent states, India and Pakistan.

 

Home is a place of comfort and lasting warmth: a sanctuary for the family. The fourth film Midnight Fury captures the contrast in emotions for a young boy in 1947 as his home becomes a painful memory full of heartache and grief after witnessing the loss of a parent.

HOME1947 is a series of 7 short films conceptualized and produced by SOC Films, which recreate the long-lost sights and sounds of what millions once called home and explores this world not through the words of historians and politicians, but through the eyes of those who lived through it.

HOME1947 Series was first premiered as part of the HOME1947 Exhibition at the Manchester International Festival in the UK followed by exhibitions in Mumbai [India], Lahore and Karachi. HOME1947 has been co-commissioned by the British Council in Pakistan in collaboration with the Manchester International Festival and Super Slow Way.

 

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MIRAGE releases the jazz-funk song PAGLI featuring saxophonist Lenny Massey

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Pakistani pop-rock band MIRAGE  has just dropped the jazz-funk track, Pagli, from their second album, Doosri Dastak.

 

Pagli is a jazz-funk heartbreak anthem for when one is reminiscing about the relationship they once had.

 

“Our sixth track from the album Doosri Dastak, Pagli, is about a boy who wants to get back with his ex-girlfriend but the girl has moved on and is not interested anymore. He’s trying to remind her of the good times they’ve spent together but to no avail.” said Rehan Nazim.

 

Pagli, recorded live, mixed and mastered at Saad Hayat Music Studio, features the talented Lenny Massey on saxophone along with band members Rehan Nazim on vocals, Saad Hayat on backing vocals and keys, Mohsin Raza Shah and Hasan Mahmud on guitars, Shane Kerr on bass and Ajay Harri on drums.

 

“It’s really exciting to be experimenting with & bringing back jazz! Pagli features super awesome Lenny Massey on Saxophone. It’s our pleasure and honor to be working with him and we are also looking forward to share the stage with him at our upcoming album launch show in March 2020.” said Saad Hayat.

 

Indeed, Pagli marks the sixth release from Doosri Dasktak, having previously released ‘Barhe Chalo’, ‘Befiker’, ‘Panchi’ featuring Alycia Dias, ‘Pyar Hua’, and ‘Zara Suniye Tou’ featuring Natasha Khan.

 

The music video for Pagli has been conceptualized and co-directed by Saad Hayat with cinematography and direction by Asghar Ali Ghanchi, art direction by Hasan Ahmed, styling by Aafreen Shahab, hair and makeup by Sikander Khan, line production by Azeer Arif and Adnan Yunus, edit and post by Bilal A. Mughal with support from by Shahrukh Hayat, J.F. Irani, Kashif Ahmed Khan and Shakir Ali.

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‘‘Amna Ilyas all set to come to theatre with Hasina Moin’s Hit Ankahi’’

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Actress and model Amna Ilyas, will now be dabbling in theater with one of Hasina Moin’s classic character “Sana” from her famous drama “Ankahi”.

The 90’s hit drama will see its revival in the form of a theater play directed and scripted by KopyKats production, famed for bringing plays like “Pawnay 14 August”, “Aangan Terha”, and others on stage. Remembered as one of the most popular dramas on TV in Pakistan, the emotionally hard hitting drama will see Amna Ilyas as one of the leads in the remake.

The Baaji actress will be seen essaying the role of Sana, originally played by the popular actress Shehnaz Sheikh. Talking about this new step, Ilyas said, “I am both extremely thrilled and a little nervous about performing theater. This would be a completely new territory for me, but I am really looking forward to it, and I hope I can do justice to the role!”

The play will be staged in Karachi by mid of March this year.

Amna Ilyas has proved her mettle as an actress with her performance in hit films including Zinda Bhaag, Saat Din Mohabbat In, Baaji, and Ready Steady No. From a supermodel, to an acclaimed actress in both film and television, the versatile Amna Ilyas is all set to take over theater now.

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The Treble: SANIA MASKATIYA showcased Resort 2020 at¬¬_New York Fashion Week F/W 2020

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The multi-award winning fashion design house Sania Maskatiya proudly showcased at the prestigious New York Fashion WeeK platform with its RESORT 2020 collection on 10th February at the Pier 59 Studios, as part of The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers’ (CAAFD) showcase.

Indeed, this marked the third consecutive year for Sania Maskatiya, the first and only Pakistani Designer and Design House, to officially participate at one of the big four main global fashion events, New York Fashion Week. Sania Maskatiya was hand-picked and invited by CAAFD for the 2020 edition having previously showcase at NYFW S/S 19 in 2018 and NYW F/W 19 in 2019.

Symphonic with what is both comfortable and chic, RESORT 2020 epitomises SANIA MASKATIYA’s signature femininity in both versatility and verve. Featuring breezy hand-woven fabrics, delicately cut and layered, embroidered with geometric and pastoral motifs, it lends ‘white-on-white’ a freshly fanciful energy. The collection boasts silhouettes from fairy tale to avant-garde, making the SM RESORT 2020 woman ever classic and always à la mode. The collection will be available at the Karachi flagship store for preview and pre-order from 15th February and onwards.

CAAFD is known for its rigorous review process in choosing designers to showcase their work at NYFW and Sania Maskatiya continues to proudly represent the Pakistan’s Fashion Industry.

The Sania Maskatiya brand is best known for its specialised, versatile prints, textile design based on pure textures, exceptional hues, and fine craftsmanship. The design house engages in some of the best craftsmanship in Pakistan, coming from generations of artisans who have specialized and perfected their craft. The brand is known for including rich textiles, fabric design and embroidery within their pieces. Sania Maskatiya has quickly become Pakistan’s most lauded designer and most prized fashion export.