KARACHI: Nearly a decade and three breakups later, Noori has made a comeback to Pakistan’s music scene and fans are in love!
The band are currently touring Pakistan’s major cities. Their second stop — in the City of Lights — saw Karachiites running in droves to Ocean Mall to welcome the band’s new album Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh (BGBS) on Saturday.
When asked about his expectations from the latest album, Ali Noor told The Express Tribune, “Noori just wants to share happiness and we hope when BGBS makes people happy, they pray for us and we go places.”
The huge attendance was undoubtedly a sign that Noori still remains relevant to the country’s music scene — hundreds of people queued up just to get a signed autograph from the two singers.
If you still haven’t had a chance to grab yourself a CD of their latest album, here are eight reasons why you should definitely go and buy a copy now:
1) It’s their comeback
For us Noori was never absent from the music front as there timeless hits kept us mesmerised during their hiatus. Their much-awaited career resurgence with BGBS cements their legacy as one of the all-time greats.
2) It wraps up their trilogy
According to Ali Hamza, “Noori announced a trilogy of albums when they first released Suno Ke Main Hun Jawan in 2003″. After making waves with the second album Peeli Patti Aur Raja Jani Ki Gol Dunya in 2005, BGBS is set to give you some serious flashbacks of their signature sound.
3) It’s an investment
For all of those who missed the chance to grab their BGBS copy in a three-day whirlwind tour, not only did you miss another worthy edition to your collection, but also an opportunity to invest in yourself. Bonus: An interesting booklet (part of the album) which is an eye-opener as it takes you back to 1947 and makes you realise that it’s time to bring about a positive change in Pakistan.
4) Gaana No. 1
No it’s not a remixed version of their 2003 hit Gaana No. 1, but the first track of the new album which is titled 1947. Unees So Santaless Jab Aarzoo Jaagi Meray Man Mein — it will definitely tingle your patriotic nerve.
P.S. Ali Noor’s narrative will make you work on your diction, especially the word ‘sahar’.
5) It is bound to make you nostalgic
For us millennials, Noori’s hits were an essential part of our formative years. We played them during college gigs, listened to them during long drives and danced to them in our bedrooms. Well, BGBS takes us back to those times!
6) It will awaken the rebel in you
If Dil Ki Qasam, Ooncha, Merey Log, Nishaan and all their previous tracks left some traces of a rebel in you then Hoshiyar, Pinjra, Keedar, Sarfarosh and Mujhay Roko will definitely awaken that lost spirit.
7) It gives you a soulful rendition of the national anthem
Tears, goose-bumps and patriotic sentiments define Noori’s Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal. BGBS covers all patriotic essentials; from 1947 to our national anthem. If this powerful music can’t unite us as a nation, nothing can.
8) It’s Noori!
Do you really need any other reason other than the fact that it’s NOORI!
You can show your love and support by streaming their latest album’s songs online on Patari.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2015.