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The Band

Faisal Kapadia – Vocals
Bilal Maqsood – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Aahad Nayani – Drums
Haider Ali – Keyboards
Adeel Ali – Lead Guitar
Bradley D'Souza - Bass Guitar

Strings Band

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Strings is One Of The Few Bands Which Have Achieved Consistent Commercial And Critical Success In Pakistan And Across The World. Their Popularity Is Attributed To The Significantly Different Approach To Their Music And Lyrics & They Were Given An Award For Being Asia’s Most Favourite Band At The Mtv Asia Awards

At The Government Commerce College In Karachi, Bilal Maqsood, Faisal Kapadia, Rafiq Wazir Ali, Kareem Bashir Bhoy, Four Classmates Formed A Band. The Band Had Come Up With A Self-Titled Album Strings Under The Emi Label Their First Album Sold 20,000 Copies In Its First Week On Sale. In 1990, The Band Came Up With A Follow-Up Album Titled Strings 2 in 1992.

Bilal Maqsood Realising That The Band Needed More Exposure, Advised That A Music Video Be Shot & This Decision Proved Beneficial And Sar Kiye Yeh Pahaar Became A Nation-Wide Hit Overnight. In Its Most Primitive Form, The Video And The Song Created A Phenomenon In The Local Music Industry And The Band Scored Hits After Another, Played Shows And Enjoyed The Lifestyle Of The Post-80s Pop Stars. The Band However Had Other Things On Mind, And They Fixated Their Focus On Finishing Their Studies. The Hype Was Short-Lived And The Quartet Soon Disappeared From The Face Of The Pakistani Pop. Faisal Kapadia Returned To Houston, Texas (USA) to continue his business studies. While Bilal Maqsood Got Himself A Job In An Advertising Agency as The Creative Director .

The Year 2000 Saw Another Shake In The Pakistani Music Industry And The Duo Saw An Interest In Joining The Bandwagon. Rafiq And Kareem Weren’t Accessible And Decided Not To Continue With The Band Not Because Of Indifferences But Because They Had Settled Down In Their New Lives.Bilal Maqsood And Faisal Kapadia Then Decided On Forming The Band Within Themselves.

Anwar Maqsood Saab Has Been Writing Lyrics For The Band Since Its Re-Formation, Where Faisal Kapadia Is The Lead Vocalist For The Band, Bilal Maqsood Acts As The Composer, Guitarist And At Times Does Vocals For A Few Songs. Strings’ Third Album Duur Was An Instant Hit In Pakistan & India Where Their Reputation Preceded Them. While Strings Enjoyed Huge Success In Pakistan, They Were Oblivious To The Fact That Their Earlier Hit Sar Kiye Yeh Pahaar Was Being Played In India In A Remixed Version In Clubs And Had Gained Them A Repute Over The Years. When Their New Video Was Played On Music Channels In India, They Were Easily Recognizable As The Two Who Performed The Earlier Song And The Song “Duur” Became Even More Famous Across The Border

Strings Affiliated With Hariharan And Sagarika To Work On Songs For Their 4th Biggest Hit Album Dhaani. With Their Success In India, Columbia Records Approached Them To Launch Their New Album And They Accepted Their Offer.

In June 2004, Before They Could Record Their Next Song, Najaney Kyun, Strings Were Approached By The Heads At Columbia Tristar Films Of India, A Sister Company To Their Record Label Company To Include The Song In The Soundtrack Of The Urdu Version Of The Hollywood Blockbuster Spider-Man 2

Soon Afterwards, They Were Approached By An Indian Director Shooting Zinda, A Remake Of The Classic South Korean Film Oldboy To Do A Soundtrack. Bilal Maqsood Composed A Song Titled Yeh Hai Meri Kahani For The Movie. For The Video, The Duo Had To Act Alongside Two A-List Actors From Bollywood. It Was Here That The Duo Became Good Friends With John Abraham And Sanjay Dutt And Would Later Appear In More Ventures Together.

Late In 2007, Strings Struck A Deal With Gibson Guitar Corporation, Becoming The First South Asian Band In History To Create A Working Relationship With The Famed Guitar Manufacturers
In 2008, Strings Come Up With Their Fifth Album “Koi Aanay Wala Hai” Best Selling Album Which Was A Hit In Both Pakistan And India. Their Video The Single, Of “Koi Aanay Wala Hai” Featured Bollywood Actor John Abraham.

The Pakistani Version Of The Album Also Contained The Soundtracks From “Shootout At Lokhandwala” And “Zinda”, The Two Bollywood Movies, Which Were “Aakhri Alvida” And “Zinda Hoon”.,

2017, Strings announced its farewell to Coke Studio after season 10

30 Years Strings Band

Achievement And Awards

Hum Style Awards 2018

 

  • Strings Received “Excellence in Music” Award at Hum Style Awards 2018

  • •Strings became brand ambassadors for Levi's Pakistan
    •Strings and Atif Aslam were nominated for the Best Singer award at the 2011 Lux Style Awards for their collaboration "Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga" •Strings Won “Best Band Award” – MTV Music Awards 2009.
    •Strings Won “Best Album Award” – MTV Music Awards 2009.
    •Strings From Pakistan Have Been Nominated Torch Bearers For The Olympic Games, 2008.
    • Strings Have Become Motorola Brand Ambassadors For Pakistan.
    • Won An Award For The “Best Live Act In Music ” At Lux Style Awards 2008.
    • Won An Award For The “Most Wanted Band” At The Musik Awards 2008.
    • Won An Award For The “Best Lyrics Aakhari Alvida” At The Musik Awards 2008.
    • Won “The Musik Icon Award Of 2006 .
    • Won The Indus Music Award 2005 For Extensive Contribution To The Pop Music Industry.
    • Won MTV Asia’s “Most Favourite Band” Award 2005.
    • Won An Award For The “Best Band” At The Third Jazz Indus Music Awards.
    • Won An Award For The “Best Lyrics’Zinda’” At The Third Jazz Indus Music Awards.
    • Won An Award At The Lux Style Awards 2004.
    • Won An Award For “Best Band” At The First Sangeet Awards Ceremony Held At Royal Albert Hall.
    • Won An Award For “Best Video” For Their Video Of The Song “Anjaane” At The Lux Style Awards 2003.
    • Ist Pakistani Song (Najanay Kiyon ) By Strings In Hollywood Blockbuster Spiderman 2 OST
    • Strings Have Sung Pakistan's Official Song Hai Koi Hum Jaisa For ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.
    • The Gibson Guitar Corp Signs On Strings The Very First Band From ASIA To Endorse A Legendary Brand.
    • Strings Signed As Brand Ambassadors Of Etihad Airways
    • Strings Are The Brand Ambassadors For Warid GLOW 
    • Strings Are The Brand Ambassadors For Mobilink World. 
    • Strings Are The Brand Ambassadors For Honda City
    • Strings Are The Brand Ambassadors For Tissot.
    • Strings - Pakistan’s National Ambassadors For HIV And AIDS.

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