An old blogging acquaintance who goes by the name of DJ Teo at the college radio station of the University of Arkansas (of all places), has put together a very nice “All-Pakistan” episode for his world music show Interzone (broadcast a few days ago, on August 17). And DJ Teo’s latest blog post promotes a very urgent cause, as it links to Relief4Pakistan (a “grassroots donation campaign” in response to the floods), in addition to containing a playlist and podcast for the All-Pakistan show.
Personally speaking, I was pleasantly surprised by the eclectic content of this show, which has some contemporary material but also has a lot of old film music and tradtional material. It includes some fine songs from Reshma, Abida Parveen, and Nahid Akhtar.
I wasn’t completely satisfied with the Noor Jehan content (just one song, “Sadqay Sadqay Lal Qalandar” – why’d he chose that to be the Noor Jehan song?), but that’s OK, because I encountered some very charming surprises too. For instance, while it’s too bad that this show didn’t include one of Noor’s songs from Intezar, it did include Kausar Parveen’s song from that film, which stuck with me for a while after hearing it (for the first time in a while)…
Overall, this was a very good radio show!