As you can tell by now … I’m all about promoting new talent. Once I believe in someone and their talent, I try to encourage and promote them as much as I can especially because word of mouth seems to be the best strategy to push one forward these days.

“You may recognize the names Zeb and Haniya from their video ‘Aitebar’ running on airwaves these days, the single ‘Chup’ that found its way from the internet to the radio stations or from their posters that are plastered over the music stores where their debut album is flying off the shelves. Zeb and Haniya are definitely in the realm of music stardom.” The News – Instep.

I had the privelage of getting to know Zeb & Haniya when I was studying at Clark University a few years ago. At the time, Zeb was studying at Mt. Holyoke while Haniya was finishing up University at Smith College. As you can probably guess, I was one of those annoying fans who would repeatedly ask them to sing for hours, enjoy their music, and encourage them to move to Pakistan and start their own group as our country needs such talented artists.

Having the same background (as they are cousins)… they have been humming songs, writing their own stuff, and breathing music since childhood.

Zeb and Haniya’s debut album was released in Pakistan in July of last year. Their album is fresh, original, and a great mixture of many different kinds of music including jazz & blues, which has not yet been introduced in Pakistan yet. You can see a sample of their work on: http://www.zebandhaniya.com and http://www.myspace.com/zebandhaniya.

One of my favorite Zeb & Haniya songs is Paimana Bideh, which is in Pushto and Dari. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMZCqfvv3dk

Also, their first music video came out for their song Aitebaar just a few months ago as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTH-bzlSE1E.

Along with Zeb & Haniya.. I would also like to mention Amanat Ali. For those who are not familiar with him, Amanat Ali was a struggling Pakistani singer who got his big break when he took part in India’s Saregamapa Challenge 2007 project. During his time there, he managed to win the hearts of many Indians and recently sang for the movie Dostana as well. One of his most brilliant performances on stage was from Masoom, where he sang Tujseh Naraz. This performance has changed this Pakistani singer’s life and he deserves recognition from all of you as well.

Amanat Ali Performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2raPC1mYUc

Enjoy the music and have a good weekend.
(The picture above is from The News – Instep edition)



  1. Zeb & Haniys’s Paimana Bideh – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMZCqfvv3dk

    Zeb & Haniya’s Aitebaar – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTH-bzlSE1E.

    Amanat Ali’s Tujseh Naraz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2raPC1mYUc

  2. It’s interesting, I was singing this song to myself a while back (tujsheh naraz) and thinking I should really get hold of it and listen to it, and here it is! 🙂

  3. Re: Zeb & Haniya, I’m hooked to Rona Chor Diya and Chup.

  4. Thanks Xeb. Amanat did a great job. Chup is also a great song and one of the first songs that Zeb & Haniya had written. You should check out the rest of the album as well. It has some great music.

  5. Chal Diye is my favorite zeb and haniya song.

  6. Andre Gilas · · Reply

    i cant understand what the girls are saying but their voices are fantastic

  7. “Incidentally, I think its such a pity we (from Pakistan) need to go to India to get the recognition we deserve, but never manage to get in our own country. *sigh* Sometimes I wonder if there’s anything we (as a country) have managed to really achieve that we can truly be proud of. And the fact that I wonder at all, for me, is depressing enough really.”



    Ps: I’ve heard Khamaj (when it came out all that while ago) and I’ve loved it since. I also like both Fuzon’s new album and Shafqat’s new album a lot. They’ve grown a lot since methinks! 🙂

  8. ijaz ul haq · · Reply

    Great job.Your blog is full of interesting stories gup/shup.Its nice as all stories are real and full of experience.Stop smoking and start exercising.

  9. Chal Diye and Ahaan are two amazing songs! Best of luck to these talented singers…can’t wait for the next album.

  10. these girls are good.

    once again omar, great blog. you’re doing a very good job here.

    keep it up…

  11. Zeb and Haniya’s performances on Coke Studio have been phenominal so far – If you’ve missed out, please check out their songs “Chal Diye”, which is about Islamabad @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmUIBGYNrDw and Paimona @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSgvcm7KglY

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