KARACHI: Zeb Bangash, the Coke Studio artist tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in the presence of friends and family in Lahore this Sunday. Her husband is reported to have said his qabools over Skype, as he’s currently based in America where he is doing his psychiatric residency at Duke University.
Zeb looked beautiful in a traditional chikankari lehenga choli and barely there makeup. We love that she kept her look refreshingly simple!
Talking to Images (Dawn), the new bride shared, “It all happened in a flash but felt so right as everything just seemed to fall into place. I’m just thankful and happy!”
Earlier, in a interview to Ahmed Sarym for Images, Zeb Bangash said that Pakistan’s music industry is really appalling. “I’m not too sure myself. There was talk of my participation as a composer for the ninth season too, since I’ve been a music director for films in India and Pakistan for a few years now. The team seemed excited to include me since I would have been the only female musician to work in a production capacity on Coke Studio; I was also moved to know that they noticed and acknowledged my accomplishments.
“I was called in September, followed by a few informal meetings and by fall they told me they’d love to have me on board. There were no contracts signed, but I started working on it out of good-will, in fact, I put in a few entries as well. I didn’t get any concrete explanation, but by January it emerged that it wasn’t going to work out.?
Responding to a question she said; Look, what happened this year made me upset. I can’t lie about it. But for me the consequences are not so drastic. There was an emotional connection that seemed to be severed but that’s it really. The problem is a larger one… of mentality. If we want to support Pakistani music and want it to grow, we can’t just support hits and stars and put money behind them. Music can only grow when all practitioners of music are dealt with respect and professionalism, across the board.
Referring to her foreign experience, she said; “Having worked abroad, I can’t help but make comparisons about how people working in the music industry are getting treated here. I’m not talking about stars, I mean the session players, traditional musicians, engineers, composers, lyricists – the ones who build the backbone of the industry. When you look at the kind of intimidation and exploitation that happens in this section, it’s really appalling.
“How you speak to the artist, how much creative space is awarded to the artist, how is that communicated to them, how you engage them? How you negotiate with them? What kind of out of studio relationship you build with them? Respect in the treatment and engagement of artists is seriously lacking; especially for non-stars in larger platforms”, she defended her point of view.