Laila Khan (singer)

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Laila Khan
Native name
لیلا خان
Birth nameLaila Khan
Also known asLilly
Born14 June 1997
Peshawar
GenresPashto music • Pop music
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2013–present
LabelsLatoon Productions

Laila Khan (Pashto: لیلا خان‎) is an Pakistani Pashtun playback singer.[1][2] Amongst contemporary artists, she is considered one of the famous proponents of Pashto music.[3] She has also gained fame for singing a fusion song in five languages – Pashto, Urdu, French, English and Arabic[4] – apart from performing in

Early life and career[edit]

According to The Express Tribune in May 2016, Khan's music career started in 2013. A majority of her songs are in the Pashto language. Arabic and Urdu poetry significantly define the leitmotifs of Khan's compositions. A large part of her work till now has been with Latoon Productions.[5]

Her debut song was Za Laila Yama. Her most popular songs in 2015 were titled Khabara Da Pakhtu Da (recorded for the Pakistan Super League cricket team Peshawar Zalmi) and Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi May Aana. She has also worked in the Pashto cinema industry, also known as Pollywood.[citation needed]

In January 2015, she was one of the singers for the song Amann, written by Presidential Award winner Laiq Zada Laiq in memoriam to those who lost their lives in the 2014 Peshawar school massacre.[6] As of May 2016, Khan was working with Latoon Productions' owner Fawad Khan on completing her latest Pashto album, dedicated to the students of Army Public School Peshawar and to all those who perished in the 2014 Peshawar school massacre. Two songs from this album have already been released.[5]

In 2016, Khan was the chosen representative from Pakistan to perform at multiple international concerts in Tunisia, along with other leading global singers.[7][8][9][10] Khan mentioned that the objective with which she was performing in Tunisia was "to promote peace in a region badly hit by militant insurgency which started five years ago."[5]

Over time, despite being a relatively new artist, she has come to be considered as one of the famous Pashto singers.[3] She is also known for a fusion song, which she performed in five languages, namely Pashto, Urdu, French, English and Arabic.[4] Till May 2016, Khan had performed in five concerts, with reports of 25 additional concerts being planned.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walk down memory lane : Musical show honours senior Pashto musicians, singers – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. November 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Drones will tear us apart: Pakistani pop's war fixation". Agence France-Presse. July 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "AVT channels launches musical Web TV". Khyber News. January 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Hunar-e-Hawwa awards conferred on excelling women". The News International. April 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Singing for a cause: Laila Khan to use her voice for peace in Tunisia, Africa". The Express Tribune. May 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  6. ^ "'Amann', a Pushto anthem for APS tragedy – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. January 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "پشاور گلوکار لیلی خان انٹرنیشنل کنسرٹ میں انجام دینے کے لئے مقرر" ("Peshawar singer Laila Khan appointed to perform in international concert"). Channel 24. May 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  8. ^ "پاکستان کا اعزاز" ("Pakistan's respect"). Samaa TV. May 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  9. ^ "News report on Laila Khan's Africa tour". Geo News. May 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  10. ^ "میلوڈی زر" ("Melody of gold"); "Laila Khan feature interview with Khalida Yasmen". Sabaoon TV. Retrieved 25 September 2016.

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