An explosive fusion of Sufi and rock music

DANISH-PAKISTANI BAND ON THEIR MUSICAL JOURNEY AND LATEST ALBUM by ASJAD NAZIR GREAT song releases find the hallowed middle ground between artistic, commercial and meaningful music. Acclaimed Danish-Pakistani rock band Rocqawali have done that with their newly released third album Kalam, which has taken sounds rooted in over 800 years of Sufi tradition and combined […]

All for the love of creating characters

ANJLI MOHINDRA ON HER ACTION-PACKED ACTING JOURNEY by PRIYA MULJI IN THE most recent series of Doctor Who, Anjli Mohindra looked unrecognisable as the fierce alien Queen Skithra and added to her impressive list of winning turns on television. The inspiring British actress has shown off her wonderful range with popular shows, including The Sarah […]

Strong Big Brother bond

UMAR RIAZ ON THE SUCCESS OF SIBLING ASIM ON INDIA’S MOST POPULAR REALITY TV SHOW by ASJAD NAZIR NO REALITY TV star in India has seemingly come out of nowhere and captured the imagination of a global audience in a way Bigg Boss 13 contestant Asim Riaz has. By offering something new to the Indian […]

The next big thing in Hindi cinema

ACTOR SIDDHANT CHATURVEDI ON BECOMING AN IN-DEMAND STAR by MOHNISH SINGH EVERY year Bollywood has a big breakout star who shines more brightly than the rest and in 2019 that was big screen debutant Siddhant Chaturvedi. His performance as the spirited street rapper, MC Sher, in the Zoya Akhtar-directed Gully Boy tugged at viewers’ heartstrings […]

British talent DJ Mixa Lucks on the art of entertaining a big crowd

THE DJs will be taking over this party season in a big way. One of the rising British stars to look out for is DJ Mixa Lucks, who will be spinning the hottest tunes at Bombay Funkadelic’s 2020 NYE Naach party at Cinnamon Kitchen and Anise Bar in London on December 31. Real name Harjeet Singh […]

Celebrity highs and lows of 2019

LOOKING BACK AT A ROLLERCOASTER YEAR, WHERE TALENT ROSE TO THE TOP AND MEDIOCRITY SANK BADLY For celebrities around the world, 2019 was another year filled with highs, lows and unexpected turns. There were triumphs, defeats and plenty of things that just should not have happened. Here is my look back over the past 12 […]

‘Emotions make music special’

ACCLAIMED BRITISH SINGER SHAMA ON THE ART OF PERFORMING LIVE by ASJAD NAZIR LONDON-BASED singer Shama regularly lights up the live scene with winning performances in a variety of commercial genres. She has formed an impressive team with acclaimed band The 515 Crew, and they will be part of a strong line-up at Hotel Sofitel […]

How Amina Malik has created a creative space for artists to thrive

YOUNG London-based artist Amina Malik recently launched her own gallery in the South Norwood district of London. The Amina Malik Art Gallery opened with a group exhibition featuring the work of four artists, including her own, and has already received a positive response. Apart from contributing to her local community through arts, she is hoping […]

Putting percussion on the musical landscape

DJ RAVIDRUMS ON AN AMAZING JOURNEY THAT INCLUDES OSCARS AND A-LIST STARS by ASJAD NAZIR DJ RAVIDRUMS has left a permanent mark on the North American musical landscape with a stellar career filled with scintillating moments. The DJ, drummer and radio host has performed with Mariah Carey and at events, including the Oscars, and delivered […]