With five studio albums, four seasons of Coke Studio, scores of anthems, multiple international film soundtracks and accolades, the iconic pop-rock band Strings are set to mark three decades of groundbreaking music with the release of eight new singles.
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The powerhouse duo of Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood, who laid the blueprint for pop-rock via their signature sound and inimitable body of work, will grace us with eight singles to celebrate 30 years of Strings, the first two tracks being Sajni and Urr Jaaon.
The multifaceted duo has been playing together since the late 80s is a true marker in what has become one of the most historically significant bands to emerge from South Asia, ever.
Strings was in fact first formed in 1988 by four members. The quartet signed on with major record label, EMI, to release their first, critically-acclaimed self-titled album Strings in 1990, followed by their second album 2, in 1992 featuring tracks such as Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar that took the country by storm.
Strings disbanded the same year and returned after a hiatus of eight years and marking a comeback with the release of their third studio album, Duur in 2000.
Duur made waves on the Indian music channels and was reissued on the Magnasound label, which has launched pop stars Baba Sehgal and Remo Fernandes in 2002. Following their success, Strings released their fourth studio album Dhaani on the Columbia Records label including a single titled Najane Kyun which was featured as a soundtrack for the Hollywood film Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and also the Urdu version of Spider-Man by Columbia TriStar Films of India.
With that, Strings became the first Pakistani band to ever sing on an international film. Strings won its first international award, MTV Asia’s Favourite Artist India award in 2005 and has continued to win accolades till date.
Strings has also lent their compositions for a number of Bollywood films including Zinda, Shootout at Lokhandwala & John Day. The band released their fifth studio album Koi Aanay Wala Hai in 2008 and also produced the soundtrack for the award-winning Pakistani feature film Moor in 2015.
Strings took the wheels of Coke Studio from Rohail Hyatt to make a debut with Season 7 in 2014 and produced four consecutive seasons till they bid farewell to the country’s biggest music platform last year, but with a promise to return with more masterpieces as they now embark on yet another exciting chapter in their musical expedition.