Garam Anday: The Feminist Pakistani Band That’s Coming For Patriarchy Armed With Rage, Irreverence, & Sticks

Pakistan has found its first overtly feminist band in the tongue-in-cheek and irreverently named Garam Anday. For vocalist Anam Abbas, the name of the band really works because “it points to female angst and some degree of juvenile delinquency which I fully embrace in life and art.”

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NEWS - 18. February 2019   ARTIST - Garam Anday

Music In 3D – Natasha Noorani & The Pursuit Of Sound

Image credit – Nadir Chaudry

I don’t know if someone in their 30s should begrudge Natasha Noorani for having done so much, well, before her 30s, but looking at her makes you pause and wonder how you spent your 20s. 

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NEWS - 15. January 2019   ARTIST - Natasha Noorani

Natasha Humera Ejaz: Moments of Magic in Berlin

Earlier this year, Natasha Humera Ejaz visited Berlin, from July 10 to September 9. The Pakistani artist, who produces music under the name Stupid Happiness Theory, was in the city as part of the Border Movement Residency. She had a plan: she was going to learn about the business of music; collaborate with artists; perform; introspect. Somewhere along the way, though, she threw it all out.

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NEWS - 22. October 2018   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - Stupid Happiness Theory Project - Border Movement Residency

Dynoman: I Realised That I Was An Artist Who Evolves & Is Not Limited To A Genre Or Sound

In a way, Karachi is an anomaly. The seamless integration of conservative with unconventional defines its creative musical expression. But within its structured contours, lie esoteric nuances that transcend traditional norms of musicality. Coaxing a transcultural amalgam of dialogues within the experimental space, the city’s tryst with underground continues to celebrate the synthesis of old and new in the realm of ‘sound art’.

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NEWS - 01. October 2018   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - DynoMan

Sana Nasir: The Karachi Graphic Designer Creating Visual Landscapes For Music Festivals

Image credit: Tonje Thilesen

“My inspiration for this year took me back to my Sony Walkman days. When you had shelves lined with cassettes; when listening to a song on repeat meant rewinding back in time to just before the pause; when mix tapes were a thing and you’d scrawl playlists on their covers; when you’d tighten loose tape with pencils; when you’d discover and memorise bonus lyrics in the fold out album covers. There was a lot of DIY intent and construction involved to all of that, much like this festival.”

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NEWS - 05. September 2018   CITY - Karachi

TMPST, Asfandyar Khan & How To Build A Musical Home In Karachi

Image Credit: Humayun M

Islamabad likes to run slow. But having grown up in this city, musician Asfandyar Khan, who is also the artist behind electronic moniker TMPST, didn’t quite register the pace. This changed when he moved to Karachi in 2015. He found the city aligned with his own pace a lot more; perhaps this change is what made its way into TMPST’s upcoming release, ‘Unravel’.

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NEWS - 10. July 2018   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - Asfandyar Khan

The Pursuit of Happiness With Natasha Humera Ejaz

If you ask Natasha Humera Ejaz — which I did — the idea of happiness is really stupid. “It’s a strange theory,” she says. “Everyone’s always fighting for it. What it is. Where it is. How to capture it. I don’t want to go through life thinking that happiness is something that’s beyond my reach.” It really isn’t, which is why it’s such a stupid theory. And Ejaz, a Pakistani musician, actor, dancer, and educator, is creating reminders for herself, through her art, through the music she writes as Stupid Happiness Theory — that happiness isn’t really as elusive. That it’s within grasp for anyone who tries to capture it.

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NEWS - 11. May 2018  

In Profile: New Kids On The Block Abdullah & Hatim

So how’d your exams go?” and “wait, how old are you?” aren’t usually the lead questions in interviews with upcoming musicians but then the case of Abdullah Siddiqui and Hatim Siddique is a novel one.

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NEWS - 09. May 2018   CITY - Lahore ARTIST - Abdullah Siddiqui

Announcing The Winners Of BMR: Berlin 2018…

Since the program launched in 2015, Border Movement Residency has worked with over 10 artists creating residency experiences that are customised around the individual needs of artists. The aim of the program has always been to create meaningful and relevant creative exchanges between musicians in South Asia and Germany.

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NEWS - 16. April 2018   CITY - Berlin Project - Border Movement Residency

Boxout In Transit: Pakistan Edition

boxout.fm may have launched under a year ago, but it feels like India’s first-ever independent
online community radio station has been around for much longer. Through various initiatives
(boxoutwednesdays, boxoutsessions, theplug.news) outside of the radio station, they’re
challenging the idea of what they truly are and can be; this could not be truer with their boundary-pushing initiative ‘Boxout in Transit’.

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NEWS - 28. February 2018   CITY - Karachi


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