"Bewafaiyaan will bear the mark of my survival"
Viewers of the Pakistani serial, Humsafar, on Zindagi, would be familiar with the melodious and haunting voice of singer Qurat-ul-ain Balouch a.k.a QB. Pakistani by birth, QB grew up in the country before moving to Virginia, USA.
While she has no formal training in music, she has managed to make inroads in the field. She is now out with her first single, Bewafaiyaan, on Universal Records. Excerpts from an interview:
Q. What has your latest single, Bewafaiyaan, been inspired by?
A. Bewafaiyaan is inspired by female emotions and it highlights the withdrawals from a relationship. I think the genre it best fits is Pop/Lounge with Eastern fusion.
Q. The title track for Humsafar has a captive audience in India too; did you expect it to be a great hit?
A. We recorded Humsafar’s soundtrack in 2012. Not once, did the thought cross my mind that the song was going to blow everyone away. Originally, the legendary Abida Parveen sang it, and Naseer Turabi wrote it on the Partition of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Its becoming my identity still comes as a surprise to me at times.
Q. Tell us about your accident and your challenges while recording the latest single.
A. On February 2, 2013, I had a major car accident on my way to the airport in Lahore, Pakistan. I was critical but was lucky to have survived. Since it was a cervical injury, my doctors had to operate and with that, my parents were informed that my vocal cords might not remain the same. I’m a walking-talking miracle of God. Bewafaiyaan was the first track from the album that I recorded my vocals for. It will bear the mark of my survival, always.
Q. How has your musical journey been so far?
A. From being a bathroom singer to covering the Reshma classic Akhiyan Nu Rehn De... it was bound to happen given the chain of events that followed. I didn’t have to work for it much. I come from a family where we abide by the rules enforced by my father, who is an army officer. I’m the first to break the rules by choosing singing as my profession instead of becoming a doctor as most of our parents wish their kids would.
Q. What’s next? Do you plan to come out with a full-fledged album?
A. I am resuming my music-making after my full recovery. So, there are interesting projects in the pipeline. My album is ready, and is due for a release, soon.
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On song with QB
Other highlights in her career include being part of Coke Studio, Pakistan and representing the country in a live performance with the Philharmonic Orchestra for Queens of Melody. She has also won Pakistan’s Youngest Achievement Award UK and Europe 2011, and the Lifetime Achievement Award (at the age of 25) conferred by the Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association, British Columbia in Canada.