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Sufi rock is a subgenre of rock music that combines rock with classical sufi
music traditions. It emerged in the early 1990s and became widely popular in
the late 1990s in Pakistan and India. The term "sufi rock" was coined in 1993 by
writer Nadeem F. Paracha to define the Pakistani band Junoon, who pioneered
the process of fusing conventional rock music with sufi music and
imagery. Rabbi Shergill's Bullah Ki Jaana was one of the best examples
of Sufi music admired in both India and Pakistan.
It is mostly based on the poetry of famous sufi poets such as Rumi, Hafez, Shah
Abdul Latif Bhittai, Bulleh Shah, Waris Shah and even Kabir and is mostly sung
in languages such as Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Persian and Turkish.[citation
A few artists such as Junoon,*Fuzon and Mekaal Hasan Band have achieved
commercial success as well as mainstream critical recognition while some
veteran sufi folk singers such as Arif Lohar and Saeen Zahoor have also dabbled
in this genre
Quratulain Balouch is a Pakistani singer, musician, composer, and a song-writer.
Shes a popular singer for the genre sufi rock.
Zeb and Haniya (Pashto: حانیا او زیب ,pronounced as "Zayb ao Haa-nee-ya") was a
Pakistani music group of two cousins from Kohat. It was active from 2007 to 2014.
The duo's songs were mostly in Urdu, but some lyrics were also
in Pashto, Dari and Turkish. Their music was described at various times
as alternative, art folk, ethnic blues and easy listening by international reviewer's
While their family is originally from Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, much of the
band's work took place in Lahore. Haniya is a native of Islamabad, and the act
spend time working in Karachi too. Their itinerary for their global tour was set in
2009. They have performed mostly in the Dubai, and in some parts
of Sindh and Punjab.
The band was a project started by two musicians, who are cousins, Zebunnisa
Bangash and Haniya Aslam. Both are ethnicPashtuns. They began writing music
together when studying as undergraduates at Smith College and Mount
HolyokCollege in the United States, although have stated that music was always a
part of their life at home.
Kailash Kher is an Indian pop-rock and bollywood playback singer with a music
style influenced by Indian folk music and Sufi music. He is a prominent singer
in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu and Rajasthani languages.
Though his professional prowess encompasses most of the Indian languages, his
contribution to Indian music lies way beyond that. He is a prime candidate
amongst the contemporary Sufi singers. His work has enchanted young generation
to take interest in Sufi music. He has sung more than 70 songs for Bollywood.He
was inspired by the classical musician Pandit Kumar Gandharva
Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar,Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and
the Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.