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Faiz Mohammad Baloch: A True Performer

Posted on February 11, 2007
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I suspect that many of our readers have never even heard of – let alone seen a performance by – Faiz Mohammad Baluch. If so, you do not know what you have missed; so watch this video!

This video may look quaint to some, but there was music performance well before there were music videos or the era of MTV or even PTV! There was an entire generation of wonderful (mostly folk) singers in Pakistan whose stage was neither film nor television, but the local mela, the village chopaal, the dera. Like Alam Lohar, Sain Akhtar, Tufail Niazi, and many others, Faiz Baloch belonged to this generation. Their audiences were live and intimate; their sound was rough but authentic; and their performances were unchoreographed but heartfelt. They never mastered the skills of looking into the camera, but they always did look into the eyes of their audiences. Their cues came not from the video director, but from the reactions of their listeners.



I remember listening to a few of these greats as a very young child and I still remember that their was something quite electric about those live performances. Something, that never translated to the television screen. This is why I offer this video hesitantly. It does not really do justice to the magic of Faiz Baloch performing live. His signature song used to be ‘Laila O Laila’ and he would go rather wild with his dance steps (Michael Jackson, make way). The song in this video, is also set to a traditional Baloch tune but is, I think, one of Uxi Mufti’s efforts in the early Bhutto days to create national songs around folk tunes and have them sung by famous folk singers.

It is not a bad song, and you do see the skill of Faiz Baloch as a singer and as a performer here. But it is more stiffled than what I recall. Partly, this may be because there is no audience and this was not a man used to performing to machines. Partly, it may be because he is singing in Urdu here while most of his work was sung in Makrani and Balochi (I think). But despite all this, it is a fascinating performance – note, especially, the dance steps around 2:30 into the video.

I have been watching it repeatedly over the last many days and enjoyed it tremendously. So have my young kids. I hope you do too.

OWNERS STEP OUT OF SHOE BIZ BOYHOOD FRIENDS SELL EASTBAY FOR $146 MILLION.(Business Thursday)

The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) December 5, 1996 Art Juedes and Rick Gering once sold track shoes out of the trunk of a car, taking home $5 a week after plowing any profits back into their floundering business.

“In the second year, we made about $20 a week,” Juedes said.

Today, the 44-year-old partners — boyhood chums born two days apart in a Wausau hospital — are multimillionaires.

They announced a deal this week to sell their 16-year-old company, Eastbay Inc., a catalog company of sports shoes, clothing and equipment, to Woolworth Corp. for about $146 million. go to website eastbay coupon codes

The pair own 52 percent of the stock Woolworth agreed to buy for nearly $24 a share.

As entrepreneurs, Juedes and Gering beat the odds and found rags- to-riches success, said Randy Cray, chairman of business and economic departments at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

“Success stories like that are few and far between,” he said.

Richard Judy, a UW-Stevens Point professor of management, attributed their success to “just plain luck,” some good salesmanship and an understanding of the market.

“They were in the right place at the right time with the right product. They hit on the right area,” Judy said.

Eastbay, the brainchild of the two men, who once had careers in education, grew into the nation’s largest direct marketer of athletic shoes and apparel.

Juedes and Gering, who were both runners in high school and college, wanted to provide high-performance track and field shoes to high school athletes in central Wisconsin.

Instead of having athletes travel to larger cities like Appleton and Madison to find proper shoes, they decided to bring the shoes to the athletes.

With $7,000 worth of shoes in the trunk of an America Motors AMX, the men began visiting schools in a 50-mile radius of Wausau, selling shoes one pair at a time.

“More coaches heard about us and liked what we could bring them,” Gering said. “One would tell another and it grew from there.” With little income in the early years, Juedes relied on his wife, Barb, for financial support, and Gering lived with his parents.

A third partner in the venture, Don Trzebiatowski, a track teammate of Gering’s in college, dropped out after five months.

“It came down to money,” Trzebiatowski said. “I wasn’t real comfortable with owing people money. I grew up on a farm and if you couldn’t pay for it, you didn’t buy it.” Instead, Trzebiatowski became a loyal employee, on the payroll in just about every capacity for all but 10 months of the company’s life. this web site eastbay coupon codes

Slowly, Eastbay grew. Its territory increased to 100 miles from Wausau, it added baseball and wrestling shoes to the lineup, and a toll-free number was offered for the first time in 1983.

Gering laughs when recalling that the toll-free number was added just in case anyone wanted to order by phone. “Sometimes, we weren’t always on top of things,” he said.

By 1986, the pair said they each made the equivalent of a teacher’s salary.

The rest is history. Eastbay sales grew between 100 percent to 300 percent from 1986 to 1988, a president was hired in 1992 and a public stock offering was made in 1995. The company now has 1,300 full-time, part-time or temporary workers.

Eastbay weathered some storms, especially when Nike pulled its line of popular shoes, including Nike Air, then 40 percent of the business.

“We were nervous, but our business grew by 10 percent that year,” Juedes said. Nike retuned in 1994.

“We never got into the business to get rich,” Gering said. “We did it because we enjoyed it.” Juedes concurred. “I have the same wife I had when we started the business and a lot of the same friends,” he said. “I don’t think people will look at me differently now that I have money.” Woolworth is a New York-based retailing giant with 3,500 stores worldwide selling athletic shoes and apparel, including Foot Locker. The sale awaits approval from Eastbay shareholders and necessary regulators.

Eastbay will operate as part of Woolworth’s Athletic Group.

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  1. farhan says:
    December 21st, 2009 5:29 pm

    @ jawad

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_eglCPXHvo

    Even though , its not the original version but u can have urdu remix performed by some lyari folks….

    can some sheedi bros…tell me what it does mean?

    “arrrey nako rrrey nako”? this was the takia kalaam of my childhood friend from chakra goth ..

  2. Omar Jamil says:
    December 21st, 2009 4:07 pm

    One of the great folk singer of Baluchistan-very captivating
    performer indeed.

  3. irshad ali baloch says:
    November 27th, 2009 11:23 pm

    thanx for giving such useful informtion. nako faiz mohammad is my grand father and i feel amused and really pride to him.
    GOD bless him.
    he had migrated from irani balochistan ” Qasirqand”.

  4. August 9th, 2009 6:35 am

    Most recently I discovered the magical art of FAIZ MOHAMMAD BALOCH and instantly became an ardent fan of his mystic and vibrant voice and avery spontaneous style of vocals. An incredible singer and a truly great custodian of traditional art of Balochi singing. regards!

  5. soh baloch says:
    January 16th, 2009 4:09 pm

    good ..

  6. Possible Baloch says:
    November 20th, 2008 12:39 am

    Salam dear.
    Thanks for the post.
    He is one of the most popular Balochi Language Singer of all times.
    Please correct this, He sung in Baluchi (Makkorani dialect).

    He had a very very high picth in his voice. We can never forget our Nako Faizok (Uncle Faizok, thats the name we Baloch gave him in his love and respect).

    Baloch Zanda Batay (Live Long Baloch People)

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