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Maha Ali Kazmi
A photo of Maha Ali Kazmi in Skardu, Pakistan
Background information
Born Karachi, Pakistan
Genres Pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Website mahaalikazmi.com

Maha Ali Kazmi (Urdu: مہا علی کاظمی‎) is a Pakistani singer-songwriter[1] who was born and grew up in Karachi[2] and is of Kashmiri descent.[3] She completed her higher education from Monash University, Melbourne Australia [4], and upon returning to Pakistan she began her musical career as the back-up vocalist for Cornetto Music Icons in 2013.[5] She released her debut single called Nazar soon after.[6]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Maha Ali Kazmi was born in Karachi, Pakistan to Ali Asghar Raza, a civil engineer of Kashmiri descent and Fatima Ali Asghar.[7] Music is a heritage passed down to her from the Hindustani classical artist Wajid Ali Shah, the ancestor from her mother’s side.[8]

She started singing and joined her very first underground band at the age of 16 in Karachi[9] However, after graduating high school she decided to pursue her education and moved to Melbourne.[10]

Career[edit | edit source]

Upon completion of her studies she returned to Karachi soon after which she auditioned for Cornetto Music Icons and thereupon ex- Vital Signs' Shahi Hasan selected her as a backup vocalist for the show which was aired on ARY Digital.[11] This experience gave her exposure to working alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry in Pakistan, namely Rahat Fateh Ali, Ali Azmat, Strings and Alamgir to name a few.[12]

She released her debut single, Nazar, produced by Farhad Humayun, the front man and drummer of Lahore based band Overload in 2013[13]

The release of Maha's song Nazar got widely noticed in India when Times of India, a reputable Indian News Publication took notice of her[14]. Her song instantly went viral in India and became very controversial given her Kashmiri ties. Comparisons were made to how a Pakistani Kashmiri girl, Maha, continued to perform music in an equally conservative and hostile environment to western music in Pakistan while just across the border in Indian occupied Kashmir an all girl's popular band called Pragash Band was forced to disband due to the hostile religious conservative environment towards music and female musicians in Kashmir.[15].

Her second single Jana Nahi, produced by Shahi Hasan was released in 2014.[16]

She has since released a number of singles[17] which have been very well received[18] including a collaboration with guitar maestro Aamir Zaki in the form of a song called Aaj Sun Ke Tumara Naam which was released on his one month death anniversary as a tribute to the Pakistani guitarist. [19]

Discography[edit | edit source]

Singles[edit | edit source]

Year Song
2013 "Nazar"[20]
2014 "Jana Nahin"[21]
2017 "Summer Nights"[22][23]
2017 "Aaj Sun Ke Tumhara Naam"(feat. Aamir Zaki)[24]
2018 "Sitaron Ki Khoj"[25]

Covers[edit | edit source]

  • "Bhool Na (Original song by Pakistani band Sequencers" (2015)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Zaheer, Sadia. "How to Monetize Music? Maha Ali Kazmi", The Nation, Pakistan, 18 January 2015. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  2. Rehmat, Kamran. "Love those who can love back with equal intensity", Gulf Times, Qatar, 31 August 2013. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  3. "Cinema Superfast September 15", India Today, India, 15 September 2013. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  4. Afzal, Asfia. "Maha Ali Kazmi set to release her second single 'Jana Nahi' on Eid-ul-Fitr!", Business Recorder, Pakistan, 25 July 2014. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  5. "Keeping up with the pace of time", The Express Tribune, Pakistan, 18 December 2014. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  6. "Why Maha Ali Kazmi is in news", The Economic Times, India, 22 September 2013. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  7. Singh, Aarti Tikoo. "Kashmiri girl rocks in Pakistan", The Times of India, India, 25 September 2013. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  8. Singh, Aarti Tikoo. "Kashmiri girl rocks in Pakistan", The Times of India, India, 25 September 2013. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  9. "Keeping up with the pace of time", The Express Tribune, Pakistan, 18 December 2014. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  10. Rehmat, Kamran. "Love those who can love back with equal intensity", Gulf Times, Qatar, 31 August 2013. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  11. "Keeping up with the pace of time", The Express Tribune, Pakistan, 18 December 2014. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  12. Zaheer, Sadia. "How to Monetize Music? Maha Ali Kazmi", The Nation, Pakistan, 18 January 2015. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  13. Rehmat, Kamran. "Love those who can love back with equal intensity", Gulf Times, Qatar, 31 August 2013. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  14. Singh, Aarti Tikoo. "Kashmiri girl rocks in Pakistan", The Times of India, India, 25 September 2013. Retrieved on 25 November 2018.
  15. Keating, Michael. "Music as a Tool of Conflict Transformation?", University of Massachusetts Boston, 29 September 2013. Retrieved on 25 November 2018.
  16. Syed, Madeeha. "Song release: Maha Ali Kazmi presents Jana Nahi", Dawn News, Pakistan, 30 July 2014. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  17. Magazine Desk. "Music’s big night", The News International, Pakistan, 24 November 2015. Retrieved on 25 November 2018.
  18. Malik, Asma. "Motivation gushes in Maha Ali Kazmi's inspiring song Sitaron ki Khoj", Daily Pakistan, Pakistan, 15 August 2018. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  19. "The real Aamir Zaki exists in live sessions, not in cassettes, CDs or mp3 files: Maha Ali Kazmi", Dawn News, Pakistan, 7 July 2017. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  20. Singh, Aarti Tikoo. "Kashmiri girl rocks in Pakistan", The Times of India, India, 25 September 2013. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  21. Rehmat, Kamran. "A philosophic rendition", The Gulf Times, Qatar, 2 October 2014. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  22. Agha, Saira. "Maha Ali Kazmi releases her latest single 'Summer nights'", Gulf News, Pakistan, 21 February 2017. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  23. "Maha releases latest single summer nights", The Nation, Pakistan, 18 February 2017. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  24. Omer, Eeshah. "Aaj Sun Ke Tumhara Naam: Aamir Zaki's last staging", Daily Pakistan, Pakistan, 7 July 2017. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.
  25. Malik, Asma. "Motivation gushes in Maha Ali Kazmi's inspiring song Sitaron ki Khoj", Daily Pakistan, Pakistan, 15 August 2018. Retrieved on 20 August 2018.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Maha Ali Kazmi on Patari

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