Beggar at Ghazi Chowk


Punjabi Punk & More.

14 Apr 2010

This Dawn article presents interesting glimpse for someone alien to the Pakistani Music scene.

An accompanying slideshow is available at the media gallery.

It also provides a glimpse into anti American views in Pakistan, thanks to Ali Azmat. People still blame ‘the West’ and their intelligence agencies for everything, as the Pakistani ego issue continues. For those who haven’t heard his music though, it’s really good. His latest album, Kalashinfolk, is especially interesting. It draws inspiration from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but has an obvious Pakistani outlook. Gallan, a famous single off the album, is classified by Ali Azmat as ‘Punjabi Punk’. That better get you interested.

The part about Junaid Jamshed is a bit too dismissive I think. Its more complicated than him becoming a ‘maulvi’ and quitting music. I think we should him that much credit, and if you look up some of his interviews, there’s more to it.