In Pakistan, there’s a stereotype attached to Pakistan’s music fraternity that people who are in the ‘music business’ are not educated and that’s why they are in this field to make ‘easy money,’ but guess what? That’s not true. There are people in our entertainment industry who are serving our country with their talent since years and they are in the business – after getting proper degrees/academic certifications to pursue their true calling – music!
Following are the 5 female musicians and their educational background will make you re-think about that old stigma attached to Pakistan’s music industry:
1. Hadiqa Kiani
Known for serving Pakistan’s pop music industry since the past two decades, Hadiqa has numerous accolades, honors, awards and credits under her belt. Also the recipient of Pakistan’s highly prestigious civilian award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, not many people know that she holds a Bachelors in Psychology degree from Kinnaird College for Women University.
Later on, she completed her Masters in Psychology from GCW Lahore!
2. Zebunnisa Bangash
Hailing from the conservative lands of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, we saw her performing Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan this year at Coke Studio. Known for her vocal prowess and ability to sing in various regional languages, Zeb holds a degree in Economics and Art History from Mount Holyoake College, USA.
3. Nazia Hassan
Arguably the most popular and beloved female musician to ever grace the microphone from Pakistan, Nazia is the quintessential empress of Pakistan’s pop/disco music who is still remembered by millions of her admirers for her chart-busting hits.
Doing music and breaking the taboos before it was all ‘cool,’ almost 25 years ago, Nazia received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from Richmond University, London and later on, she went for an LLB (Law) degree from the University of London!
4. Momina Mustehsan
Currently, the ‘most talked female singer’ on social media, Momina is the perfect outcome when you mix beauty, music, and intelligence altogether. The Afreen Afreen hit-maker is a biomedical engineer by profession and has future plans to get her Masters in Industrial Engineering from the USA. Now you don’t really see ‘engineer girls’ pursuing their passion for music like this, do you?
5. Meesha Shafi
Last but not the least, Meesha is all about her unconventional performances and there’s nothing that she can’t do. Be it rock n’ roll, pop, soft romantic ballads or wedding numbers like Aaya Lariye, pass the mic to Meesha and she’ll do it for you in the most entertaining way.
The daughter of legendary TV actress Saba Hameed graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious National College of Arts, Lahore in 2007.