Strings’ Musical Journey Concludes After 33 Years: Bilal Maqsood

Bilal Maqsood of Strings has left millions of Pakistani music fans heartbroken by announcing that the iconic music band has been dismantled.

The powerhouse duo of Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood have entertained fans for more than 30 years.

Taking it to social media, Bilal Maqsood the founding member of Strings, vocalist and guitarist made the official announcement.

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The iconic pop-rock band Strings was formed in 1988 comprising of two members Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia, plus four live band members from Karachi, Pakistan.

The quartet signed on with major record label, EMI, to release their first, critically-acclaimed self-titled album  in 1990, followed by their second album 2, in 1992 featuring tracks such as Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar that took the music world by storm.

Though the album had disbanded the same year but returned with a bang after a hiatus of eight years,

Their comeback was marked with the release of their third studio album, Duur in 2000.

Strings’ fourth studio album was Dhaani released on the Columbia Records label including a single titled Najane Kyun which also featured as a soundtrack for the Hollywood film Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and also the Urdu version of Spider-Man by Columbia TriStar Films of India.

Strings became the first Pakistani band to ever sing in an international film.

It won its first international award, MTV Asia’s Favourite Artist India award in 2005.

Strings have also composed music for a number of Bollywood films including Zinda, Shootout at Lokhandwala & John Day.

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The band released its fifth studio album Koi Aanay Wala Hai in 2008.

In 2015, Strings also produced the soundtrack for the award-winning Pakistani feature film Moor.

Strings also produced four consecutive seasons of Coke Studio starring from season 7 in 2014.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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