Mahmood Khan- A Pakistani’s International success story
We see all the time that Pakistani talent goes to India in hopes of making it big but rarely do we see a success story of a Pakistani musician making it big on an International level.
In the past, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the only Pakistani Artist able to get recognition from the West and now another name joins him and coincidentally both have worked together.
The name of this new talent who is making us all proud abroad is Mahmood Khan. Mahmood started his career in the recording industry at an early age and worked at a Black music production company in Los Angeles as a sound engineer, writer, and producer for over 14 years. He is considered a pioneer in some circles of the Hip hop world.
In 1996 he released his first solo album which was written, produced and performed by him and brought his work in front of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. In 1996 Nusrat and Mahmood met in Los Angeles and soon they were collaborating on a new album. Mahmood paid a humble fee for Nusrat’s vocal renderings but before the album could be finished Nusrat passed away leaving behind a wealth of recordings with Mahmood. In 1998 Mahmood’s 2nd solo album was released in the USA by Solid Records and In India by Magna Sound. This high energy futuristic sounding album of its time became a huge success all over the world and the title track ‘Teri yaad’ was pirated in Sanjay Dutt’s film Kartoos.
Following this big success, Mahmood then released another album called ‘Panah’ with Magna Sound. This album was recently re released by Sony music which confirms the timelessness of Mahmood’s work.
For the next few years, Mahmood settled in Pakistan to develop a new sound named ‘Modern Folk’. This was Mahmood’s experimentation of fusing sounds of Eastern instruments with Black Funk music song formation. The song “agar’ came into prominence from these recordings and enjoys a niche following worldwide.
During this time he also produced a Video song called ‘Tere Baghair’ dedicated to Quaid E Azam.
He also wrote and produced a video song dedicated to Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur. Mahmood studied at SPS for 12 years.
He then wrote and produced 2 songs for Pakistani singer Fariha Pervaiz called Panah and Mujey lai kay chal.
Another of his notable projects was the writing and production of the music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the SaaF Games held in Islamabad.
Then came YouTube and the video revolution and Mahmood decided to study film making formally and got himself enrolled at Sydney Film School. He completed his film degree and seized the opportunity of creating a new all Australian band and became the first Pakistani/Asian Artist to record a Live album at the Iconic Sydney Opera House. One of the songs from this Live recording called ‘Like the river’ was released as a single in Australia. In October 2009 Like the River climbed the top of the Australian pop charts. This was the first time in Australian music history that an Asian Artist had scored a number one song on the mainstream pop charts. In recognition of his contribution to Australian music industry, he was awarded Australian citizenship.
Now recently Mahmood has announced that he has found ‘lost tapes’ of the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s recordings. He is determined to bring the legend back into mainstream 20 years after his passing. This soon to be released new album is called “Meherban’ and contains never- before heard melodies and tracks. A brand new YoutTube channel has been created for this new content and a teaser is now available.
Also in the works is Mahmood Khan’s solo tour of Pakistan.
Mahmood Khan’s performance on Australian Channel 9 TV can be seen here
All new inforation will be posted on the Facebook channel
Mahmood Khan’s SoundCloud page