Uth gets a platform
A local telecom collaborates with some big-wigs of the music
industry and brings
forward Uth Records!
We knew that
Coke Studio would bring about a revolution, except we didn’t imagine
it to take this
much time. After almost three years since Coke Studio started, there is
finally a whole new platform being given to upcoming musicians. The
twist folks, the platform is for upcoming musicians, not already
Forums like Koolmuzone
and Base Rock Café have proven that we definitely have a lot of talent.
Every weekend, at least three to four bands perform at BRC, while
Koolmuzone updates its website almost every day with unreleased songs
and brand new videos of these underground artists. Where does all this
talent get directed to?
Uth Records, an
initiative taken by Ufone, attempts to provide some relief to these
musicians, in the form of giving them a chance to come forward
with their work. No, they are not a record label (as the name suggests).
Instead, it is a youth based music reality television show that provides
these musicians a professional platform for their original work to be
seen. In a recently held press conference, the entire team behind this
project was present to give their thoughts on Uth Records.
To put it down in the
words of the producers themselves: “We give you a chance to send us
demos. Our panel will select bands and then give them a chance to record
their songs for our show, then this show will be aired all over Pakistan
over all the major channels,” is what Louis J Pinto (Gumby) had to
needs no introduction, being one of the most successful drummers in our
industry. Having him as one of the producers really causes a lot of
What adds to this
excitement is another musician who is well known for his dual role as a
singer in one band and as a guitarist in another (co-VEN and Mauj
respectively) Omran ‘Momo’ Shafique, who is also the producer for
“We had all these
kids sending us their demos at LJP Studios, and some of these kids were
really really good, and they would ask us keh ab ham kya karein? (What
do we do now?). And it was really weird to tell them keh jee sorry agay
koi option naheen hai, (there is no option) good luck trying to make it
on your own. Now these musicians have an option.” Omran added to
Also aiding them in
their venture is Zeeshan Pervez, playing the role of the Director for
Uth Records, who is yet another well-known personality in the industry:
A director, music producer and an acclaimed musician with his band Sajid
and Zeeshan. “The vision of Uth Records is to recognize new potential
talent, give them a platform so that the ‘Uth’ comes out and tries
to do something creative and at the same time have a bit of fun. Uth
Records is probably, if not only, amongst the few avenues in Pakistan
that is truly promoting youth involvement in music production.”
Sounds similar to Coke
Studio? Well not really, it’s a different idea featuring three
seasoned players from Coke Sudio - Gumby, Omran Shafique and Zeeshan
Parwez. Imagine the possibilities for all the musicians who are
struggling to spread their work, and it’s as easy as simply sending
demos to the team who will then choose who gets a chance to participate.
Also, the first show is just around the corner, as Uth Records will
debut nationwide in February 2011 on all leading channels.
The Chief marketing
manager of Ufone, Akbar Khan, also added his thoughts on behalf of his
company saying: “Ufone has always seen itself as a brand that appeals
to the youth. With Uth Records, we wanted to take our connection with
the youth a step forward, by not only providing them a convenient means
of communicating that speaks directly to them, but also by providing a
platform to aspiring musicians, whereby they have an opportunity to
showcase their talent to the whole world.”
While we eagerly wait
for the first show to come out, we also urge undergrounds bands and
musicians to avail this opportunity and make something of it.
fashion council for Pakistan: PFC registered!
Aamna Haider Isani
Setting a new
record for a country with the most fashion councils is Pakistan as CEO
Triple E, Mr Arshad Siddiqui, has registered a council of his own under
the title ‘Pakistan Fashion Council’.
“This council will
be for all designers of Pakistan as well as people associated with the
fashion industry such as stylists, journalists, etc,” Mr Siddiqui
spoke to me from Islamabad where he is hosting PFC’s first project,
Islamabad Fashion Week. “Some people (established designers) have been
treating fashion as their personal jaageer (property) and this is an
attempt to make it accessible to all.”
He furthered that
Tariq Amin had been appointed CEO of the council for three years and
memberships were open for all designers, established and especially
upcoming. Providing details, he added that his company Triple E would
initially be undertaking all expenses. A jury of foreign fashion experts
had currently been set to select the best designer at IFW, who would
then be sponsored and sent to show at New York Fashion Week.
It’s interesting to
note that the newly formed PFC has registered all rights to the titles
Karachi Fashion Week, Islamabad Fashion Week and Lahore Fashion Week and
will be hosting fashion weeks in all three cities around the year.
“Lahore Fashion Week
will be held in Lahore this June,” Mr Siddiqui confirmed.
It is surely a matter
of concern that instead of integrating, Pakistan’s fashion industry is
about to suffer further disintegration and fashion events are about to
become messier and more confusing than they already are with multiple
functioning (and dysfunctional) fashion weeks at hand. But one has to
admit that no one is to blame more than the design fraternity
Had senior designers
shown some unity and maturity at the very beginning of the game, it
would not have come to this. What now? Well fashion is a very bankable
product these days and it is apparently up for grabs so may the highest
bidder win the deal!
Pakistani musicians rule Mirchi Music Awards
done it again! A host of Pakistani musicians have once more enchanted
audience to such an extent that they won several nominations at the
Mirchi Music Awards and some of them won the awards too.
Mirchi Music Awards,
which originate from Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, is all about recognizing
great Indian music. In fact, these awards in India are known as “the
Grammys of India.” These awards are also said to be “purely
Bollywood awards” which is not a surprise given the lack of a music
industry independent of Bollywood in India. They are supported by the
Singers Association of India and the Music Composers Association of
Fateh Ali Khan won Best Male Vocalist Of The Year honour for ‘Tere
Mast Mast Do Nain’. Rahat was also nominated for ‘Sajda’, under
the same category. Shiraz Uppal was named the Best Upcoming Music
Director for ‘Rabba’ (Aashayein).
Amanat Ali’s song
‘Thumri’ from his debut album Kohram won Best Indipop Song, beating
out Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
and Shankar Mahadevan tune ‘Aman Ki Asha’ and Shafqat Amanat Ali’s
song ‘Kyun Dooriyan’.
Not stopping at
winning just one award, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shankar Mahadevan’s
song for My Name Is Khan, ‘Sajda’ won the title of
Best Sufi Song. Rahat’s song ‘Aas Pass Khuda’ from Anjaana
Anjaani was also nominated under the same category.
‘Sajda’ by Rahat
Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan and Richa Sharma from My Name is Khan
won an award for the Best Raag Inspired Song Of The Year while ‘Tum Jo
Aaye’ by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Tulsi Kumar from Once Upon A Time In
Mumbai was nominated for the same award.
Najam Sheraz won the Best Upcoming Male Vocalist Of The Year award for
‘Tere Bina’ from Shaapit.
While Rahat Fateh Ali
and Shafqat Amant Ali are no strangers to fame, fortune and awards in
India, it’s nice to see old hands such as Najam Sheraz and Shiraz
Uppal being recognized for their talent as well. That Amanat Ali’s
tune won over the work of veterans is also pleasantly surprising. More
power to Pakistanis making it big outside of the country, we say!
accused of 9/11 conspiracy by woman
Wilson Turks may not be a household name just yet, but she is poised to
become famous with a complaint she has filed against P. Diddy in a
Manhattan court. Turks is seeking a
restraining order and child support from Diddy, whom she claims to have
a 23 year old son, Cornelius Wilson with. Turks also believes that Diddy,
along with his then girlfriend Kim Porter and a man named Rodney King is
responsible for the events of 9/11.
through Kim Porter and Rodney King and knocked down the WTC and then
they all came and knocked my children down,” Turks writes in her
complaint form. “Set me up to be on disability and disabled my baby.
He put my baby in a wheelchair.”
Not only is Diddy
guilty of terrorist acts, according to Turks, she also claims that Diddy
“date raped me 24 years ago and knocked me down him and Kim
Porter and Wallace Wright, then Sean Combs and Kim and Wallace came back
18 years later and raped and sexually abused my children and knocked my
children down and crushed me and my children daily.”
Turks is seeking $900
billion in child support and $100 billion for "loss of income”.
The judge presiding over the matter has scheduled a court hearing for
today, January 31.
flying high, Charlie Sheen goes to rehab
is finally listening to dad Martin Sheen and is headed to rehab after
what the media has
dubbed a 36 hour drug, booze and hooker “binge”, or what Charlie
simply refers to as Wednesday. During his elongated party, Charlie had
some hernia issues, reportedly triggered by laughing too hard at the TV,
which if reports given by his playmates for the day are to be believed,
was playing porn, and not Two And A Half Men. As Charlie tried to
control his spasms of pain and laughter, somebody in the house had the
presence of mind to turn off the Red Hot Chili Peppers karaoke and call
Dr Nassif to ask him for his medical advice, who then called 911.
Charlie was rushed to
the hospital and all speculations of him having OD’d have been shot
down. Shortly thereafter, he decided to go to rehab.
"He is most
grateful to all who have expressed their concern," says an official
statement by his reps. "Mr. Sheen asks that his privacy be
respected at this time and that no additional information will be
A statement issued by
CBS Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck
Lorre says that production of Two And A Half Men has been halted for the
profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his
decision," the statement said.