Saturday, July 17, 2010

Junaid Jamshed

Junaid Jamshed (Urdu: جنید جمشید; born September 3, 1964) is a Pakistani recording artist who gained fame as the frontman of the pop group, Vital Signs in 1987 with the hit song, Dil Dil Pakistan, and remained in demand throughout the 1990s. In 1994, he released his debut solo album, Junaid of Vital Signs, which also quickly became a national hit, followed by Us Rah Par in 1999 and Dil Ki Baat in 2002.

Since then, he has focused on Islam and concentrated on reciting nasheeds. His debut religious album, Jalwa-e-Janan was released in 2005 and was followed by Mehboob-e-Yazdaan in 2006, Badr-ud-Duja in 2008, and Badee-uz-Zaman in 2009. He also runs a boutique with the name "J.", read as "Jay Dot", which has several outlets all over Pakistan.

Junaid Jamshed is the son of Group Captain (retd) Jamshed Akber Khan and Nafeesa Akber Khan. His father was a Pakistan Air Force officer. He belongs to a Pashtun and Urdu-speaking family. Jamshed studied pre-engineering courses in PAF College in Karachi before joining University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. Though, he applied to join Pakistan Air Force but later moved on to a career in Aeronautical Engineering due to his weak eye sight.

Jamshed has been both the indicator and agent of shifts in Pakistani youth culture. In 1987 he took Pakistani media by storm with his band's hit patriotic number Dil Dil Pakistan, viewed as one of the most popular songs of all time. This was a turning point in Pakistan's music history which ushered in a new era of pop musical bands and produced many fine singers and musicians. These bands represented and inspired the youth. Fourteen years later, the September 11 attacks and the consequent Afghan war radicalized many youngsters and again Jamshed was first to represent and encourage that change. He renounced popular music, claiming it to be Haraam[2], and devoted a significant amount of his time to preaching Islam.[7] Jamshed now sings Urdu and English nasheeds.

Junaid Jamshed is also actively involved in charity work and has been associated with the Muslim Charity since 2003. Under the leadership of Junaid Jamshed Muslim Charity has achieved a great deal in last few year and expanded its operations to 16 countries. (Wikipedia)