It’s almost 2017 and if there’s anything this past year has taught us, is that some extraordinarily empowered and talented women are dominating our entertainment industry in equal footing to men. Passion has a voice and we’re listening. Following the footsteps of powerhouses of yesteryear like Madam Noor Jehan, fresh female faces are giving Pakistan something new to boast about. And that is exactly why you should update your iPod to feature these 5 amazing singers.
All Girl Band
Pakistan now has its very own All Girl Band, which as suggested by the name, features ten of the most talented female musicians, brought together by Nescafe Basement. Achieving initial recognition from the cover of John Newman’s Love Me Again, the band was appreciated by the original artist himself. Their latest song, a tribute for Khaadi’s 18th anniversary, is continuing to create waves nationwide.
While she would like to call herself just a ‘part-time’ singer, Momina Mustehsan’s voice is nothing short of mesmeric. Having been the playback for a few Bollywood numbers, this year Momina was a featured artist in Season 9 of Coke Studio. The result was melodious songs like Tera Who Pyar with Asim Azhar and Mein Raasta with Junaid Khan. Having won hearts and praises from all over the country, this is the start to a promising career for Momina.
Ikra Saleem Khan
Mellow yet lively, Ikra Saleem Khan has been singing since she was 12. However, she came into the spotlight with her debut on Nescafe Basement Season 3. Her cover of Out Of My Mind is a display of her poignant vocals and her growing range. Open to experimenting, Ikra is looking to make her inner voice heard and we’re all ears.
Shilpa Rao, trained under Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, has stunned many with soulful vocals. While her name is heard and known in Bollywood, this year was Shilpa’s first official single in Pakistan’s Coke Studio in collaboration with Noori. The widely acclaimed and loved Paar Channa De from Coke Studio Season 9 has given us every reason to keep playing Shilpa’s voice on repeat.
A gripping performance in the theatrical play Grease brought Sara Haider onto winning a Lux Style Award for the ‘Best Emerging Talent’. However, she had won over countless fans much earlier with her debut song Ae Dil with Ali Zafar on Coke Studio Season 8 and continuing into season 9 with Meri Meri featuring Rizwan Butt. For someone who is fairly new to the music industry, Sara has proved her worth and talent with every note.