|Studio album by Junoon|
|Released||August 14, 1997
(re-released on July 11, 2000 & April 9, 2002)
|Recorded||1996-1997 Karachi, Pakistan|
|Genre||Sufi rock, Classical rock, Psychedelic rock|
|Producer||John Alec, Salman Ahmad|
|Singles from Azadi|
|Pakistani Music Channel|||
Azadi (Urdu:آزادی, literal English translation: "freedom") is the fourth studio album and the fifth overall album of the Pakistani sufi rock band, Junoon. The album was released in 1997 and establishes the Sufi rock sound that the band pioneered on their previous album, Inquilaab. The album was a major hit worldwide and catapulted Junoon into mainstream stardom.
Music videos were released for the two singles from the album, "Sayonee" and "Yaar Bina". "Sayonee" is Junoon's biggest hit to date, topping all charts in South Asia and also gaining significant airplay on satellite channels across the Middle East.
Azadi was released by Junoon in 1997 and was the band's debut album in India. The album's first single, "Sayonee", became an instant hit in South Asia and the Middle East, shooting to the top of all the Asian charts, and staying at #1 on both Channel V and MTV Asia for over 2 months. Azadi hit platinum sales status in a record of 4 weeks. Zee TV invited Junoon to perform at the star-studded Zee Cine Awards in Mumbai in March 1998, where the group received accolades from the creme de la creme of India's entertainment industry.
In 1998, Junoon won the "Best International Group" title at the Channel V Music Awards, where they performed along with worldwide icons Sting, The Prodigy and Def Leppard. Azadi was nominated for Best International Album, having achieved the prestigious honour of being the highest selling album in Pakistan and Bangladesh 1998 and 1999. Junoon headlined the BBC Mega Mela in 1998, which was the largest Asian festival outside of the South Asia. The album made the band famous throughout the world.
|2.||"Meri Awaz Suno"||5:32|
|5.||"Mukh Gae Nay"||5:34|
|11.||"Lal Meri Pat"||5:21|
|12.||"Dil Nahin Lag Raha"||3:56|
All information is taken from the CD.
- Ali Azmat - vocals
- Salman Ahmad- lead guitar, backing vocals
- Brian O'Connell - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Additional musicians
- Ustad Aashiq Ali: Tambourin, Tabla
- Produced by John Alec & Salman Ahmad
- Engineered & Mixed by John Alec