We just saw Ali Noor taking the stage alongside the likes of Bilal Khan, Shiraz Uppal, Uzair Jaswal and Goher Mumtaz at the Levi’s Live sessions that took place in Lahore the week before last. In fact, we tend to see a lot of the Noori brothers at various events but don’t get us wrong, we’re hardly complaining! Noori is one of the few bands who were at their peak when the music industry was at an all-time high and they continue to maintain their hold on people till today.

With hits like ‘Manwa Re’ and countless Coke Studio renditions of folk songs, Noori’s concerts are always a treat to the ears, and the eyes, and their latest performance at the launch of a new smartphone, Redmi 4X by Xiaomi was no different. Sporting his new cropped hair, Ali Noor rocked out the stage along with his brother, Ali Hamza and made it a memorable evening.

The evening, hosted by Taimoor Salahuddin, popularly known as Mooroo, saw many other celebrities. The Nescafe Basement Band took the stage to perform while Mira Sethi was also seen in the audience.

Published in Instep-The News on Sunday on 28th May, 2017

Noori Live at Mall of Lahore

Noori is coming to perform live to the Mall of Lahore on 20th May, 2017.



Date: 20th May, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm

Venue: Mall of Lahore

City: Lahore

One of the more popular music groups in the country, Noori is always up to something. While the band recently played at the launch of Samsung S8 at the iconic Lahore Fort, it was their performance at the British Council Library in Karachi that had us swooning. Playing at ‘Karachi by Night’ celebration, the band led by brothers Ali Noor and Ali Hamza played a combination of songs including all-time hits ‘Hum Bholay’, ‘Dobara Phir Se’, ‘Suno Key Main Houn Jawan’ and ‘Ooncha Hoon Mein’.

Joined onstage by the likes of Fahad Khan and counting one Jamal Rahman on their technical team, it was a solid performance that had fans, both old and new, singing along throughout the course of the night.

Published in INSTEP-The News on Sunday on 14th May, 2017

Pinjra has been nominated as the Best Music Single at 5th HUM Awards


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Since releasing their third studio album - Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh - in 2015, music group Noori has been flying high.

Since releasing their third studio album - Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh - in 2015, music group Noori has been flying high. From picking up the prestigious Album of the Year trophy at the Lux Style Awards last year to appearing on Coke Studio as producers to collaborating with the likes of Ali Azmat in the inaugural edition of Cornetto Pop Rock and lending support to events such as Ponds Miracle Journey, they’ve been on a roll. Last year also witnessed the solo outing of Ali Hamza with his introspective Sanwal project which culminated in a much-revered tour of Karachi that was produced by the good folks at Salt Arts. And 2017 is looking just as exciting for Noori fans, if not more.

Having won hearts and minds by lending support to Karachi Down Syndrome Program’s inclusion campaign via the song ‘Aao Humaray Saath Chalo’ that is sung by Hamza and was released last month, the band was seen in Karachi this past week during which they played a colorful gig. Playing at IBA University in Karachi, Noori sang a medley of some of their most revered songs including  ‘Paar Channa De’, ‘Hey Ya’, ‘Saari Raat Jaga’, ‘O Re’, ‘Nishaan’, ‘Aik Tha Badshah’ and ‘Manwa Re’.

Backed by drummer Kami Paul and other musicians, Noori brothers were in their element as Hamza and Noori gave Karachi fans a chance to forget everything else and enjoy the merriment onstage. Given their electrifying performances, we can’t wait to see what Noori comes up with next.

Published in The News on 2nd April, 2017

What is your favourite getaway destination?
Has been Abbottabad for the last 10 years and continues to be.

Somewhere you’d never refuse to eat?
Anday cholay at Lakshmi Chowk.

Someone you’re always willing to hang out with?
That someone is yet to come in my life.

Best place for some retail therapy?
I get my retail therapy at a stationery store or a toy store.

Your favourite chill out activity?
Favourite chill out activities are usually difficult to disclose.

Your best and worst vacation memory?
I am terrible with recalling specific memories, but sometimes I do get a feeling that the best and the worst come together.

Best and worst part of travelling?
Best part about travelling is the mental and emotional therapy one gets while on the move (you go into another internal zone). Worst part of travelling usually happens because of technical/ logistical glitches for example your ride breaks down or delays at airports etc.

If you were to stay in any location forever, which one would it be?
It should be a tropical location…

Travel bag essentials?
At least two pairs of clothes, toothbrush, DEO, basic medicine, phone with music and ebooks etc.

Where would you like to go next?
I so want to visit Central Asia now.

Published on 31st March 2017 in Mag the Weekly

In his latest song ‘Ao Humaray Saath Chalo’, Ali Hamza shares a much-needed message of inclusion that speaks particularly to people affected by Down Syndrome.

The song, sung by Ali Hamza and written by Zehra Nigah, stresses on the importance of accepting and celebrating our differences, be they based on ability, gender, caste or creed.

The video also features several celebrities including Bushra Ansari, Sarwat Gilani, Javed Sheikh, Ahsan Khan, Momal Sheikh, Anoushey Ashraf and Sheema Kirmani.

The music video has been directed by Amaan Ahmed and styling has been done by Ehtesham Ansari.

The song and music video is an initiative of the Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDSP), a non-profit initiative based in Karachi that deals with information, networking, and advocacy for and about Down syndrome, by people with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals, and the community-at-large.

Published in Dawn News on 21st March, 2017

Ali Hamza’s is a face that a lot of people associate with their teenage. Growing up and listening to Noori, holding fake concerts with your bed as stage and hairbrush as microphones, everyone has rocked out to their music.

I first saw Ali Hamza being his absolute adorable self in Gaana No 1 and as a 10 year old, I was jumping up and down being super excited because at that point I had the exact same hair.

Source: nooriworld

We’ve seen Ali rock it out in Suno Ke Mein Houn Jawan, we’ve had him melt our hearts with Madinay Mein, and we’ve all swung to him singing in Coke Studio, but there is so much more to him than meets the eye. Here’s a list of things you should know about Ali because

a) He’s one of the few COMPLETE rock stars that we have, and

b) He ain’t going nowhere

1. Ali Hamza picked up the guitar for the first time at the age of 10

Can you imagine how adorable he would have been with a guitar bigger than him? And can you imagine that that was the moment one of the biggest rock stars of the country was born.

Source: nooriworld

2. Ali was a championship golfer

Who would have expected one of the craziest guys in the country to be into a sport as mellow as golf? But he is, and he was kickass at it!

3. Noori is named, not after Ali Hamza’s brother, but, on their mother

Noori is a Persian word that means ‘light’, and while everyone believes that the band was named after Ali Noor, himself, it comes from their mother: Zehra Noor

Source: Youlin

4. Ali holds an economics degree from LUMS

Yep, he’s the whole package: beauty with brains.

Source: Ali Hamza / Facebook

5. He’s a total foodie and has a massive sweet tooth

Anyone who has ever been in close proximity to the Ali brothers will know that they’re big, and I mean big on food. You can find them binging on desi food at any time of the night. And it’s okay, because seeing them perform, you know they’re burning off the calories.


6. He hates fake people

Ali Hamza is all of us.


7. He LOVES kids

Ali Hamza is currently working with the Karachi Down Syndrome Program, and will be performing for them at a carnival on his birthday! Also, look at his son singing Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan *cue ovary explosion*

8. He says he’s a total sufi at heart

If you can’t gauge Ali Hamza’s depth from the songs he’s written, then bro, do you even like him? :O

9. Ali Hamza has a weird thing for carpets and shawls

He likes collecting them from the places he visits, and that’s not a bad habit to have at all. 

10. He’s an undeniably good looking man

But you knew that, already

11. Do Dil was the first song he wrote

The song that came out in 2008 was actually the first song Ali ever wrote and it became a mini-anthem for everyone who’s ever loved or is in love.

12. He gets terribly anxious about missing flights so he’ll stay up all night before a flight

He’s like most of us. Especially me, when I’m standing there at the check-in counter begging them to let me on the plane.

13. Oh, and he’s also starting his own career, parallel to Noori

He’s recently started a solo career, while giving all his time to Noori, as well. He performed his new songs in London, first, and has recently toured Karachi, debuting his solo music with Sanwal and it’s beyond beautiful!

Published in Mangobaaz.com on 8th March, 2017


Your favourite getaway destination?

It has to be Abbottabad.

Somewhere you’d never refuse to eat?
Café Zouk

Someone you’re always ready to hang out with?
My children and my wife.

Best place for some retail therapy?
Either Hafeez Centre or Hall Road.

Your favourite chill out activity?
Hanging out with my kids and watching a movie with them.

Your best and worst vacation memory?
Best was when Mandana and I went to Norway; we saw one of the most beautiful islands over there. Worst was when I forced my parents and Nana to go to India and we stayed with a person whom we did not know so well; we were all miserable and it was a bad idea to go there.

Best and worst part about travelling?
Best is every once in a while you come across a person who becomes a very, very good friend. Worst is flying out and the waiting periods which get problematic for me.

If you were to stay in any location forever, which one would it be?
Some kind of a tropical island – a place where I can be next to the beach and the weather never gets hot or humid.

Travel bag essentials?
All my electronic gadgets: my laptop, headphones (lots of extra headphones for sure), chromecast (although I never get to use it), medicines, calendula, toothbrush and a pair of clothes just in case my luggage never gets there.

A place you would like to visit next?
Has to be Nairobi or Bali… Nairobi actually.

                                           Published in MAG THE WEEKLY, February 16th, 2017.


Date: 11th February, 2017


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