Zohaib Kazi Music Review - Pakistan Indie Generation


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Zohaib Kazi Music Review - Pakistan Indie Generation
Karachi based Pakistani music producer Zohaib Kazi is a progressive visionary who works with a self- invented genre he calls Ambient South Asia. With a wealth of knowledge in music and expertise from his current role as Assistant Producer at Coke Studio, Kazi is passionately involved in designing and managing all aspects of his music. So far he has released three singles and two videos including Maan Lo with Zara Madani and Naad-e-Ali, which went on to top most music charts in Pakistan. His current projects include several collaborations with other artists and work on his own album titled Ismail Ka Urdu Sheher based on a novel he is writing. A free thinker/musician/manager/videographer who believes in science fiction practicalities, karma, power of thought and accountability to his creator.

Influences: Massive Attack, Nitin Sawhney, Rage Against the Machine, Karsh Kale, Foo Fighters, Junoon, Moby, Mogwai, A R Rahman, Sigur Ros, Rahul Sharma, Anoushka Shankar, Talvin Singh, Norah Jones, Rohail Hyatt.

Location: Karachi.

Members: Jaffer Ali Zaidi, Abbas Ali Khan, Sara Haider, Omran Shafique, Gumby, Samra Khan, Imam Hamdani, Nida Khurram, Zara Madani, Naday Ali Zaidi, Devika Chawla, Rahat Ali (flute).

Videos:
Alvida: Brilliant acoustics in this track but lyrical sequencing seem to be a bit out of place; background is filled with multiple atmospheric effects but ambient music is all about calmness something which just goes on not like techno but more environment rich that helps you focus at the task at hand without thinking too much about each note but this track for me doesn’t do that but still a decent enough effort.

Vocals: Zoe Viccaji
Written, Composed & Produced: Zohaib Kazi



Awaz: An innovative electronic act has this lyrically touching impact as me being a total pseudo-science nut totally enjoyed the lyrical interludes. The ambience of this track gets deeper and darker as it’s filled with conflicting overtones.

Vocals: Zohaib Kazi feat. Samra & Jaffer

 Zohaib Kazi

Beyond the Gates of Gagashah: Shiver down the spine this ambient track takes me to into this Afro-Cuban region with haunting chanting and the clave rhythmic pattern; awesome.

Arranger-Composer-Producer: Zohaib Kazi

 Zohaib Kazi

Bijuri: A beautiful classical track; one has to indulge in it to feel the emotional depth of this track. Some serious synth mixing and additional effects to increase the effectiveness. Vocals for me at times appear somewhat flat as general voice texture you assume when listening to classical tracks appear to be somewhat missing.

Video Concept: Devika & Zohaib
Vocals: Devika
Music Composition: Traditional - Derived from Rag Miyan Ki
Audio Mastering: Bilal Iftikhar
Video Editing: Bilal Habib
Directors of Photography: Nick Myggen (for Devika) & Bilal Khan (for Zohaib)



Bolo: More of an acoustic track which has something of an anthemic quality to it; the track is more about delivering of a social message through music but for me I prefer my message in form of symphonic rock with the vocalist screaming his/her lungs out at incomprehensible octaves ripping apart your consciousness and sonic venom bringing you into the senses that you have lost over time. Don’t feel like sleeping anymore and this track makes me sleepy.

Vocals: Zoe Viccaji
Guitars: Omran Shafique
Drums: Gumby (Louis.J.Pinto)
Mixed & Mastered by: Kashif Ejaz
Produced: Zoe & Zohaib



Butterfly in Space: As eastern as it gets; with this track you get a taste of classical sounding vocals engulfed in captivating Electro-Ethnic rhythm. Listening and chilling out.

Arranger-Composer-Producer: Zohaib Kazi

 Zohaib Kazi

Cosmic Orchestra with Mr. Carl Sagan: Is it just be or Mr. Carl Sagan turns every human accomplishment every human deed sound so morbid and so painstakingly simple and as the background orchestra gives a sonic journey to every word said and as it drowns you, you feel more alone than when you began.

Arranger-Composer-Producer: Zohaib Kazi

 Zohaib Kazi

Design of Nature: Now this is pure South Asian electronica; not very mainstream but works for me since the main difference I feel when listening to similar tracks coming from west as they feel a bit robotic, devoid of any true feelings, a bit synthetic for my taste and you don’t have be particularly high to put some feel into the synth.

Arranger-Composer-Producer: Zohaib Kazi

 Zohaib Kazi

Gates of Gagashah: Again the African chanting, shivers while listening and respect after listening; creates a hauntingly beautiful environment for me as it open with an ambient synthesized pattern but as soon after the emptiness is filled with these sonic incantations.

Arranger-Composer-Producer: Zohaib Kazi

 Zohaib Kazi

Jaagay: Now someone out there should make this illegal and do that quickly before more people manage to get hold of it. The most annoying part of the whole messy affair is that this guy has this awe-inspiring talent but what he decides is to pick up an acoustic and delivers one of the most school boyish flat efforts.

Vocalist-Guitars: Zohaib Kazi



Khwabon Mein: Why the name Ismail Ka Urdu Sheher something I can only ponder on without coming up with any decent explanation; the synth effects the electronic yet at time classical ambience behind this track takes one into this mortally dangerous journey as one is engulfed into obscurity but the composition brings you on the surface before it all ends.

Vocalist: Abbas Ali Khan Feat Sara Haider
Composer: Zohaib Kazi
Drums: Gumby
Guitars: Omran 'Momo' Shafique and Imam Hamdani



Kinara: One of the best opening sequence with catchy leads in the middle, love this track gives me this happy feeling. Vocals gel in awesomely with the beats and lyrically a bit nonsensical since can’t make head or toe out of it but warning putting this one in loop can give a deeper meaning to it.

Vocals: Sara Haider
Guitars: Omran Shafique
Written, Composed & Produced: Zohaib Kazi



Maan Lo: A simple beautiful mellow track; a smooth bass-line backed by highly emotive lyrics. Can bleed my ears dry when listening to Zara Madani soulful voice she has this effect on me can’t say what but can’t stop listening to her.

Vocals: Zohaib Kazi feat. Zara Madani & Naad-e-Ali



Naraaz Mausam: Love the techno sounding fast-paced flute; hate the vocal interlude since it confuses the rhythm since the part before it had me going electroacoustic loop but messed me up expecting a the pace to build up a bit more but still a decent track to listen to.

San Francisco based Indian vocalist Devika & Pakistani music producer Zohaib Kazi announce the release of their second groundbreaking collaborative single titled "Naraaz Mausam" that was conceived, produced and recorded completely through their remote collaboration over the Internet and Social Media Platforms. Sony Music India has featured this track in its recent compilation titled "Lounge Nirvana", also featuring tracks by A.R. Rahman, Rahul Sharma, Rohail Hyatt, Sandeep Chowta and others. "Naraaz Mausam" is a contemporary lounge presentation of an original song created jointly by Zohaib & Devika. As with their first collaboration "Bijuri", both artists have created this track through remote collaboration, despite never having met each other and residing in different continents. All interactions were over Internet email & Skype chat/calls.

Music Production & Lyrics: Zohaib Kazi
Vocals & Composition: Devika
Flute: Rahat Ali

 Zohaib Kazi

Raat Bazar: This track has this quality that you up end up wanting more; first time when listening to it I just end up waiting for the part where it picks off but it never quite does that but still the emotional prowess of lyrics doesn’t escape you with guitars resonating in the background gives a hauntingly beautiful effect to the track.

Vocals: Zohaib Kazi feat. Nida Khurram



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