Interview: Pakistani Band Noori Tours in the Birthplace of Rock and Roll
This Sunday Pakistani Rock and Roll band Noori performed at Le Poisson Rouge as a part of the CenterStage tour. Although the singers of Noori head-banged and screamed their lyrics like American rockers Alice in Chains, they were screaming words like "Haq," which means truth in Urdu. Brothers Ali Noor (Songwriter, Vocals, and Guitar) and Ali Hamza's (Vocals and Bass) magnetic stage presence had the crowd singing along throughout the concert.
Noori debuted in 2003 with rock songs that captured the spirit of their youth and rebellion. Like many other emerging Pakistani musicians, Noori has performed on Coke Studio, and has collaborated with other South Asian musicians like the acclaimed sing-songwriter duo Zeb and Haniya. Band members Ali Noor, Ali Hamza, and Gumby (Percussion), all come to the band with diverse understandings of what both South Asian music and Rock and Roll mean to them. They dropped by the Asia Society for an interview to talk to us about their journey creating Pakistani Rock and Roll.
This post originally appeared on Asia Blog.