Nazia and Zoheb

Nazia and Zoheb
Nazia and Zoheb

Visible from left to right are; Zoheb Hassan and Nazia Hassan.
Background information
Origin Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Genres Pop, Indipop
Years active 1980–1992
Labels EMI Records
Past members
Nazia Hassan
Zoheb Hassan

Nazia bakhsi and Zoheb (Urdu: نازیہ اور زوہیب) were a Pakistani pop group from Karachi, Sindh formed in 1980. The group consisted of two siblings, Nazia Hassan and Zoheb Hassan, who were a singing sensation and pop icons in Pakistan and all of South Asia. They are also regarded as pioneers of the Pakistani pop music scene. Nazia and Zoheb were also one of the most successful groups in Pakistan which sold more than 60 million albums worldwide[1] , making them one of the world's best-selling music artists.

The group initially gained prominence with their music single "Aap Jaisa Koi" first featured as a soundtrack for the Indian film Qurbani. The song was also part of the group's debut album Disco Deewane released in 1981 by Indian producer Biddu. The album was the best selling album of Asia at that time. It also changed trends of music in Pakistan and was the first South Asian album that was also a hit in Brazil, Russia, South Africa and Indonesia. The duo released their second album Boom Boom in 1982 which was also the soundtrack for the Bollywood movie Star. After two years the band recorded their critically acclaimed albumYoung Tarang (1984). It was the first album of the subcontinent to feature music videos. The album sold 40 million copies worldwide. Nazia and Zoheb released their fourth studio album, Hotline (1987), which featured the duo's younger sister, Zahra Hassan. The group released their last studio album Camera Camera in 1992, which was also the first album produced by Zoheb Hassan.

Before the release of their fifth studio album, Nazia and Zoheb announced during a launching ceremony that it would be their last album. The album did not achieve the same success as the previous releases and only received average reaction. After the album's release, Nazia left her singing career to focus on her personal life. Zoheb went on to pursue his career as a solo artist and released his debut album Kismat in 2006.



Early years (1975-1981)

Nazia and Zoheb spent their childhood in Karachi as well as London. In late 1970s, both siblings attended and sang at "Sang Sang Chalien" and "Kaliyon Ke Mala", famous musical shows for children hosted by the music maestro Sohail Rana. Nazia's professional career started at the age of fifteen when she provided lead vocals for the song Aap Jaisa Koi from the 1980 film Qurbani. Nazia was introduced to the film's director Feroz Khan by his friend Biddu in the United Kingdom. The song was a huge success in India and despite Nazia being a Pakistani, she gained overnight fame there. In 1981, Nazia won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback for Aap Jaisa Koi.

Breakthrough era (1981-1983)

After the success of Aap Jaisa Koi, Qurbani became a big hit and Nazia collaborated with Biddu, a UK-based Indian music producer; who was also the composer of Aap Jaisa Koi, on numerous other projects. In 1981, Nazia became the first playback singer to release an album. Her first album was Disco Deewane. The album broke record sales in Pakistan and India and even topped the charts in the West Indies, Latin America and Russia. This album became a mega-hit and Nazia became an established pop singer in Pakistan. The album also had vocals by her brother, Zohaib Hassan.

After the release of Disco Deewane, Nazia and Zoheb were offered the chance to act in a movie by Biddu, but they refused to act and chose singing. Nazia's second album Star/Boom Boom was released in 1982. The soundtrack of the album was used in the movie Star. Nazia made an appearance in the film, singing the film's title song, Boom Boom. The film did not do well at the box office but the album was successful and increased the popularity of Nazia and her brother Zoheb in Pakistan and India.

Continued success (1983-1989)

Nazia's third album, Young Tarang was released in 1984. It was the first album in Pakistan to feature music videos, which were made in London by David & Kathy Rose. The album sold over 40 million copies. The album became Nazia's most famous and one of the most popular in Asia. Ankhien Milane Wale was the most popular song of the album. After the release of Young Tarang, Nazia returned to singing for Bollywood movies as a playback singer.

Nazia's fourth album, Hotline was released in 1987. Aa Haan was the most popular song of the album.

Retirement (1990-1995)

By the end of the 1980s, Nazia had become the most popular pop singer of Pakistan. In 1988, Nazia and her brother Zoheb appeared with music maestro Sohail Rana in his television program, Sung Sung. In the following year, Nazia and Zoheb hosted the groundbreaking show Music '89. The show was produced by Shoaib Mansoor. It was the first-ever all pop-music stage show to be aired on television. The show launched the careers of many new rising bands and singers and became popular in Pakistan. Nazia hosted another show, Dhanak on PTV in the same year, 1989. In 1991, Nazia and her brother Zoheb recorded her fifth album, Camera Camera. Before the album's release, Nazia and Zoheb announced during a launching ceremony that it would be their last album. The album was released in 1992. It was not as successful as Nazia's previous albums and received only average reaction. After the album's release, Nazia left her singing career to focus on her personal life. The composer of her albums, Biddu had composed a song, Made in India and wanted Nazia to sing it but the retired Nazia refused to sing a song that might offend Pakistan. After Nazia's refusal, the song was offered to Alisha Chinai, who accepted the offer and the song marked the birth of Indipop.

Nazia's death and beyond (2000-2002)

Nazia died of lung cancer in London on August 13, 2000 at the age of 35.[2] She was admitted to North Finchley Hospice three days earlier when her condition deteriorated. She showed signs of mild recovery the day before she passed away and it was thought that doctors would allow her to go home. But early Sunday morning, her mother, Muneeza Hasan, was called to the hospital where her daughter had started coughing heavily at around 9:15am. She died within minutes. Nazia is buried at the Muslim Hendon Cemetery in London.

On Saturday, March 9, 2002 at the Nazia Hassan Tribute Concert, held in Karachi, the classic lineup of Vital Signs performed together on stage — for the first time in almost 7 years. The concert was attended by an enthusiastic audience.

On March 23, 2002 the Government of Pakistan has conferred upon Nazia Hassan the highest civilian award Pride of Performance. The award was presented to Mrs. Muniza Basir, mother of Nazia Hassan, by the President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf in an official ceremony held at Islamabad.

In 2003, Nazia's family established a charitable organization named after her. The organization was established in continuation of her life long charitable and social efforts to make the world a better place to live in for all irrespective of colour, creed or religion.


Zoheb Hassan acted in the drama serial "Kismat" in 2006 and released his solo album of the same title in 2006. This article contains official information and all the information has been confirmed by Nazia & Zoheb's Family.


Pakistan's vibrant contemporary music scene owes itself to Nazia Hassan's redefinition of pop. In fact, the biggest nineties bands, including the Vital Signs and the Jupiters, got a platform on "Music '89". Nazia also had a seismic impact in India. "India Today" magazine voted her as one of the top 50 people who helped change the face of India. She has contributed to the development of the present isomorphism of Bollywood music and pop: “She set - well ahead of its time - the personal album trend in India”, spawning the likes of Alisha Chinai, Lucky Ali and Shweta Shetty. After the huge success of their music, Nazia and Zoheb were signed by EMI Group and were the first South Asian singers to be signed by an international music company.

Besides music, Nazia had the honour of starting the noble trend of working for the under privileged and poor. All the money earned from music was spent on charity. Nazia supported the “Inner Wheel Club” of India and helped raise funds for them. In Pakistan, she established the organization “BAN” to fight against the curse of narcotics . She belonged to many charity organizations and worked with her mother Muniza Basir in the low income areas of Karachi to help the needy and sick. Nazia worked with Javed Jabbar, former Information Minister, to raise funds for children in Rajasthan. She went to a very large number of schools to collect toys for poor children and gave talks on the subject of social awareness for the under privileged. Nazia never forgot the love and support of all the schools and always spoke with great affection for them. The worthy staff and the students of St Joseph’s Convent, Mama Parsi School and many others had gone out of their way to help the cause.

Surprisingly, music was only a hobby for Nazia and though her achievements in this field were anyone’s dream come true, she lived away from the glitzy world and led a secluded and simple life. She completed her education in the UK, got a law degree and then worked in the United Nations in the Security Council. Nazia continued her social work even in New York and worked for children from UN platform.

She is known as the "Sweetheart of Pakistan". Nazia Hassan is still the symbol of grace, sacred beauty and innocence and is frequently compared to Princess Diana, as she was known to possess a heart of gold. Nazia spent her teenage years between Karachi and London.



  1. Disco deewane (1980)
  2. Star/Boom Boom (1982)
  3. Young Tarang (1984)
  4. Hotline (1987)
  5. Camera Camera (1992)
  6. Kismat - Zohaib (2006)


  1. Qurbani - Nazia (1980)
  2. Star (1982)
  3. Dil Wala (1986)
  4. Ilzaam (1986)
  5. Main Bulwaan (1986)
  6. Mera Saaya (1986)
  7. Sheela (1987)
  8. Saaya (1989)


  1. Our Love Last Forever (1981)
  2. Dreamer Deewane (1981)
  3. Nigahon Se Durr (1982)
  4. Then He Kissed Me (1988)
  5. Don't Think Twice (1988)
  6. Ankhien Band Karo (1995)
  7. Star of Asia (2002)
  8. Medlay (2002)
  9. Sathi Ray (2003)
  10. Khobsorat (2003)
  11. halla gulla(1982)
  12. sheela o my sheela(1982)
  13. takta munni mana(1982)
  14. mein aya tere liye(1982)
  15. tonight pyar karo(1982)
  16. guzar rahi hai khazan
  17. aana aankhon mein

TV appearances

  1. Kaliyon Ki Mala (1975)
  2. Sang Sang Chalien (1977)
  3. Disco Deewane (BBC Show 1981)
  4. Disco Deewane (DD 1 1981)
  5. BBC News (1981)
  6. Zia Moh-u-Din Show (Channel 4 1981)
  7. David Sole (1981)
  8. David Essex (1981)
  9. Young Tarang Show (DD 1 1984)
  10. Aap Ke Liye (PTV 19 December 1984)
  11. PTV Election Transmission (1985)
  12. Show Time (PTV 1986)
  13. Yes Sir No Sir (PTV 1987)
  14. TV Hits (1987)
  15. BBC Show (1987)
  16. PTV Awards (1988)
  17. Then He Kissed ME (1988)
  18. Don't Think Twice (1988)
  19. Music 89 (1989)
  20. Dhanak (1989)
  21. Aap Ke Mehman (1990)
  22. PTV 25 (1990)
  23. Mehman-i-Khasosi (1990)
  24. Studio 2 (1990)
  25. Eid Show (1992)
  26. Eye Witness (1993)
  27. Kaliyan (1990–1991)
  28. Pro Audio Show (1995)
  29. Sawaire Sawaire (PTV 1997)
  30. PTV World (1998)
  31. Zee TV (1999, Nazia Hassan's Last TV Appearance)
  32. Zee Tv (2000)
  33. Tribute Concert to Nazia Hassan (2002)
  34. PTV Prime (2000)
  35. PTV Nite Time Transmission (2002)
  36. PTV Awards (2002)
  37. Face of The Year (2002)
  38. Black & White (Indus Vision 2002)
  39. PTV Ramdan Transmission (2003)
  40. Face of The Year (2003)
  41. Gaye Ge Dunia Geet Mere (Geo TV, 2003)
  42. Kismet Show (Geo TV, 2006)
  43. Hum Morning Show (Hum TV, 2007)
  44. Marina Morining (ARY Digital, 2007)
  45. Baat Niklay Gee Tu (ARY Digital, 2007)
  46. Tribute to Nazia Hassan" (Play TV, 2008)
  47. Nazia Hassan Ke Salgirah" (MTV, 2008)
  48. Subah Sawaire with Shaista" (ARY OneWorld, 2008)
  49. Sunday with Bushra (Geo Entertainment, April 27, 2008)

TV commercials

  1. Sitara Sapna Lawn
  2. Lipton (1990)
  3. Lipton (1991)
  4. Lipton (1992)
  5. Walls Cornetto (2001)
  6. Polio Compaign (2002)

TV dramas

  1. Kismet (Geo TV, 2006)


  1. ^ "Nazia Hassan Biography". NME. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  2. ^ Jai Kumar (2000-08-23). "Obituary: Nazia Hassan". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 

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