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Worth Watching: Fire Fly by Usman Riaz

Posted on March 7, 2011
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The best way to listen to this, I think, is with your eyes closed; leaning back on your chair; maybe with a steaming cup of tea in hand. But before you do that, the video is also worth watching. Both because you can literally ‘see’ the talent of young Usman Riaz oozing out, and because it is a really well-done video.

So, do watch. And, then, play again and take a listen. Let the music pour into your pores. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Usman, 20, is an undergrad at the Indus Valley School in Karachi. He was introduced to me by his uncle Naveed Riaz, a face and voice that is familiar to many in the literary world and who has been an occasional contributor to ATP. That means Usman is cousin to Umar Riaz who gave us those wonderful pictures of Lahore from Above, and, of course, both are related to the much talented Zia Mohiuddin. Talent is obviously abundant in this family.

12 Comments on “Worth Watching: Fire Fly by Usman Riaz”

  1. Noman says:
    March 7th, 2011 1:23 am

    Nice. very nice.
    Also refreshing and unusual.

  2. Gardezi says:
    March 7th, 2011 1:25 am

    Nice find. Parts of it reminds me of the sitar. Good talent.

  3. Obaid says:
    March 7th, 2011 2:03 am

    Very nice find. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nihari says:
    March 7th, 2011 7:44 am

    Nothing but DNA. Young Usman’s father Ameed Riaz was once dubbed as the best guitar player of Pakistan. He was a part of late Yasmeen Ismail’s group who use to stage plays at PACC,. Here you can see Ameed with a guitar in Khalid Anum’s song Peera
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wmbIRqslts

  5. Laila says:
    March 7th, 2011 8:07 am

    Awsome. Really awesome. Did I already say, awesome!

  6. Durrani says:
    March 7th, 2011 8:52 am

    Fine stuff. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Sajjad Junaidi says:
    March 7th, 2011 11:25 am

    Very nice indeed. Good on him.

  8. Anwar says:
    March 7th, 2011 7:48 pm

    Thanks. Thoroughly enjoyed. Best wishes for the young artist.

  9. Taimur says:
    March 7th, 2011 9:37 pm

    It is good. Although not so very special. Lots of people in Pakistan and other places can do this. But the video is really kool. That makes it better.

  10. Mrs. Sajida Aziz says:
    March 8th, 2011 4:20 am

    Impressive. Best of luck to Usman. Look forward to more from him.

  11. Daud khan says:
    March 11th, 2011 7:16 pm

    Really usman It is good music compose , ANd very enjoy able
    this is also true that its video also good.
    I think every one like it.

  12. Smile URL says:
    March 13th, 2011 8:33 pm

    Yeah! video is cool and somewhat unique, too. Actually, we’re so much into the Indian music that we are not willing to listen to our music and dont find time to appreciate the music our young singers compose. Being a newbie Usman did a great job no doubt. thumbs up usman!

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