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About The Show

CityFM89 celebrates 75 Years of Pakistani Music and brings you a first of its kind curated selection of the work produced by Pakistan’s most acclaimed singers, lyricists and composers, across all musical genres.

This is the music that captivated the nation for 75 years – Music that will rekindle memories and emotions for older generations and inspire and engage young Pakistanis in their journey to create the music of their times.

75 Years of Pakistani Music is curated by the Red Baron Brigade with leading composer and music impressario Arshad Mahmud; the venerated musical historian and author Sultan Arshad; sitar virtuoso and music academic Ustad Nafees Ahmed; and ace music producer and archivist Faisal Rafi. Not least of all, the Red Baron returns to engineer his farewell season on CityFM89.

75 Years of Pakistani Music will be broadcast in 17 EPISODES every Sunday on-air from 5th June till the 2nd of October between 12 noon and 3 p.m. on City FM89 in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad.

PLUS: A FIVE HOUR SPECIAL of the top 50 musical selections of the past 75 years on Sunday, August 14 between noon and 5 p.m.

Episode 1

CITYFM89 presents ‘The Migration of the Malikas in the 1940s’ – The first episode of an outstanding 17- part series on 75 years of Pakistani music. As 1947 approached, The Migration of the Malikas of South Asian music – Malika-e-Mausiqui Roshan Ara Begum, Malika Pukhraj and Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan rapidly ensued.

This episode explores the foundations of music in the newly created state of Pakistan. Excellence in Pakistani music was not achieved overnight. Many singers, composers and lyricists, including Mukhtar Begum and Barkat Ali Khan and Munawar Sultana helped Madam Noor Jehan to create a new legacy of Pakistani music – a legacy that continues in the 21st century. This legacy, which manifests itself across all musical genres – popular film music, ghazal, qawwali, classical and pop – constitutes the strands of music that the Red Baron Brigade with Arshad Mahmud, Sultan Arshad, Ustad Nafees Ahmed, Faisal Rafi and the Red Baron unveil for your listening pleasure.

  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music
  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music
  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music

Episode 2

CityFM89 presents ‘The Years of Creativity in the Early 1950’ – The second episode of an outstanding 17-part series on 75 years of Pakistani music. The 1950s was a period of great promise for the newly created state of Pakistan. A sense of possibility pervaded every area of society, including musical expression which was distinguished by remarkable creativity.

Having explored the foundations of Pakistani music in the 1940s last Sunday, Episode Two turns to the early 1950s when great artists such as Noor Jehan, Zubaida Khanum and Ahmed Rushdi developed a unique musical identity that expressed the hopes of a young and emergent nation. Included in the episode are selections from the soundtracks of the films Chanway, Gulnar, Dupatta and Patay Khan. Tune in to Sunday's episode as the Red Baron Brigade – Arshad Mahmud, Sultan Arshad, Ustad Nafees Ahmed, Faisal Rafi and the Red Baron himself – reflects upon the music of the early 1950s in Pakistan.

  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music
  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music
  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music
  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music
  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music

Episode 3

Having relaunched the music of the early 1950s last week, Episode 3 enters the tempestuous world of music in the mid-1950s when iconic artists such as Noor Jehan, Zubaida Khanum and Munir Hussain continued to etch unique musical identities that collectively expressed the hopes of an emergent nation.

In this period, the work of classical vocalists Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan began to electrify audiences across South Asia. Included in this episode are selections from the dynamic soundtracks of films such as Intezar, Lakht-e-Jigar, Nooran, Waadah and Saat Lakh

  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music

Episode 4

The 1950s was a period of great promise for Pakistan. A sense of possibility pervaded every area of society, including musical expression that was distinguished by remarkable creativity.

Having explored the music of the mid-1950s last week, Episode 4 examines the music of the latter part of that decade when singers such as Noor Jehan, Iqbal Bano and Naheed Niazi, and composers such as Rashid Attre, Khwaja Khurshid Anwar and the Saleem-Iqbal duo, continued to enthral listeners across the subcontinent with their dazzling melodies and musical genius. Included in this episode are selections from the memorable soundtracks of myriad films including Anarkali, Chhoo Mantar, Neend, Kartar Singh, Koel and Jhoomar.

  • Pakistani pop
  • Pakistani Classic
  • Lollywood song
  • 80’s music

Episode 5

The 1960s are often referred to as “The Golden Decade” of Pakistani music, as the collective musical genius of composers, lyricists and vocalists across the nation reached even higher artistic heights.

Having explored the musical creativity of the 1950s in the preceding three episodes, Episode 5 examines the early 1960s, when artistes Noor Jehan, Naseem Begum, Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hasan joined forces with composers and lyricists including Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, Qateel Shifai, Master Inayat Hussain, Tanvir Naqvi and Ahmad Rahi, creating memorable melodies that are now firmly entrenched into Pakistan’s musical heritage. Included in this episode are selections from the soundtracks of many of the most popular films of the time, including Azra, Ghunghat, Baaji and Chingari – and a host of standalone musical anthems from the period.

Episode 6

When artistes Noor Jehan, Mala, Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hasan joined forces with composers including Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, Nisar Bazmi and Sohail Rana and lyricists including Josh Malihabadi

Having explored the music of the early 1960s in the preceding episode, Episode 6 examines the mid 1960s, when artistes Noor Jehan, Mala, Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hasan joined forces with composers including Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, Nisar Bazmi and Sohail Rana and lyricists including Josh Malihabadi, Qateel Shifai and Tanvir Naqvi to create memorable melodies that are now firmly entrenched into Pakistan’s musical heritage. Included in this episode are selections from the soundtracks of many of the most popular films of the time including Armaan, Aisa Bhi Hota Hai, Aag Ka Darya and Naela – and a host of standalone musical anthems from the period.

Episode 7

When singers Noor Jehan, Mala, Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hasan joined forces with composers including Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, Nisar Bazmi and Sohail Rana and lyricists including Josh Malihabadi

Episode 7 of our ongoing series turns to the climax of the 1960s when singers Noor Jehan, Runa Laila, Ahmed Rushdi, Mehdi Hasan and the Sabri Brothers; composers Nisar Bazmi, Sohail Rana and Robin Ghosh; and lyricists Masroor Anwar, Fayaz Hashmi and Hazeen Qadri came together with a host of other artists to create the melodies that blaze in our cultural memory. Included in the show are selections from the soundtracks of hit films – Andaleeb, Doraha, Lakhon Me Ek and Chakori.

Episode 8

The 1970s was a time of widespread creativity for Pakistani music as artists working across a wide range of genres, disciplines and regions inspired the emergence of new forms of music and produced songs that reflected the diversity and eclecticism of Pakistan’s culture in the post One Unit era.

Episode 8 looks at the early part of this extraordinary decade when singers such as Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hasan, Munir Hussain and Reshma, composers Nisar Bazmi and A. Hameed and lyricists Manzoor Jhalla, Masroor Anwar and Ahmed Rahi delighted music lovers across the country with their prodigious and mercurial talent. This episode will feature selections from some of the greatest films of that time including Anjuman, Heer Ranjha, Dosti and Anwara, as well as an astounding medley of Punjabi songs.

Episode 9

The mid years of this extraordinary decade when singers such as Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hasan, Runa Laila and Farida Khanum, composers Nisar Bazmi, Khwaja Khurshid Anwar and Nashad, and lyricists Qateel Shifai, Hazeen Qadri and Saifuddin Saif delighted music lovers across the country with their sheer virtuosity.

Episode 9 looks at the mid years of this extraordinary decade when singers such as Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hasan, Runa Laila and Farida Khanum, composers Nisar Bazmi, Khwaja Khurshid Anwar and Nashad, and lyricists Qateel Shifai, Hazeen Qadri and Saifuddin Saif delighted music lovers across the country with their sheer virtuosity. This episode will feature selections from some of the greatest films of that time including Naag Muni, Tehzeeb and Salam-e-Mohabbat, as well as an astounding medley of Punjabi songs.