Ali Alam

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Ali Alam
Birth name Ali Alam
Born 1977
Origin Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Architect
Instruments None
Associated acts Ganda Banda & 3D Cats

Ali Alam (Urdu: علی عالم‎) is a Pakistani underground musician based in Karachi. An architect by profession, he graduated from Sri Ara Schools, Malaysia.



Ali was born on September 11, 1977. According to sources there was no electricity in the entire city of Lahore that night and ali was born with lanterns placed in the maternity ward.


Ali comes from a family into showbiz from the start. His cousin, Bilal Maqsood, son of veteran comedian and writer Anwer Maqsood, was a frequent visitor at the residential apartment complex where Ali resided for most of his childhood and teen years. Ali was famed for having the largest collection of music cassettes in the entire neighborhood. He was strumming the guitar very early on in his life. Many joked that Ali was taking after Bilal, the latter being a successful guitar lead for the popular band Strings and a student at Indus Valley School of Art in the 1990s.

Ganda Banda and the 3 Dead Cats[edit]

'Ganda Banda & the 3 Dead Cats' was formed while studying in Indus. Ali along with his friends Babar Sheikh, Ahmed and Rizwan started performing in local events and restaurants. They became popular in the underground circuit with more than 100 shows to their record. The Band recorded a rough-cut live studio version in Sonic Studios Karachi. The album was titled 'Live! 2.5 km from the Tower'. It was later released online in 2006 on the website The band disbanded in 2004 with bitter creative indifferences, vowed never to get back again. Their departure was marked by a farewell video 'Tu Na Ho Meray Paas' directed by Umair Tareen, of Razam fame.

According to Babar Sheikh, ex-band member, Ali was always the main brain of Ganda Banda & The 3D Cats. Songs like 'Tu Na Ho Meray Pass' and 'Dhoondha Taaron Mein' that have achieved "cult" status today were all Ali's creations.

Ali Alam and his solo years[edit]

After Ganda Banda, Ali tried to go solo by recording 'Raat Jaagi' in Mekaal Hasan's Digital Fidelity Studios in Lahore. The track also featured Gumby on drums. The track was released online and became popular through many music websites. A low-budget video of the track was shot & directed by Bilal Maqsood. The video was highly successful and went to no.6 on the MTV Indian charts on Indus Music.

In order to make ends meet, Ali recorded 'Kachwa Bachao' for an animal foundation. It got popular among children, only those who appeared in the video.

Ali Alam and his A.D.P. years[edit]

In 2007, Ali started performing alongside the 'Aunty Disco Project' in order to make a comeback.[1]


  1. ^ Ghani, Faras (1 June 2008). "IN MUSIC: Where’s the passion?". Dawn. Archived from the original on February 18, 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 

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