Laal (band)

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Laal
Laal Performing.jpg
Laal performing live at the Microsoft Pakistan Open Door 2011 in Karachi, Sindh.
Background information
Origin Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Genres Sufi rock, progressive rock, alternative rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Fire Records, Times Music India
Associated acts Junoon
Members Taimur Rahman
Mahvash Waqar
Haider Rahman
Past members Shahram Azhar

Laal (Urdu: , literal English translation: "red") is a musical band from Pakistan known for singing socialist and progressive political songs, especially on the poetry written by leftist Urdu poets such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib. [1]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

The debut album is titled Umeed e Sahar and has been released by Fire Records (owned by Geo TV). The second album is titled "Utho Meri Dunya" and has been released by Times Music in India (2012) and Fire Records in Pakistan (2013).

Albums[edit]

  • Umeed-e-Sahar (2009)
    • Main Nay Kaha (Musheer)
    • Umeed-e-Sahar
    • Sadaa
    • Jaag Punjab
    • Dastoor
    • Kal, Aaj Aur Kal
    • Zulmat
    • Mat Samjho
    • Na Judaa
    • Jaago
  • Utho Meri Duniya (2012/2013)
    • Utho Meri Duniya
    • Fareeda
    • Jhoot Ka Uncha Sar
    • Meray Dil, Meray Musafir
    • Bay Dam
    • Chah Ka Ilzaam
    • Deshatgardi Murdabad
    • Ghum Na Kar
    • Na Honay Paee
    • Yaad

Controversy[edit]

It was reported on 6 June 2014 that the official Facebook page of the band has been blocked by the Facebook at the request of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Taimur Rahman the vocalist and guitarist of the band said: “The ban was out of the blue and very shameful, there was no controversial entry in the past week that deserved a ban on the page. Our short comments on news clippings we post are usually those that are objected to by the majority of people.” The page, however, was restored later. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, on other hand, denied that they requested for blocking.[2][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Band Info". BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Facebook Page Blocked". The Express Tribune. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ban Lifted". Bloomberg. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "PTA's Denials". Dawn. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 

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