A Tribute To Great Pop Singer, Nazia Hassan
A Tribute To Nazia Hassan
When any Pakistani thinks about Pop music, a name comes to his mind, that is off course, Nazia Hassan, undoubtedly she was the Queen of Pop music.
Nazia Hassan’s Early Life
Nazia was born on April 3,1965 in a well off family of Karachi. She was the first child of Muneeza and Basir Hassan, followed by a younger brother Zohaib and a younger sister Zahra. After few years, Nazia and Zohaib were sent to England to live with their grandmother and uncle.
Hobby Of Music
In Manchester, they discovered a vibrant music scene, and, by consequence, pop and rock music. When they were caught in their uncle’s room with his guitar, he encouraged them to play, ultimately giving it to them a month later on Zohaib’s birthday. It was on that guitar that they started writing music. The siblings were inspired by the likes of Johnny and Marie, Jackson 5, The Carpenters.
Around the time they met Indian composer Biddu, who propelled Nazia to the ultimate heights of fame with “Aap Jaisa Koi”. The brother and sister duo were already writing songs that blended the pop and rock of their Western surroundings, and the beats and sounds of their Eastern upbringing.
Nazia completed her graduation from the well reputed Richmond, the American International University and University of London. She was also a songwriter, lawyer and social activist.
Nazia Hassan started her music career at the age of 10 along with her brother Zohaib Hassan. Both of them became prominent singer in a few years. She made her singing debut with the song “Aap jaisa koi”, from the Indian film “Qurbani” (1980). Her debut album “Disco Dewane (1981), charted in fourteen countries worldwide and became the best-selling Asian pop record up at the time. She had even collaborated with Indian classical legendary singer Kishore Kumar. After that, She released “Boom Boom”, “Young Tarang” and “Hotline” with her brother. In 1992, she completed her last album named “Camera Camera” which was a part of a campaign against drugs. Along with her brother, she also appeared in several television programs. (you can also see Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan)
Nazia Hassan’s singing career was spanning over 25 years, during that she became one of the most popular celebrities of the subcontinent. She received numerous national and international awards including Pakistan’s highest civilian Pride of Performance award.
In addition to singing in films, Nazia also engaged in philanthropic activities, and was appointed by UNICEF, as its cultural ambassador in 1991. She was also a social activist who worked in campaign against drugs. She often spent a big part of her income in charity.
On 13 August 2000, Nazia Hassan was 35 years old when she died due to lung cancer. London, where part of Nazia’s story began, is also her final resting place.