Pakistani singer Atif Aslam has announced his plans to work with world famous musicians including John Mayer, Coldplay and Jimmy Page — the founder of the English hard rock band Led Zeppelin. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Aslam said, “We are planning to collaborate with John Mayer, Coldplay and Jimmy Page, but nothing is finalised yet.”
Aslam is a member of The Sonic Peacemakers’ ‘Pakistan America: Peace Through Music’ — a project aimed at bringing peace and understanding between the two countries through music. “Whenever I’m in the US, I keep aside a week to work only on my collaborations with artists. Be it raising money or tying up with international musicians, I’m doing everything on my own,” added the pop singer.
Aslam has already recorded four songs with the ex-members of iconic American band Guns N’ Roses — Slash, Gliby Clarke and Chris Pitman — for the album The Dreamer Awakes. “With the initiative, I plan to bring Pakistani singers — including our Sufi singers — and American artists together for musical collaborations.”
American guitarist Lanny Cordola, another member of The Sonic Peacemakers’ ‘Pakistan America: Peace Through Music’, and Aslam also have plans to take U2 on board soon. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed because, after all, they are busy people,” said Aslam.
The first few songs of the album are scheduled to be released by October or November this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2011.
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