Music, Poetry, Literature, Culture
Music, Poetry, Literature, Culture

Zohaib Hassan

Zoheb Hassan (born November 18, 1966) is a self retired Pakistani pop icon, who left the music industry after the sad demise of his sister and sub-continental pop legend, Nazia Hassan.

Early career and breakthrough

He and his sister Zara and late Nazia spent their childhood into a Muslim family in Karachi as well as London. In late 1970s, both siblings attended and sang at “Sang Sang Chalien” and “Kaliyon Ke Mala”, famous musical shows for children hosted by the music maestro Suhail Rana. Ironically, in the early days Zohaib was not interested in music at all. Later he developed a keen interest in playing guitar and requested the famous musician Alamgir to give him guitar lessons. In mid 1970s, Nazia and Zohaib’s family shifted to London. Nazia’s professional career started at the age of fifteen when she provided lead vocals for the song Aap Jaisa Koi from the 1980 film Qurbani. Nazia was introduced to the film’s director Feroz Khan by his friend Biddu in the United Kingdom. The song was a huge success in India and despite Nazia being a Pakistani, she gained overnight fame there. After the release of Disco Deewane, Nazia and Zohaib were offered the chance to act in a movie by Biddu, but they refused to act and chose singing. Their second album Star/Boom Boom was released in 1982. The soundtrack of the album was used in the movie Star. The film did not do well at the box office but the album was successful and increased the popularity of Nazia and her brother Zoheb in Pakistan and India. Their third album, Young Tarang was released in 1984. It was the first album in Pakistan to feature music videos. Nazia’s fourth album, Hotline was released in 1987. In 1991, Nazia and Zoheb recorded her fifth album, Camera Camera. Before the album’s release, they announced during a launching ceremony that it would be their last album. The album was released in 1992. Hit track from this album was Tali De Thalay. After the album’s release, Nazia left her singing career to focus on her health and personal life. In 1995, Nazia went on to marry. The marriage ended in divorce just before her demise on August 13, 2000. Zoheb took some time off from music to concentrate on his vast family business in Pakistan and UK.