My gratitude to OUH for introducing me to an absolutely fantastic performance by yet another phenomenally talented singer from Pakistan: Amanat Ali, from Faisalabad. He's beyond fabulous, he's in a class of his own.
Listen to him on youtube. Tell me if you're as impressed as I am.
The first song I heard Amanat sing, a recommendation from Omar, was 'tujseh naraz', and the funny thing was I was humming this song to myself a while back thinking I really need to listen to it, and there it was! :) After that I started listening to more, and more until I think I've covered nearly all the songs Amanat has on youtube. (Incidentally, someone made a nifty little clip titled 'Best of Amanat Ali' that's also a very impressive listen). Now, I'm more than a little bit in awe. Totally in love with his voice which, incidentally, has the consistency of smooth, dark chocolate. Honestly, I could listen to him for hours I think.
According to Wiki (what-would-we-do-without-wiki?): "Amanat Ali has sung for the Bollywood music director Bappi Lahiri for the movie Bal Ganesh. He has also sung the title song for K.C Bokadia's Junoon. Currently, Amanat Ali is working on his first personal album, which is expected to be released soon. He has also sung a song for music directors Vishal-Shekar in the film Dostana. In August 2008 he toured the US with fellow contestants maulie dave, and emon for a concert called Summer Beats 2008. Amanat Ali also performed the opening act for much hyped 'Unforgettables' concert which showcased the Bachchan family, Prieti Zinta and many more huge Bollywood actors. He has sung song "Khabar Nahi" for Dostana released in November 2008. His new album, Kohram, was released on February 14, 2009"
Incidentally, I think its such a pity we (from Pakistan) need to go to India to get the recognition we deserve, but never manage to get in our own country. *sigh* Sometimes I wonder if there's anything we (as a country) have managed to really achieve that we can truly be proud of. And the fact that I wonder at all, for me, is depressing enough really.