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)