Haroon, the famous Asian pop star, is a singer,
composer, musician, producer, recording engineer,
and exhilarating live performer. His fan following
is in the millions. He has sold nearly three million
CDs and tapes world wide and the audience at his
shows often number in the tens of thousands.
was born in London on May 11th to a New Zealand
mother and Pakistani father. He has lived all
over the world. This wealth of experience abroad,
along with a bi-cultural family background, has
given Haroon a very international perspective
of life, and he counts as friends’ people
from all over the world. As a person, Haroon could
be described as genuine, sincere, and uncompromising
in his beliefs and goals, yet soft-spoken and
friendly with a great sense of humor.
After graduating with a
degree in Business Administration from the George
Washington Uni, USA in the early 90’s, he
promptly formed the band Awaz with a couple of
Haroon and the band made a video for ‘Janeman’
(the song Haroon composed at 16) on a shoestring
budget of Rs.15, 000/-. They sent the video to
local TV stations and record labels. Nobody showed
any interest. Says Haroon "They responded
by saying ‘stick to your day job.’
but I was stubborn and decided to send it off
to MTV Asia to see what happens" The song
‘Janeman’ became the first ever Urdu/Hindi
pop song to air on MTV.
During their peak, Awaz was the biggest band
in the country, and went on to release three highly
successful albums and two big singles between
1993 and 1999, which have collectively sold more
than 2,000,000 units worldwide. Awaz was one of
the pioneering bands in Pakistani pop music, and
their pop accessibility and skilled musicianship
influenced and paved the way for many future musicians,
singers and bands.
Most fans will discuss Haroon’s
exhilarating live performances first. Haroon’s
entertaining on-stage performances has made him
one of the most sought after Asian acts on the
live circuit. Haroon has toured worldwide at times
drawing crowds in the tens of thousands, building
a strong fan base in the UK, US, and Dubai.
Some of the highlights are his several performances
in front of sell out audiences at London Wembley
Arena; and performing at the BBC Asia awards (Birmingham,
NEC) which had a TV viewer ship of over two million.
The excitement Haroon generates in his live performances
is primarily based on the raw energy he exudes
and fantastic dance moves he executes. Haroon’s
athleticism, coordination, and natural sense of
rhythm have laid the foundation for his great
Haroon has just released his 3rd solo album and is top selling album right now no. 1 on most charts. Haroon composed, recorded, produced, engineered and mixed all the songs at his personal studio “Haroon's Turbo Charged Funky lil' Studio” This album shows a maturing of Haroon as a songwriter, musician, singer, lyricist and producer. Lyrically and musically this album has depth and the production is polished and creative.
The album touches on a variety of interesting themes apart from the usual love songs. The song Big Corporation Man is a satire on greedy large companies that only care about profit without regard to the effects on the environment or their customers.
“I'm a big corporation man, with big corporation plans
Living for profit and I don't give a damn”
The song Jiya Jaye has a strong message extolling brotherhood and peace no matter what your religion or background . Musically Jiya Jaye , is a modern electro-acoustic feel good pop song with a tinge of gentle qawali.
The song Hum Hain is a positive uplifting aggressive rock song with a huge stadium chorus. “I recorded over 100 tracks of vocals on this song to get that big sound in the chorus.” Says Haroon. The song Oh Saqi is deep and dark full of angst and despair.
The album kicks off with a lighter song, an up tempo funky number called Jua Khela, driven by a funky guitar riff played by Assad Ahmed with clever tongue in cheek lyrics and an infectious melody. The song suggets that love is a gamble and you never know whether you are going to win in the game of love or end up with a broken heart. The next track is the heart wrenching Nahi Hah Yeh Pyaar . The song has a very non traditional chord progression and the melody pulls on the heart strings.
Yeh Raat, is a straight forward rock song with lush harmonies and one of the highlights of the album. The blistering acoustic and electric guitars are played by Haroon and dominate the whole track. “Ibtida-e-Ishq”, is a heart catching ballad which borrows lyrics from the famous Ghalib poem. On the song “She is No Good 4 U” Haroon duets with a famous UK based singer Yvonne . Its an upbeat number with a blend of Urdu and English lyrics.
The album has a total of 12 tracks. This album was launched by The Musik Records at the end of March 2007, and is available on CD and Cassettes throughout Pakistan . For more information log on to www.haroon.com.
Haroon is an
accomplished Guitar player and keyboard player.
Haroon has been playing the guitar and composing
songs since the age of 13. He formed his first
band “Idiosyncracies” in school at
the age of 14.
He is most proud of his talents as a song-writer
and composer. Over the last 12 years he has composed
and recorded some of the biggest hits in Pakistan’s
short pop history including songs such as Mr.
Fraudiay, Ay Jawan, Main Na Manoo Haar, Jadoo
Ka Chiragh, Mahbooba, Mehndi, Dil Se, Pyareya,
Yara and many others.
Haroon’s first solo
album "Haroon Ki Awaz" (produced, engineered,
recorded and mixed by Haroon at his personal studio)
was released in Oct 2000 and was an incredibly
huge success selling over half a million units
Several spectacular videos helped make that album
such a blockbuster. Yara, Pyareya, Jeekay Dekha,
Chan vergay were all highly popular songs from
Haroon Ki Awaz and their videos received heavy
rotation the world over. Songs such as Fire Inside
and Paisa were biting tongue in cheek commentaries
on the socio-economic-political situation in south
asia at the time.
In 2001 and 2002 Haroon was extremely busy touring
the UK and USA. In 2001 Haroon performed alongside
the top Asian acts at the prestigious BBC Asia
Awards show in front of five thousand British
Asians and received a rousing reception for his
lively performance. Haroon received the “outstanding
contribution to Asian music” Award from
the BBC. This show was aired on BBC TV in the
UK for an estimated viewer ship of two million
Haroon’s second solo
album was the melodic Lagan. The song ‘Mahbooba,’
the massive super hit from Lagan, was shot at
the Giza plateau in Cairo, Egypt with the ancient
pyramids as the back drop. “Mahbooba”
is a fusion of Asian and Arabic music with Lebanese
singers accompanying Haroon.
Following the spectacular success of ‘Mahbooba’
Haroon cemented his place as one of the top asian
pop stars. Haroon embarked on a world tour that
lasted from early 2003 to mid 2005. He performed
all over Europe from cities such as Oslo, Norway
and Copenhagen, Denmark to Glasgow, Scotland.
He performed all over North America, from big
cities like New York and Toronto to smaller cities
such as Calgary and Oakland.