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Celebrating Pakistani Music

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

Twelve Pakistani tracks to add to your playlist!

Pakistani music is an absolute treat to your ears. We've put together twelve beautiful pieces for you to hear and add to your playlist.

Tu Jhoom: a Coke Studio production, sung by the Queen of Sufi Music, the great Abida Parveen.

Janam Fidaye Haideri: another Sufi track, an indie production that became a massive hit for all the right reasons!

Wah Jo Kalaam: also a Sufi track, in Sindhi, falls in where folk and folk-pop music meet. A contemporary classic!

Bulbulik: A Wakhi song - the Wakhi are an Iranian ethnic group native to Central and South Asia. Some 55,000 native speakers live in four countries: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and China.

Pasoori: a Punjabi song which isn't just beautiful, it's energy is whole vibe!

Watna te Wallo Aa: another classic from folk music. Arif Lohar is one of the country's undisputed kings among folk singers.

Kana Yaari: another Coke Studio production from the latest season. An absolutely beautiful Balochi song, and Eva B, Pakistan's only Baloch hip hop female rapper and singer! Breaking stereotypes around the veil all the way!

Zama Stargo Ke Jara: a Pashto track. Animated music videos aren't quite the thing in Pakistan yet, but yet another indie artist team has done an absolutely fantastic job here!

Wajah: a seasoned singer and the much-loved Shehzad Roy got together with a handful of smaller artists to develop this Urdu x Brahui piece. It is absolute gold. Brahui is the only Dravidian language that survives in the region to date.

Dilruba Na Raazi: yet another folk x pop song in Urdu and Pashto. The energy is unreal!

Larsha Pekhawar Ta: another track combining folk music with pop vibes to end up as a beautiful piece of art. It's in Pashto and was produced by Rohail Hyatt, a renowned name in the Pakistani musicscape.

Qalaari: the only instrumental track on this list, by indie artist Salaar Khan, is energetic yet calming, and a lovely mix where the folk instrument, the Rabab, converges the contemporary guitar.

We would love to hear from you, which one is now your new favourite?

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