The music programme in Pakistan started this year, and has already raised the volume for women artists to create media and get recognition. The programme has been recognizing and promoting women musicians in Pakistan, as well as honoring them posthumously. Recently honored by the programme was the Queen of South Asian Pop, Nazia Hassan. With her immense contribution to Pakistani pop music during the ’80s and ’90s, she was an ambassador that made sure that she would be remembered forever.
|Date of Birth||April 3, 1965|
|Full Name||Nazia Hassan|
|Profession||Pop Singer, Songwriter, lawyer, Social Activist|
|Date of Death||August 13, 2000|
|Place of Death||London, United Kingdom|
Height, Weight & Physical Stats
|Height||5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Eye Color||Light Brown|
|Shoe Size||8 (US)|
|Dress Size||4 (US)|
Nazia was a great singer, and started his career as a child artist on PTV in the 1970s. However, he started his professional singing career by singing the popular song “Aap Jaisa Koi” from Qurbani in the 1980s. He was only fifteen years old at that time! This was one of Bollywood’s most-popular songs of the time. Then he and Zoheb sang for some of Bollywood’s leading actors for a stretch of several years.
Nazia and Zohaib made their debut in 1981 after signing with the label, “Gulf Music”. Their record was a huge hit not just in Pakistan and India but anywhere in the world. Nazia’s second album was “Boom Boom” that had a song featured in a Bollywood movie released that year entitled “Star”. Her second album piled riches on her third release, which came out in 1984. That record was upheld by David Rose and Kathy Rose out of London. This album is recognized as the pioneer of pop music making it to Asia. One track from the album, “Ankhien Milane Wale” became very popular at one point in time.
“Hotline” was the fourth studio album of Nazia and Zoheb, which was released in 1987. It attempted to recreate the danceable groove that was found in “Camera Camera.” Yet, the fifth and last release of her recording career was “Camera Camera”, released in 1991. It was a slower paced record influenced by the Pet Shop Boys of London.
She was also a great host and appeared on TV with Sohail Rana in the starring role of “Sung Sung.” The first-ever, all-pop music stage program ever aired on TV, “Music 89,” was co-hosted by her brother Zohaib Hassan and produced by Shoaib Mansoor. She hosted Dhanak too.
Discography of Nazia Hassan included:
1. Aap Jaisa Koi (1980)
2. Disco Deewane (1981)
3. Our Love Last Forever LP (1981)
4. Get a Little Closer LP (1982)
5. Star/Boom Boom (1982)
6. Dreamer Devane LP (1983)
7. Young Tarang (1984)
8. Ilzaam (1986)
9. Main Bulwan (1986)
10. Sheela (1987)
11. Hotline (1987)
12. Then He Kissed Me LP (1988)
13. Saaya (1989)
14. Dhanak (1989)
15. Camera Camera (1992)
16. Pro Audio Show (1995)
17. Signature (Suno Suno & Himat Se) (2017)
Nazia Hassan was internationally known pop singer from Pakistan. She broke Asia’s record for album sales in 1981 and was liked by the people of 14 different countries worldwide. Overshadowed by her international popularity, she was also honored with multiple national and international awards. In addition, she won a nomination at Filmfare Awards to become the Best Female Playback Singer.
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The list of awards is given below:
1. Pride of Performance
2. Filmfare Best Female Playback Award
3. Golden Disc Award
4. Double Platinum Award
Nazia Hassan Education
Karachi Grammar School
The University of London, Richmond
The American International University in London
Nazia Hassan Career
Pop Singer, Songwriter, lawyer, Social Activist
Queen of Pop
USD $1 million (approx)
Family & Relatives
Ishtiaq Baig (m. 1995–2000)
No. of Children: 1
: Arez Hassan