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Haider Ali

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Haider Ali
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Haider Ali live on August 29, 2015
BornHaider Ali
(1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 26)[1]
Islamabad, Capital Territory, Pakistan
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2015–present
🌐 Websitehaidertonight.com
Signature
Haider Ali Autographed Signature

Haider Ali (born July 12, 1994) is a singer-songwriter, photographer, and graphic designer, also recognized as haidertonight,[2] and best known as a musician for appearing on the (Season 8) of the Coke Studio (Pakistan) on August 16, 2015,[3][4] and for being the keyboardist of the pop/rock music group, Strings (band).[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Ali was born on July 12, 1994, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ali often found himself drawing imaginary things in thin air that he would later put onto a piece of paper, a knack for art that he got from a very young age. Bored and unmotivated, the young Ali was a rather shy and sensitive child who found a safe haven in art and music classes, and his interest later sprouted into a full-time career.[7]

Career[edit]

2015: International Photography Awards and Coke Studio[edit]

After graduation, Ali participated in the International Photography Awards (IPA) in July 2015 and won two Honorable Mention Award(s)[8] commissioned by the chair of the jury committee (IPA), Susan Baraz,[9] and president (IPA), Hossein Farmani,[10][11] within the Architecture-Industrial[12] and Fine Art-Still Life[13] categories. On August 16, 2015, Ali made his live television debut on Coke Studio (Pakistani season 8). He represented the house band on the (Season 8) of the show,[14][15] and became known after performing guitar/keyboards for Atif Aslam’s session[16] — now the most viewed episode of the show’s history[17][18] — with having over 250 million views on YouTube.[19][20]

2016–2017: Michigan State University and California Institute of Arts[edit]

Inspired from his experience, Ali attended Michigan State University (MSU) and earned a diploma in professional photography in September 2016, followed up by another diploma in graphic design from the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) in October 2017.[21] On November 29, 2016, Ali’s photography was featured at the first annual Coursera Capstone Alumni — Kresge Art Center exhibit,[22] hosted by professor photography (MFA), Syracuse University (SU), Peter Glendinning,[23] and associate professor photography (DMA), University of Illinois (UIUC), Mark Sullivan,[24] at Michigan State University (MSU). Ali’s photograph titled “Tanning Egg"[25] was featured at the exhibit among the works of 127 photographers from 39 countries.[26] On June 9, 2017, Ali was recognized on the Coursera Blog — Learner Story series for his achievements in professional photography and graphic design specializations from Michigan State University (MSU) and California Institute of Arts (CalArts).[27] On August 1, 2017, Ali gave his intake on his fellow band members Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia from Strings (band) for hosting Coke Studio (Pakistan).[28]

2018–2019: Strings[edit]

On April 9, 2018, Ali, and Strings (band) released the music video for the much-anticipated second single off their sixth studio album "30" titled 'Urr Jaoon.'[29][30] On June 23, 2018, Ali, and Strings (band) released the third single off their sixth studio album "30" titled 'Piya Re.'[31] On August 6, 2018, Ali, and Strings (band) released the fourth single off their sixth studio album "30" titled 'Mil Gaya' on which Ali played keyboards.[32] On November 7, 2019, Ali, and Strings (band) released their sixth studio album "30" along with the final single (music) titled 'Raat Shabnami' — both the album and the single received praise by the fans.[33][34]

2020–present: Without You[edit]

On April 9, 2020, Ali digitally self-released his debut single (music) titled ‘Without You,’[35] recorded and produced at SoundBite Studios in Los Angeles, California.[36]

See also[edit]

  • Atif Aslam
  • California Institute of Arts
  • Coke Studio (Pakistan)
  • Coke Studio (Pakistani season 8)
  • Coke Studio (Pakistani season 9)
  • Coke Studio (Pakistani season 10)
  • Coursera
  • Hossein Farmani
  • International Photography Awards
  • Michigan State University
  • Strings (band)
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Illinois
  • YouTube

References[edit]

  1. "Haider Ali — Date of Birth". ISNI. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  2. "Haider Ali — Aliases". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. "Coke Studio 8: From boys to men". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. "Coke Studio Season 8 starting from 16th". The Nation (Pakistan). Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. "About – Strings band members". Strings Official Website. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  6. "Strings & Salt Arts collaborate mesmerized Karachi". Salt Arts. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  7. "Earning artistic recognition — at the office and on Instagram". Coursera. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  8. "IPA 2015 Winners". International Photography Awards. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  9. "Susan Baraz". International Photography Awards. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  10. "Hossein Farmani". London International Creative Competition. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  11. "IPA Founder and President: Hossein Farmani". International Photography Awards. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  12. "IPA 2015 Winner / Smokestack / Haider Ali". International Photography Awards. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  13. "IPA 2015 Winner / Light in the Dark / Haider Ali". International Photography Awards. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  14. "Coke Studio Season 8". House of Pakistan. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  15. "Coke Studio Season 8 House Band". Dispatch News Desk. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  16. "Coke Studio Season 8 Episode 1: Atif Aslam's Session Credits". Coke Studio (Pakistan). Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  17. "Atif Aslam's 'Tajdar-e-Haram', crosses 100 million views". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  18. "Atif Aslam's rendition of 'Tajdar-e-Haram' reaches 100 million views". The News International. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  19. "Atif Aslam makes a record". Something Haute. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  20. "Coke Studio Hits 100 Million Views on YouTube". The Coca-Cola Company. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  21. "Specializations in design and photography". Coursera. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  22. "MSU's first-ever Coursera Capstone exhibit". Coursera. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  23. "Peter Glendinning". Michigan State University — Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  24. "Mark Sullivan". Michigan State University — Music Faculty. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  25. Haider Ali. "@haidertonight shared a photo on Instagram: "Tanning Egg". Instagram. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  26. "127 Students, 39 Countries, One Photography Exhibit". Michigan State University — College of Arts & Letters. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  27. "Learner Story Series". Coursera. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  28. "Coke Studio's House Band's Experience Working with Strings". Reviewit.pk. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  29. "Strings release music video of Urr Jaoon". Big News Network. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  30. "Strings Unveil the Music Video for 'Urr Jaoon'". Bnews99. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  31. "Strings release third track from '30' Piya Re". The Nation (Pakistani newspaper). 22 June 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  32. "Mil Gaya by Strings will leave you speechless". Daily Times (Pakistan). 6 August 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  33. "Twitter cannot stop grooving to Strings' new song 'Raat Shabnami'". The Express Tribune. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  34. Sabeeh, Maheen. "Strings to end 30 (Tees) with 'Raat Shabnami'". The News International. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  35. Haider Ali. "@haidertonight shared a photo on Instagram: "Without You"". Instagram. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  36. "Without You by Haider Ali". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 24 August 2020.

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