My love for music ….collection & some outdated related technology

I don’t remember much about my earlier child hood memories between 3 to 5 years but my mother informed me that I was extra ordinary passionate for music especially for disco of eighties. I used to had 7 to 8 music albums of famous Pakistani Pop star “Nazia Hassan & her brother Zohaib Hassan” at the age of 3 years which were always been  stolen by the children’s of our house keepers.  I used to listen to pop songs on radio & cassette player of owned by my father and sing as well as dance along with it in the childhood. Then, after reaching 12 years of age,  purchased the albums in form of cassettes  and saved it in my first school bag/case. Even their plastic covers are still intact and in the same shape as i had bought. That collection was used by my many relatives for the preparation of dances for marriage functions. That collection include Pakistani Pop Stars/Groups (Ali Haider, Zohaib Hassan, Nazia Hassn, Vital Signs, Junoon, Hassan Jahangir), Indian Film music, Bhangra (Allaap Group, Hira Group), and English music of 80’s.


Passion for music continued but reshaped in many ways and included other types such as rock, classic, jazz, Bhangra, Hiphop, Ghazals etc etc. But the main essence has to be a good music.

The program “Music Channel Charts” on PTV strengthen my taste further in 90’s during my school days and i used to record the music on cassettes through TV. Then, after entering into the teen life & 20’s, I loved hard rock music given by Pakistani Rock Groups like of Noori, Junoon, EP, Call etc which was never liked by other’s due to its different shape and style.  I am thankful to my mother, never stopped me and even listen herself in the car even she didn’t not liked that.


My other favourite includes Qawali’s by Nusrat Fateh ALi Khan & Sabri Brothers, Ghazals by Jagjeet and others, pop/disco by Pakistani & international stars like Adele-Micheal Jackson-Madona-Alexandra Stan-Bob Sinclar-Coolio-Fleetwood-George Michael-Michael Bolton-Richard Marx etc, rock music by famous US Groups. Even I have a great respect for Pakistani Punjabi Film music which is not been liked by a certain class i.e. high, upper middle and consider it as orthodox.  Even, Coke studio in Pakistan has now started using Pakistani Punjabi Film Music along with new music groups.

Then came a time when i had bought CD’s spending heavy amount up to Rs. 2000- plus for each which turned to just Rs. 70 these days and of no use due to technology. I have got above 400 cassettes (majority) and CDS which are now obsolete but don’t want to through them out even ordered by my mother.

Some of the music cassettes out of many i have....

Some of the music cassettes out of many i have….

I now have above 550 songs in the soft form used to play in notebook and in car during driving.


About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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