Atif Aslam’s American agenda

Published: July 21, 2010
Atif Aslam believes his collaboration will create inroads for other Pakistani musicians. PHOTO: EPA

Atif Aslam believes his collaboration will create inroads for other Pakistani musicians. PHOTO: EPA

KARACHI: Pop sensation Atif Aslam has teamed up with ex-Guns N’ Roses members for an album. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Aslam said that Pakistan is very talented especially in the field of music and his joint venture will provide yet another international platform to the local music industry.

The first track of the album has already been recorded in Los Angeles, he said. The band members left the iconic band to form Velvet Revolver with Slash.

“Collaborating with the band is a success for the whole music industry in Pakistan,” he said. During the press conference the singer said, “As per the contract with the American band, I will be able to represent Pakistani culture in this album. It will clear many misunderstandings about Pakistan.”

The album is called The Dreamer Awakes.

Aslam said, “The first track of the album is in Punjabi and its music has been composed by the American partners.”

“Americans want to know about Pakistani art and culture,” he said. “This effort is initiated to bring the two nations closer.”

The joint venture comes after Aslam’s massive success in India. The musician has sung playback for several Bollywood films, including Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Race.

Though Pakistani singers have frequently collaborated with Bollywood, the music industry has very few examples of Pakistani artists working with western musicians.

Aslam believes this will make new inroads for his peers.

“My project will also benefit other singers. I will try to introduce them on an international level through this album,” he said.

Aslam is also making his debut as an actor this year. The musician is playing the lead role in Shoaib Mansoor’s film, Bol, which also stars Umaima Abbasi and Mahira Khan.

Aslam said, “I wanted to begin my acting career from Pakistan which is why I worked in Shoaib Mansoor’s film. Depending on the response for this film, I will decide about working in Bollywood movies. If it fails, I will continue with music.”

Bol is scheduled to release this fall.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ammar Habib Khan
    Jul 22, 2010 - 11:00AM

    but who are the members…..Recommend

  • Farooq Mobashir
    Jul 22, 2010 - 3:16PM

    Slash – ex-lead guitarist
    Gilby Clarke – ex-rhythm guitarist (also a record producer)Recommend

  • Lady X
    Jul 22, 2010 - 4:16PM

    Is somebody about to sing thier Swan Song?Recommend

  • Umer Iqbal
    Jul 22, 2010 - 10:41PM

    So will they cover mere pyare bache???Recommend

  • talha
    Jul 23, 2010 - 12:04PM

    its another rocking performance by the star, keep it up……….Recommend

  • sidra
    Jul 23, 2010 - 12:22PM

    its not trueRecommend

  • Jul 23, 2010 - 2:12PM

    wOw awesOm… keep it up Atif, u rOck!!!Recommend

  • IUHS
    Jul 23, 2010 - 2:37PM

    of all the brilliant musicians this country has produced, why was atif aslam chosen to collaborate with them?Recommend

  • Jul 24, 2010 - 6:57PM

    @ IUHS:

    Hear, hear!Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2010 - 6:38AM

    Just to address Farooq Mobashir’s listing…Slash isn’t part of the project at all, in any shape or form. The project’s initiated by Sorum and Cordola, who were in Guns’N’Roses and later in Velvet Revolver. Gilby’s presence on the album is news to me (whether good or bad, or both, I can’t be sure…) but that’s pretty much the only purely GnR involvement on any side of this puddle of poo.

    I would also like to “third” the sentiment expressed by IUHS.Recommend

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