Aamir Zaki – a Genius of Unequalled Melody

Pakistan’s beloved guitarist - Aamir Zaki, passed away on 2nd June, 2017 from heart failure at age 49. According to Dawn, he was considered as “one of the greatest minds that the music industry has ever harbored”. Also, for the fans around the world, he was a prodigy.

Zaki toured extensively with vital signs and Awaz and after parting ways with the famous band Vital Signs released his debut Album “Signature” in 1995. His song “Tum hi to Ho” became a massive hit and ruled the charts for weeks making Zaki one of the most popular musicians in the country. He received many accolades for that album. The enormously talented Zaki, started playing guitar at the young age of 14 and was discovered by the renowned singer Alamgir when he was only 16. Dawn News informs that Zaki had built many guitars himself and one of these guitars was a Flying V, which was inspired by his love for Randy Rhoads. Zakiplayed this guitar during his music tours with Alamgir.

Zaki, born on 8th April, 1968 in Saudi Arabia had been inspired by Middle Eastern music to some extent which became evident in his work “Some Where in Asia.”  Zaki’s music has been sometimes experimental as his work ranged from tabla compositions to Raaga in the Eastern Classical style and the fusion of eastern and western scales.

Aamir Zaki’s second formal release was titled “Rough Cut” and later, Zaki even performed a duet Album with Hadiqa Kiyani having the same title “Rough Cut”. The album contained all songs in English. The only Urdu track was “Iss Bar Milo”. This song become a huge hit and received the award for the best song/video for that year.

The talented Aamir Zaki performed in Coke Studio 7 with international musicians at much ease and once again impressed the audiences. Recently, Zaki was working with Saleem Javed on the classic song “Tum Mere Ho”.

Zaki was laid to rest on Saturday morning as his family, friends, admirers and colleagues gathered to pay their last homage to the legendary musician.  He shall always be remembered for his contribution to the Pakistani music industry. There may never be a musician like him. His music, his innate talent, his spark will surely be missed.



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