The country’s most-loved band ‘Strings’ has taken over our social media, with some legendary collaborations, some beautiful renditions, and all things fantastic, mixing the colors of music in our gloomy quarantined days.
The biggest highlight of our weekend was when Faisal Kapadia went live on his Instagram page with none other than the musical maestro Abida Parveen, and we were blessed with what we think is the best live stream to have ever happened, period. We saw Abidajee performing a few lines from Man KuntoMaula. Kapadia used the live stream as an opportunity to talk to Abidajee about her life, so her fans and all those who were watching the stream could learn more about her. She also sang a few lines of Mehdi Hassan’s classic ballad “Ranjish Hi Sahi,” which practically brought tears to Kapadia’s eyes.
That’s not all; almost every other day, we are blessed with a beautiful acoustic rendition of songs on Bilal Maqsood’s Instagram. He put a sweet little message remembering Junaid Jamshed, and we just can’t get over it.
This beautiful cover of Amir Zaki’s ‘MeraPyar’ is what we exactly needed!
And to top it all off, this medley has our heart!
MeraBichraYaar X Jaana, wow, what a crossover!
Ever since the lockdown has begun, the Strings duo have been active on their Instagram pages and have continued to put out content and videos that have been a source of happiness and entertainment in our lives. They have gone live with a lot of other artists. Faisal has done live streams with another renowned Pakistani singer Haroon, and Palash of the Indian band Euphoria.
Watching the band we grew up listening to and loving dearly fill our lives with music and love has been so so great. Who would’ve thought the lockdown would bring us this candid version of Strings? So, Strings, please continue doing what you are doing, because you have been lightening up our days in the best way possible!
Strings, Pakistan’s favourite pop rock band, took the stage in Karachi last night in one of the most vibrant live performances of recent times, as a part of their collaboration with Salt Arts.
Playing a huge part in the revival of the concert culture in Karachi – Strings have played big and small arenas in the country, garnering love every time. Filled with a dizzying array of guitar riffs and drum beats, the band showcased a combination of new and old songs, including hit singles from their recently released album ’30’.
The sea-front venue provided an intimate space for the band to give a captivating performance to the thousands of Karachiites in attendance.
“For the legends, for the champions, for being there for thirty years, and for showing us all the way… Thank you Strings! Karachi you are forever #1” was posted on the Salt Arts social media after the event.
The internationally acclaimed band has been in the Pakistani music scene for the last 30 years. Their presence has not yet halted as theirs still remains one of the most enduring stories of the Pakistani musical scene. The band has been performing at concerts and festivals, bringing their live performances to the eager crowds around the country after the release of their album ’30’.
This internationally acclaimed Pakistani pop-rock band is composed of two members, plus four live band members from Karachi, Pakistan. Strings have been one of the most enduring stories of Pakistan’s musical scene. Having laid the blueprint for pop-rock in Pakistan, their inimitable body of work includes five studio albums, four-season of Coke Studio, multiple international film soundtracks, and more. Known for their melodious tracks and thoughtful poetry, Strings have managed to stay relevant in the Pakistani music scene over all the changing musical eras.
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Strings recently took the stage at Soul Fest in Karachi in front of the eager crowd. The musicians also called two of their little fans on stage to perform with them, and it was truly a heartfelt moment.
The famous band has recently released the last single from their 30-year anniversary album marking as another milestone in their iconic musical careers. As they took on the stage to perform for their excited fans, two little fans caught their eye and were called up on stage to sing along with the musicians. The 11-year-old and 5-year-old were enthusiastically singing along to classic hits like Duur, Sir Kiye Ye Pahar, Najane Kyun, Anjaane, and recent hits like Raat Shabnami, and Sajni. When the five-year-old sang along to “Sajni”, the crowd was ecstatic listening in on this stirring moment.
The internationally acclaimed pop-rock band Strings has existed in the Pakistani musical scene for the past 30 years and their relevance has not yet halted as theirs still remain one of the greatest musical stories in Pakistan.
In 2018, during their ‘30’ tour, Strings did a concert in Karachi. After a few generational hits, few arrangements caused a bit of a delay, but the packed crowd was patient, unusually patient. Now, for a capricious Karachi crowd to get restless in what is a cramping space is not unusual. But here we were, rejoicing what this old-timer band had produced thus far and excitedly waiting to see the new and the old. Strings has this kind of hold on the audience. Whether they are telling a tale of swooning over teenage-like love, a deep meaning song about losing a loved one, or a simpleton’s anthem of hope, it all connects.
To map the journey of Strings is like looking back at Pakistan’s pop scene as a whole. Four young boys Bilal Maqsood (vocals and guitars), Faisal Kapadia (vocals), Rafiq Wazir Ali (synthesizer) and Kareem Bashir Bhoy (bass guitars) make a band. From their first two albums, Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar, to this day, remains one of their most popular songs. The band underwent what seemed like a break up at the time, but it was just a hiatus to come back stronger.
Entering back into the music scene, their popularity went through the roof with Duur and Dhani. In the next few years, they collaborated with Hariharan and Sagarika daCosta, signed an album deal with Colombia Records, sang the Hindi version of the Hollywood blockbuster movie Spider-Man, and struck a deal with Gibson Guitar Corporation. Their work in Bollywood was limited but outstanding. Staying true to their music, Strings with Zinda and Aakhri Alvida showed that Pakistani musicians don’t have to change anything to reach the very top in India. This was a period where Indian films had opened in Pakistan, the cultural exchange was happening. Strings again took the lead here.
Moving forward, the band who had performed in Coke Studio earlier, took a new role as the show’s producers. This was a new stage for the band. They stayed on for four seasons and helped produced numerous hits. Their value was beyond the songs they were producing. They had become the voice of hope with ‘Mai to dekhonga’. Taking on roles as brand ambassadors and representing Pakistan at the global stage, Strings were in a way the face of the country.
Their latest effort, their album “30” is a culmination of the work they have done over the past 30 years. The release of the last video, Raat Shabnami returns to a format the band has followed for a long time. Yet, it sounds fresh and engages you with its peppy tunes. In fact, all the songs of this album reflect the grip of the band over their craft. Once again, the band has captured the imagination of the public; young and old.
Strings started by selling cassettes, progressed to the CD/DVD era, then became Youtube sensations. Today, 30 will perhaps be most listened to on platforms like Apple Music. All through this journey, they have remained true to their values as musicians and as lyricists. In that perhaps lie the secret of their longstanding success. Beyond the global and national awards, the greatness of this band is how with every song, they connect with their fans.
As fans of music, we hope that Strings 30 is just the start of another phase of great music, because we can never get enough of Strings!