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|Origin||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Labels||EMI, Fire Records, Sony BMG|
|Associated acts||Euphoria, Hariharan, Sagarika, Atif Aslam|
|Past members||Rafiq Wazir Ali
Kareem Bashir Bhoy
Strings (Urdu: سٹرنگز) are an internationally acclaimed Pakistani pop rock band composed of two members from Karachi, Pakistan. The band was initially formed by four college students, Bilal Maqsood (vocals and guitars), Faisal Kapadia (vocals), Rafiq Wazir Ali (synthesizer) and Kareem Bashir Bhoy (bass guitars) in 1988. In 1992, the quartet disbanded only to make a comeback with two of its members, Bilal and Faisal later in 2000. While the initial band was riding on the new wave of Pakistani pop music, the latter formation ushered a new revival in the music industry of Pakistan.
In 1990, the band signed with major record label EMI Records, and released their self-titled debut album Strings. Their initial effort of experimenting with synthesised sounds and rhythms was not recognised instantly, though their debut album sold 20,000 copies in its first week on sale. Two years later, the band released their second album 2, which included their critically acclaimed single "Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar". The song was first aired on MTV Asia, and led the band to achieve worldwide fame. After the release of their second studio album, the quartet disbanded to focus on their studies and careers. However in 2000, two band members, Bilal and Faisal, made a comeback by releasing the band's third album Duur, which renewed success and popularity for the band. They then went on to record and release their fourth album Dhaani in 2003. The album included the single "Najane Kyun", which featured on the soundtrack for the Hollywood film Spider-Man 2. This also led the band to follow the footsteps of Junoon and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, by taking their act across the border to India, only to realise they already were a recognised band in the country as remixes of one of their earliest songs were played in clubs. In 2008, Strings came up with their fifth studio album Koi Aanay Wala Hai containing singles "Zinda" and "Aakhri Alvida", which was included on soundtracks for Bollywood movies Zinda and Shootout at Lokhandwala. The album was co-produced by Bollywood actor John Abraham, and was a hit in both Pakistan and India.
Strings are acclaimed all over the world for their stringed rhythms. Their songs are praised not only for being melodious but having a strong poetic sense to them. Penned by Anwar Maqsood, Bilal's father, the lyrics of their songs always carry a deep meaning with them. Anwar has been writing lyrics for the band since its re-formation, where as Faisal Kapadia is the lead vocalist for the band. Bilal Maqsood acts as the composer, guitarist and at times does vocals for a few songs. To play live at concerts, both the members have hired Adeel on the lead guitar, Shakir on the bass guitar, Haider on keyboards and Qaiser on drums; an entourage ensemble that travels with them to various international concerts at times. They have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
- 1 History
- 2 Pepsi Featuring Strings band in their 2013 advertisement
- 3 Music
- 4 Discography
- 5 Band members
- 6 Awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The initial quartet (1988–1992)
In the late 1980s, the popularity of pop music began to grow in Pakistan, and new artists began emerging onto the scene. Shalimar Television Network (STN), the only channel in the country other than Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), launched a show titled Music Channel Charts to highlight new talent. In Karachi however, things were shaping up rapidly and people idolising veteran singers like Nazia and Zoheb, Alamgir and Muhammad Ali Shehki were keen to ride the new wave of Pakistani pop music.
In 1988, at the Government College of Commerce & Economics in Karachi, four classmates - Bilal Maqsood, Faisal Kapadia, Rafiq Wazir Ali and Kareem Bashir Bhoy - formed a band. They decided to name themselves Strings, after the host of their college farewell party asked them what they were called while they were being announced on stage. The band performed songs using lyrics influenced by Maqsood's father, the well-renowned Anwar Maqsood. In 1990, with help from Mansoor Bukhari (head of EMI Group in Pakistan), the band released a self-titled album, Strings, under the EMI label.
In 1992, the band released a follow-up album titled 2, under the Shalimar Recording Company. Maqsood, realising that the band needed more exposure, took charge in the direction of a video for the song, "Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar". The video was played on STN during their hour long show and, with not many new videos from competing artists, Maqsood's directorial début was an instant success. This decision proved beneficial and "Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar" became a nation-wide hit overnight. In its most primitive form, the video and the song created a phenomenon in the local music industry and the band scored hits after another, played shows and enjoyed the lifestyle of the post-1980s pop stars. However, the hype was short-lived and the quartet mutually decided to disband. Soon afterwards, their video of "Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar" aired on MTV Asia and this led the band to achieve success and worldwide fame.
After disbanding, Maqsood joined an art school and later secured a job in an advertising agency as a creative director. Kapadia travelled to the Houston, Texas to continue his business studies. Little is known of the other two members of the band but it is understood they continued their studies as well.
It had almost been eight years since the band last saw fame, and their prolonged hibernation seemed to have erased the marks they left on the music industry. Maqsood continued his work as a creative director at the advertising firm and had also involved Kapadia in the creative process as well. Kapadia served at marketing department for a production cell in the same company. Both had married and had children. They had forsaken music for family lives, though still sharing a passion for it.
The year 2000 saw another shake in the Pakistani music industry and the duo saw an interest in joining the bandwagon. Rafiq and Kareem weren't accessible and decided to not continue with the band because they had settled down in their new lives. Maqsood and Kapadia decided on forming the band within themselves. However, reforming the band meant they could not continue with their respective jobs. Upon counsel amongst each other, they placed their resignation in pursuit of music.
They recorded a song, "Duur" and the duo asked their friend Jamshed Mehmood (known to them as Jami) to direct a video for the song. However, Pakistan banned channels that were broadcasting from across the border in India and only allowed the few Pakistani channels to be broadcast on the cable network. This lead to private television networks taking on the task to fill the void, and soon new music channels were introduced into the country. The video for "Duur" was distributed to all the stations that aired. It became an instant hit, and hailed the band's comeback.
While Strings enjoyed huge success in Pakistan, they were oblivious to the fact that their earlier hit "Sar Kiye Yeh Pahaar" was being played in India as a remixed version in clubs and had built them a reputation. When their new video was played on music channels in India, they were easily recognisable as the two who performed the earlier song and the song "Duur" became even more famous across the border. In January 2002, they re-launched Duur under the Magnasound label, which had previously launched pop stars like Baba Sehgal and Remo Fernandes.
Ushering a new revival (2003–2006)
The realisation that Pakistani pop songs had a cult following in India ushered a new sense of revival and encouragement for the established artists in the country. The local Pakistani music channels boasted this appeal and soon many singers from all over the country stood up to participate in a collaboration with their counterparts from the neighbouring nation. Strings had been travelling to India for concerts and gigs, and played alongside well known bands like the New Delhi-based band Euphoria. Electronics company Samsung invited Strings to collaborate with Euphoria and record a song titled "Jheet Lo Dil", which gave the band their first major cross-border breakthrough. Later the song became an instant hit and was named as the official song for the Indian cricket teams tour of Pakistan. After the success of their third studio album and single "Jheet Lo Dil", the band toured all over India with Channel V. The band were warmly received by the Indian crowds and during this time the band members got in touch with some of the most reputed singers of the nation in order to feature them on their next album. Strings collaborated with famous artists like Hariharan and Sagarika daCosta on their fourth studio album.
Strings were invited onto Channel V television show "Jammin", where the duo performed a duet "Pal" with Sagarika, which featured on their upcoming fourth album. The song was written, composed, recorded in a period of three days on both audio and video formats. The band then recorded their single "Bolo Bolo", but later invited Hariharan to sing on the track and they then rerecorded the song to include Hariharan. Both the collaborations were eagerly awaited by the fans and were critically acclaimed. The band then went on performing at Hard Rock Cafe in Dubai for an unplugged session which rose the band to even more fame outside the Subcontinent. With their success, the band were approached by Columbia Records to launch their new album and they accepted the offer. On 1 September 2003, the band released their fourth studio album Dhaani.
In June 2004, Strings released the music video of their single "Dhaani" directed by Jamshed Mehmood. The band were then approached by the heads of Columbia TriStar Films of India, a sister company to their record label company, to include their next single "Najane Kyun" in the soundtrack of the Hindi version of the Hollywood blockbuster movie Spider-Man 2. With their massive presence in the Indian pop music scene, Strings were mistaken for being an Indian band.
In May 2005, Strings released the music video of their single "Kahani Mohabat Ki" directed by Umar Anwar. The single was a success and received positive response from critics and was critically acclaimed. With their success in Subcontinent, the band won the "Most Favorite Artist" award at the MTV Asia Awards 2005. Soon afterwards, the band was approached by the director Sanjay Gupta, who was shooting the film Zinda (a remake of the classic South Korean film Oldboy), to do a soundtrack for the movie. Bilal Maqsood then composed a song titled "Zinda Hoon" written by famous writer, Anwar Maqsood, for the movie. For the video, the duo had to act alongside two A-list actors from Bollywood. It was here that the duo became good friends with John Abraham and Sanjay Dutt and would later appear in more ventures together. In July 2006, Strings were nominated for the "Most Wanted Band" award and won the "Motorola Music Icon" award at the The Musik Awards 2006. The single "Zinda Hoon" was nominated for the "Most Wanted Song" and "Best Pop Song" award. On 28 September 2006, the band released an anti-war video "Beirut".
On 8 May 2007, Strings recorded and released "Aakhri Alvida" for the soundtrack to the Bollywood movie Shootout at Lokhandwala directed by Apoorva Lakhia. On 1 November, the band released the single "Hum Hee Hum" along with its music video from their fifth studio album. Also in late 2007, Strings struck a deal with Gibson Guitar Corporation, becoming the first South Asian band in history (along with the Pakistani rock band Jal) to create a working relationship with the famed guitar manufacturers. It was reported that in the deal, Strings will exclusively use Gibson guitars during concerts, studio recordings and music videos. Furthermore, Strings will act as brand ambassadors to Gibson. In return, Gibson will sponsor the varied endeavours of the band, provide concert halls and provide equipment when required.
On 16 May 2008, Strings released their fifth studio album Koi Aanay Wala Hai, under Fire Records in Pakistan and by Sony BMG internationally. The album, which was co-produced by Bollywood actor John Abraham, topped music charts in Pakistan and India. The album included songs on the soundtracks for Bollywood movies Shootout at Lokhandwala and Zinda. On 19 May, the band released their album self-titled single "Koi Aanay Wala Hai", which featured John Abraham. On 24 June, Strings released another music video for "Humsafar", which was directed by Jamshed "Jami" Mehmood and shot in Moscow, Russia. This was followed by a performance on the debut season of musical television programme Coke Studio, which also showcased many well known artists and musicians from all over Pakistan such as Ali Azmat, Mauj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Ali Zafar. During the second episode of Coke Studio, aired on 29 June, Strings performed singles "Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar", "Anjane", and "Zinda Hoon", along with a duet of their single "Duur" with Ustaad Hussain Bakhsh Gullo. In August 2011, they then went on the show to perform the duet of their single "Dhaani", with Ustaad H. B. Gullo. On 9 October, Strings released another single "Jago", along with a music video. The success of the band in Coke Studio season one led the band to perform at the show's second season last episode, which aired on Pakistan's Independence Day, 14 August, in 2009. Strings performed their song "Titliyan". Later in November, the band released "Titliyan" music video which did well at the local music charts.
In June 2010, Strings signed a one-year partnership with the international airline, Etihad Airways based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to become its brand ambassadors with the core idea to promote the real image of Pakistan to the global market via the band’s music. On the occasion of the contract signing, Mr. Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer for Etihad Airways' said he was "looking forward to witnessing how the Etihad brand name reached across the world through the music of Strings." Whereas vocalist Faisal Kapadia said that "It is not only about free air tickets. We needed something like this to promote the true image of Pakistan. We want to do concerts internationally, but it is very expensive. This deal will help to overcome that".
On 5 June, Strings, along with Arshad Mehmood, worked for the national awareness initiative, Azme Alishan, judging the National Song Competition. The main aim for the movement is to revive the spirit of nationhood and community in Pakistan, and to highlight the youth musical talent within Pakistan. The show was televised all over the world throughout the summer, with the final winner of competition announced in 14 August. The band judged the show along with many well known people in the music industry, which include Shahzad Hassan, former member of Vital Signs, singer Najam Sheraz, Khalid Khan, from the band Aaroh and many other people as guest judges. On 16 July 2010, Strings released their single "Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga" which featured former Jal lead vocalist, Atif Aslam. In October, Strings, in collaboration with Emirates International Mobile Humanitarian Hospital for Children, distributed over 500 gift packs to displaced children living in the Sujawal relief camp who were victims of the 2010 Pakistan floods.
Continued success (2011–present)
In March 2011, Strings performed at the Aman Ki Asha concert held in Ahmedabad, India, alongside the Indian band Indian Ocean. The band also performed with Shafqat Amanat Ali in Dubai. On 28 March, Strings released the song "Mein Tou Dekhoonga". Then in February 2011 they also performed at Pearl, the annual cultural fest of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Hyderabad Campus in Hyderabad, India. On 4 April, Strings released the music video for the single "Mein Tou Dekhoonga", which was directed by Jamshed Mehmood. Later in the same month, Strings became the brand ambassadors for Levi's Pakistan. On 13 May, Strings performed at the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On 26 May, Levi's Original Music released a promo featuring Strings and Zoe Viccaji. On 30 May, Levi's Original Music released a music video of an a cappella of the song "Mera Bichra Yaar" featuring Zoe Viccaji. On 4 June, Strings performed at Beach Luxury Hotel. The band started off with "Koi Aanay Wala Hai", the title song from their album released in 2008. Their next song was "Najane Kyun", which was dedicated to the journalists who had sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Next, they sang their international hit, "Zinda Hoon" along with other songs like "Mein Tou Dekhoonga" and "Sohniyae". On 10 June, a cover version of "Anjane" featuring Bilal Khan and Zoe Viccaji was released by Levi's Original Music.
On 1 August, in an interview with The Express Tribune, Strings confirmed that they were working on two new songs: "Tum Hi To Ho" and "Goli Maray". Kapadia said, "The whole idea behind going into a recording studio and making a bunch of new songs is just to have fun. We strongly believe that coming out with new music helps us grow and reinvent ourselves as musicians." On 15 August, in an interview at BBC Hindi show Music Beyond Border, Strings discussed the current political situation of Pakistan and performed their song "Mein Tou Dekhoonga". They then covered the song "Bandeh" by Indian Ocean live, on the request of Indian Ocean's lead vocalist Rahul Ram. On 26 August, Bollywood director Sanjay Gupta confirmed that Strings will be lending their music for the soundtrack to his movie Shootout at Wadala. A few days later, both Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia were spotted in India to compose music for the Bollywood movie. It was also reported that Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupta hosted a special surprise party for the duo to which many well known celebrities were invited. On 28 August, Indian local newspaper, Hindustan Times reported that actor Imran Khan has organised a special screening of his scatological comedy, Delhi Belly for members of Strings.
In September, The Express Tribune reported that Strings and Atif Aslam has been nominated for the "Best Singer" award at the 2011Lux Style Awards, for their collaborative single "Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga".
Pepsi Featuring Strings band in their 2013 advertisement
Pepsi's new video song has featured Strings band.
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From their debut album Strings to their fifth album Koi Aanay Wala Hai, all songs are written by the band in the Urdu language. Mostly all lyrical content is written by the famous poet Anwar Maqsood, with a few songs written by lead guitarist Bilal Maqsood, and writer Zehra Nigah. The band is popular for attributing to the significantly different approach to their lyrics and music.
Strings music is heavily influenced by eastern classical music and western rhythms. With increased emphasis on eastern melodies involving the touch of raga in the vocals, the band use instruments like flute and sarangi to give the vocals an Eastern touch to their songs. Songs like "Duur" and "Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar" (from Duur) and "Kahani Mohabat Ki" (from Dhaani) are some examples of this influence. Other songs, such as "Sohniyae" and "Najane Kyun" (from Dhaani) have elements of rock music. Bands stated as influence and inspiration include Junoon and Nazia and Zoheb.
Strings perform a blend of western music and classical eastern music. Strings aim to combine rhythm guitar riffs with the tranquility of classical eastern music. Their music is also based on worldly issues, with aim for peace in the world. Their music has been one major force that has truly kept the national spirits high amidst the prevailing social woes, which have surely worsened in the last three decades. Songs like "Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga", "Beirut", "Jheet Lo Dil" and "Titliyan" are examples. Their music has been captivating the Pakistani youth for over ten years and have been one of the only saving grace of Pakistani music internationally after the departure of groups like Vital Signs and Nazia and Zoheb. Where Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was actively promoting Qawwali music and Junoon rock music, Strings approached their music with a little tint of Pakistani pop with classical music and combined with rhythms from stringed instruments.
While the music of Strings is centred around a male lead singer, the band has also featured artists on their albums. Since the release of their third studio album Duur the band's music has been based on classical eastern music blending with western music. Their fourth studio album Dhaani and fifth studio album Koi Aanay Wala Hai featured elements of rock music with songs like "Sohniyae", "Mera Bichra Yaar", "Koi Aanay Wala Hai" and "Jab Say Tumko".
With the success of their music, many of the band's singles have been used on soundtracks for many Bollywood and Hollywood films. Singles that feature on soundtracks included "Najane Kyun" (onSpider-Man 2), "Zinda Hoon" (onZinda) and "Aakhri Alvida" (from Shootout at Lokhandwala).
Strings are one of the few Pakistani artists to achieve international fame. Their popularity is attributed to the significantly different approach to their music and lyrics. Other singers of international repute include Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Junoon, Nazia Hassan, Jal and Vital Signs. Where Fateh Ali Khan was actively promoting Qawwali music and Junoon rock music, Strings approached their music with a little tint of Pakistani pop with classical music and combined with rhythms from stringed instruments. Junoon and Vital Signs have only been famous in the United States of America, with a significant following in Europe; whereas Strings took their gigs to India, all over Asia and the Middle East, and the rest of the world making Pakistani pop music a truly remarkable genre. Even in areas like Nepal, that are dominated by influence from their neighbouring India, Strings proved to be the most favourite band amongst crowds. They were awarded Asia's most favourite band at the MTV Asia Awards. Strings became the first Pakistani band to perform at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
On-screen appearances as a judge
|2008||Koi Aanay Wala Hai|
|2003||Hai Koi Hum Jaisa|
|Tu Hai Kahan|
|2007||Aakhri Alvida||Shootout at Lokhandwala|
|2010||Khan Theme||My Name Is Khan|
|2013||Chaaron Taraf||John Day|
|2004||Najane Kyun||Spider-Man 2|
- Current members
- Faisal Kapadia – vocals (1988–1992, 1999–present)
- Bilal Maqsood – lead guitar, vocals (1988–1992, 1999–present)
- Former members
- Rafiq Wazir Ali – synthesizer (1988–1992)
- Kareem Bashir Bhoy – bass guitar, backing vocals (1988–1992)
- Strings won "Best Band Award" – MTV Music Awards 2009.
- Strings won "Best Album Award" – MTV Music Awards 2009.
- Awarded Brand Ambassadors for Honda City 2009.
- Strings from Pakistan had been nominated Torch Bearers for The Olympic Games, 2008.
- Strings have become Motorola Brand Ambassadors for Pakistan.
- Won an award for the "Best Live Act in Music " at Lux Style Awards 2008.
- Won an award for the "Most Wanted Band" at The Musik Awards 2008.
- Won an award for the "Best Lyrics AAKHARI ALVIDA" at The Musik Awards 2008.
- Won the "Best Artist Award" at MTV Asia Awards.
They were nominated as an Indian band as they sang the title song "Zinda" for an Indian film Zinda.
- Won "Motorola Icon of 2006" award at The Musik Awards 2006.
- Nominated for "The Most Wanted Band" award at The Musik Awards 2006.
- "Zinda" nominated for the "Best Pop Song" and "Most Wanted Song" award at The Musik Awards 2006.
- Won an award for "Best Video" for their video of the song "Anjaane" at the Lux Style Awards 2003.
- Won an award at the Lux Style Awards 2004.
- Won an award for "Best Band" at the first Sangeet Awards ceremony held at Royal Albert Hall.
- Won the Indus Music Award 2005 for extensive contribution to the pop music industry.
- Won MTV Asia's "Most Favourite Band" award 2005.
- Won an award for the "Best Band" at the Third Jazz Indus Music Awards.
- Won an award for the "Best Lyrics'Zinda'" at the Third Jazz Indus Music Awards.
- "Strings interview with Madeeha Anwar". YouTube. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
- "Strings – Dawn News interview". YouTube. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
- "Strings: Personality Profile". Pakistan Television Corporation. Archived from the original on 21 December 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
- "String – Interviewed at the Magnasound office". Magnasound. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
- "Stringing their way to success". DAWN Newspaper. Retrieved 20 June 2008.[dead link]
- Say it with music Retrieved on 25 March 2011
- "Cross-border jamming". Rediff. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
- Peace with Pak: Breaking the sound barrier in Bollywood Retrieved on 25 March 2011
- Dhaani: Video Review Retrieved on 26 March 2011
- "Spider-Man 2 spins a Strings tune". Rediff. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
- Slinging A Victory Retrieved on 25 March 2011
- Kahani Mohabat Ki: Video Review Retrieved on 26 March 2011
- MTV Asia Awards 2005 winners Retrieved on 26 March 2011
- The Musik Awards 2006, Retrieved on 25 March 2011
- Strings – Beirut (video), Retrieved on 25 March 2011
- "Music strings 'em together". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
- Coke Studio: Season One, Featured Artists Retrieved on 29 April 2011.
- Coke Studio, Strings at Coke Studio – Titiliyan Retrieved on 16 August 2009
- Strings Online, Titliyan releasing on 6 November 09 Retrieved on 15 November 2009
- Strings Online, Titliyan Video Retrieved on 15 November 2009
- Etihad signs Strings as Brand Ambassador on 6 June 2010.
- Etihad Airways signed STRINGS as Brand Ambassador Retrieved on 22 June 2011.
- Music as a sign of the times, Retrieved on 28 March 2011
- Etihad Brand Ambassadors Distribute Gifts to Children in Pakistan Relief Camps Retrieved on 22 June 2011.
- Strings-Indian Ocean to perform together, Retrieved on 28 March 2011
- Indian Ocean, Strings perform in Ahmedabad, Retrieved on 28 March 2011
- Dubai with Strings attached! Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- Mein Tou Dekhoonga – Strings – Music Video (Watch Video/Audio) Retrieved on 4 April 2011
- Rocking Riyadh: Strings talk about the thrill of performing in the Saudi capital Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- Levi's music release Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- Levi's ® Presents: Zoe Viccaji & Strings "Bichra Yaar" Retrieved on 1 June 2011.
- The Strings theory is the right theory Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- The Strings sings the night away Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- Future plans: An update on Strings Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- Strings and Indian Ocean on BBC "Music Beyond Borders" (in Hindi/Urdu) Retrieved on 18 August 2011
- Strings and Indian Ocean on BBC "Music Beyond Borders" Part 2 (in Hindi/Urdu) Retrieved on 18 August 2011
- Sanjay Gupta's Shootout At Wadala now has Pakistani connection Retrieved on 29 August 2011.
- Strings’ joyride to India Retrieved on 8 September 2011.
- Ekta Kapoor's party for Strings Retrieved on 29 August 2011.
- Imran's special screening for Strings Retrieved on 29 August 2011
- Lux Style Awards: Lights, camera, action Retrieved on 8 September 2011.
-  Retrieved on 21 October 2012
- "Strings-Geo TV interview". YouTube. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
- The On/Off Jounarlist – Interview with Strings Retrieved on 9 January 2011
- Strings & Atif Aslam: ‘Azme Alishan is the answer to our challenge’, Retrieved on 26 March 2011.
- Dhaani (Album review) Retrieved on 25 March 2011
- Zinda: Music Review, Retrieved on 26 March 2011.
- Shootout at Lokhandwala: Music Review, Retrieved on 26 March 2011.
- Dil, dil Pakistan, Retrieved on 26 March 2011.
- "Drizzle sweeps the excitement at Strings concert". Geshan's blog. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
- "Rashtrapati Bhavan corridors to resonate with rock ’n roll beats".
- Strings Online – Official Website
- Audio Collection
- MySpace Page
- Facebook Fan Page
- YouTube Channel
- Orkut Community
- The Music Of Strings – Website By Ali Irfan
- Etihad Airways signed STRINGS as Brand Ambassador
- Role of Strings Band In Pakistani Music Industry