KARACHI: Today marks the death anniversary of the iconic Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan who endeared herself to millions in the country.
Nazia Hassan was the most influential and popular female singer and probably the only real pop singer of the 80’s and 90’s in both India and Pakistan.
Her song ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ from the film Qurbani made her a legend and pop icon in Pakistan and all of South Asia in the 80s.
Nazia shot into limelight with the PTV’s program ‘Sung Sung’. This program also featured her brother Zhoaib.
Her music led to a redefinition of pop music in the country and Pakistan’s contemporary music scene owes a huge debt to the talented singer.
Nazia and Zhoaib received not only their education at London, but also studied singing and music there. Although singers such as Alamgir and Mohammad Ali Shehky were already in the popular singing, it was Nazia who really popularized the pop music in Pakistan.
Nazia’s album ‘Disco Deewany’ became highly popular and it made a record sale. She also worked on an important United Nations post.
The shining light that was Nazia Hassan died in August 13, 2000 in London after a prolonged battle with lung cancer at the young age of 35.