Pakistani Underground, Anyone?
Check out the video up there to see a band from Lahore, Pakistan by the name of co-VEN live at a discreet gig playing their comment on the regional infighting with Ready to Die. There are a few more clips up on YouTube, just search for it, boss!
Anyway, there is a report by Guardian UK, in two versions – one in streaming audio and the other an article written by Declan Walsh. Here’s a short excerpt, do go to the link below for more:
But the country’s internal chaos is also feeding creativity. Pakistanis have a rich musical tradition, mostly rooted in Sufism, but modern musicians have generally skirted political issues. But the new single from co-VEN, which Jafri fronts, is a sharp parody of Pakistan’s controversial alliance with the US.
“There’s a lot of foreign pressure on our government to attack people in the tribal areas,” he said. “We are taking dictation from you guys.”
Others have a playful take on the turmoil. The Islamabad band Bumbu Sauce ‚Äì the name comes from a Pot Noodles packet ‚Äì recently brought out Jiggernaut, a single that mixes references to kung fu, talking dogs and the Taliban. Guitarist Shehryar Mufti is not worried the insurgents might take the joke badly.
more > http://www.guardian.co.uk
the audio version: here