This week’s show is a cocktail of raga, street and folk rock: Hindu hymns fused with western beats, English lyrics tuned to Desi street rock and an Indo-Israeli fusion!
Posts Tagged ‘South Asia Beat’
It’s freedom weekend for Indians and Pakistanis. Both nations are celebrating their respective independence days - Pakistan on the 14th and India on the 15th. And so, saluting the occasion, South Asia Beat features remixed freedom songs from the two countries.
This week, it’s a combo of desi South Asian songs tuned to the electric and bass guitars, keyboards, percussions, and drums. Rock music sung in some of the regional languages such as Nepali, Malayalam and Sinhala. And our focus is on three South Asian Bands, namely: Nepal 1974 AD, Avial from India’s Southern state of Kerala and Nemesis from Sri Lanka.
For many many years music in Afghanistan meant singing a religious song or chanting Talibani hymns. Any other form of singing was simply forbidden. Many Afghan families fled the repression to neighbouring countries. And it was here that their kids first heard the sound of an electric guitar, drums and rock music. While most were just happy listening to rock music, three young Afghans had other plans.
Bold, outspoken, politically active, even piloting the country’s national airline fleet or its fighter jets. Time and again Pakistani women have proved that they are equal to their male counterparts. Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jehangir, Captain Ayesha Rabia Jehangir, Dr. Fahmida Mirza, Ambreen Gul … These are just some of the many women pioneers Pakistan has produced. And joining this list of powerful women are two Lahore-based cousins- Zebunissa Bangash and Haniya Aslam.