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Patari releases “The Gulmit Anthem” by Bulbulik Music School

Patari, a Pakistani music streaming app, has released “The Gulmit Anthem” performed by students of Bulbulik Music School in upper Hunza. The track was released on Patari’s website as part of its new music series called Fanoos which is produced and directed by Zohaib Kazi.

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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Patari releases "The Gulmit Anthem" by Bulbulik Music School

Patari, a Pakistani music streaming app, has released “The Gulmit Anthem” performed by students of Bulbulik Music School in upper Hunza. The track was released on Patari’s website as part of its new music series called Fanoos which is produced and directed by Zohaib Kazi.

Patari had earlier announced that it is featuring two artists from Gilgit-Baltistan for the very first time on its website. Patari had formerly no music from entire Gilgit-Baltistan, however, with the two musicians made part of a series which has so far been well received, there seems to be some hope for G-B based musicians.

The original song  žu Dur žu jon was written by Wakhi poet Nazir Ahmed Bulbul.

Bulbulik Music School is part of the Bulbulik Heritage Center in Gulmit which is working on reviving the lost Wakhi music. The band has performed at various big events like Music Mela, Hunza Cultural Festival, and Folk Mela at Lok Virsa in Islamabad.

Islam Habib Hunzai is another artist from Gilgit-Baltistan who will be featured in Patari’s Fanoos. The next episode of the music series is expected to be released in the coming week.

Despite having diverse and rich folk music, Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) has not been given the deserved coverage; be it the commercially launched musicals like Coke Studio or independent music initiatives. Artists like Irfan Ali Taj, Salman Paras and others have been trying to make some waves with their personal efforts but it is about time the music of the mountains gets recognized at bigger arenas.

Listen to The Gulmit Anthem on Patari

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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Zulfiqar Essa: Contending for the Hult Prize 2019 with a Million Dollar Idea

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Zulfiqar Essa

“My name is Zulfiqar Essa and I’m from Hyderabad, Hunza. I’m the co-founder of TechScape and previously have been awarded the Global UGRAD scholarship. Currently, I’m working on an idea called “Shirijon” which aims to create over 10,000 jobs in the next decade. I’m collaborating on this idea with my team members from Chitral, Punjab, and Germany.

Recently our idea got selected in the top 35 for HULT Prize 2019 from around two hundred thousand global applications received from across 120 countries. In the next round to be held in Amman, Jordan, we will be competing against young entrepreneurs from Harvard Business School, Cambridge, and other globally known institutions. Our idea is the very first Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) to make it to the regional round of HULT Prize.

Team Shirijon from COMSATS Islamabad - Hult Prize 2019

Our team from COMSATS University Islamabad is quite excited to participate in the 10th Annual Hult Prize Regional Summit in an attempt to win a $1 million USD as a seed fund. We think that this idea has the potential to change the economy of not only Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but entire Pakistan as well.”

This story is part of the #GBCProspers campaign by GBee. Send your stories at editor[at]gbee.pk or inbox your story at our Facebook page.

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MMA Fighter from Gilgit-Baltistan to face his Afghani opponent at SLFC

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Shah Nawaz Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan at SLFC

MMA fighter Shah Nawaz is all set to face his Afghani opponent Abdul Wadood Matin at the Snow Leopard Fighting Championship (SLFC). The event is scheduled to be held in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 25th January 2019.

This is going to be the first major Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) championship for Shah Nawaz in the year 2019. Shah Nawaz belongs to the Hunza district in Gilgit-Baltistan and represents the Fight Fortress Islamabad.

Other prominent MMA fighters from Gilgit-Baltistan representing Fight Fortress Islamabad include Uloomi Karim Shaheen, Haider Farman, Anita Karim and Zeeshan Shah.

Shah Nawaz, who is originally from Hunza Valley, will travel to the neighboring country of Afghanistan with Ali Sultan, his coach and co-owner of The Fight Fortress Islamabad later this week.

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Player Comparison: Abdul Wadood Matin (Afghanistan) vs Shah Nawaz (Pakistan)

Shah Nawaz has won 2 out of 2 amateur matches. Both of the matches were held at PAK MMA ٖFighting Alliance. He is quite confident to add another win to his name.

He said while talking on social networking platform Facebook”I’ve been training hard for this championship. Abdul Wadood Matin is a good player and he is going to be a tough opponent.”

The matches of Snow Leopard Fighting Championship (SLFC) will be streamed live on Fight Night Afghanistan’s YoutTube Channel. The match will also be available for TV audience on TOLOTV (Yahsat 1A 52.5°E: 11785-H-27500-5/6 & ST-2 88°E: 10966-V-7300-3/4).

An embedded stream for viewers in Gilgit-Baltistan and rest of Pakistan will be available on GBee’s video section.

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