Nazia Hassan -----The Musical Story

When the soundtrack of the Indian film ‘Qurbani’ was released two decades ago, a new chapter in sub-continental Pop music was opened. The singer responsible for this phenomenon was a young, petite girl from Pakistan studying in the United Kingdom called Nazia Hassan and the song was ‘Aap Jaisa koi’Aap Jaisa Koi made history and so did the teenager Nazia who, overnight, became a household name with Asians all over the world.

On the heels of this success was the album ‘Disco Deewane’ which featured Nazia and her equally talented brother, Zoheb Hassan. The title song was on the lips of every young boy and girl and it was a forgone conclusion that the brother and sister team was here to stay. Every newspaper and magazine worth its name in the sub-continent had a story on the two sensational singers. More importantly, Disco Deewane was the first sub-continental album to cross over into the international charts, achieving the No. 1’ positions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South America etc. The Billboard Magazine USA claimed that it outsold “Saturday Night Fever” with sales of over 35 million worldwide.

Their next album ‘Young Tarang’ was launched in 1986 with great fanfare and was again unique because it was Asia’s first album to have music videos to support it. This again turned out to be another blockbuster album for the young duo and CBS.

The two were once again featured on the film soundtrack of “STAR” and though the film was nothing to write home about, the songs well deservedly became a sensation especially, “Boom Boom” and “Muskuraye Ja”.

Nazia and Zoheb’s next album was aptly entitled ‘Hot Line’ as it was straight from UK to their fans all over the world. This album showcased on a TV programme by the name of “Music 89” created a pop fervor in Pakistan to the point that the Government of Pakistan decided to ban Nazia and Zoheb’s music. In India, as expected the album, did brisk business for Polygram, the company that marketed the product there.

‘Camera’ was another album, which had instant success. It was number one in Indonesia for 6 weeks and topped the charts in various other countries. More importantly, Nazia & Zoheb dedicated the album in support of B.A.N (Battle Against Narcotics), a social awareness anti drug campaign targeted to educate the Pakistani youth about the hazards of drug abuse. The album therefore went beyond just great music. It was ‘music with a cause’.


1980 Release of the film soundtrack of QURBANI, which featured the hit single “AAP JAISA KOI” by the young teenager, Nazia Hassan, who overnight became a household name in the Indian sub-continent.

1980 On the heels of this success came the debut album from Nazia and her equally talented brother Zoheb, DISCO DEWANE. The title track was a number one hit in India and Pakistan and also topped the charts in several Latin American countries including Argentina and Venezuela and the Middle East.

1981 Follow up album BOOM BOOM builds on the success of Disco Dewane, featuring several hits from the soundtrack of the film STAR, including the title track.

1985 YOUNG TARANG their next album, set new sales records and featured the hits CHEHRA, DUM DUM, AAG, JAADU, ANKHEN.

1987  HOTLINE was their last album for several years. After the release of
Hotline, Nazia completed her legal studies while Zoheb obtained a business degree.

1992 Nazia and Zoheb launch new album CAMERA.


In 1980 she introduced a new style of music through her super hit cassettes “Disco Dewane, Young Tarang, Hotline and Camera Camera. These not only sold in millions around the world but more importantly gave a new perspective to sub-continental culture.

With successive international hits in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, South America, South Africa, Russia etc. made her into one of the best known Asian artists in the world. To date the worldwide sale of her cassettes has exceeded 60 million units.

In her musical career she earned several Gold and Platinum Discs from companies such as EMI International, CBS International, Polygram.

 Filmfare Best Indian Singer Award in 1981
 2 double platinum,
 2 platinum, and
 15 Gold Discs
 Nazia also has the distinction of leading the Pakistan Day Parade in New York.

She also received the ‘National Youth Award’ from the Ministry of Culture in 1985 for outstanding contribution in the field of performing arts.

The highest civil award ‘Pride of Performance’ was conferred upon her by the President of Pakistan on 23rd March 2002 as an acknowledgement of her contributions in the field of art, culture and social work.



Using the almost ‘cult status’ she earned in the music world Nazia went on to do what she liked to do most, social work. Supported by the Ministry of Interior & Narcotics Control she formed an NGO known as BAN (Battle Against Narcotics) to help combat/reduce drug addiction in Pakistan and later worked with UNICEF on various child welfare projects in Pakistan. Nazia and Zoheb dedicated their album CAMERA CAMERA to create awareness of the hazards of drug abuse.

Nazia was also an active member and participant of social organizations such as The Voice of Women, National Youth Council, Business and Professional Women, The Rotary Club, The 300 Club (UK) and Inner Wheel Club for Disabled Children and organized fund raising programs for the United Nations.


Nazia Hassan was born on 3rd April, 1962 in Karachi.

Nazia’s father Mr. Basir Hasan is a known business entrepreneur and mother Mrs. Muneeza Basir was an active social worker in her youth. Nazia’s grandfather and Basir Hasan’s Father, Nawab Syed Saghiruddin Hassan was the President Pakistan Muslim League, Delhi and owner of the 1st Jinning Mill in Multan, Pakistan. Some of his friends included Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and Justice Wajihuddin.
Nazia’s great grandfather, Khan Bahadur Syed Basiruddin Hassan was very active in social work. He was the founder of Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam, Governor of Lady Dufferin Hospital, Trustee of Fateh Puri Mosque and built Seven Primary Schools in Dehli.

Received early education from Karachi Grammer School.

First appeared in children musical TV programme Kaliyon Ki Mala and Sang Sang Chalein.

After moving to UK, she studied at an American School in London and Francis Holland.

Kept pursuing her interest in music, participated in a Yorkshire based TV Programme and sung Gypsy Rowers in 1973 followed by many more.

She majored in Business Administration & Economics from Richmond American University, London with Honors and later went on to study Law at Lancaster Gate College of Law.

Nazia joined the United Nations in 1991 as an intern in ‘Women’s International Leadership’ program and then went on to work in the UN Department of Political and Security Council Affairs.