Arif Lohar

Arif Lohar says folk music needs to be promoted in Pakistan

Famous folk singer Arif Lohar has expressed his concerns over the music being created these days, saying that the quality of music is getting worst day by day and the time will come when you won’t be able to listen to good songs.

Arif, in an interview, said that folk music was dying in Pakistan and the big reason for that was lack of promotion and lack of interest by the culture departments.

“I don’t know why, but the quality of music these days is too rough, this is not the music people want to listen,” he said, adding that the choice of music doesn’t depend on the musicians, it’s all about the choice of music lovers.

“You can’t force anyone to listen to whatever you produce. No, no one is bound to listen to your composition. Some want to listen classical, some want folk music, while some want to listen to jazz and rock,” Arif added.

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He further went on to add: “Always care about people’s choice. Because they are the ones who decide what to listen and what not to. For example, you can’t force Madam Noor Jehan’s fan to listen to Abrar-ul-Haq. He will only listen to any other singer when he wants to. Else, he will go for his own choice. Similarly, if someone loves Atif Aslam, he won’t download Mehdi Hassan’s songs. There’s a gap of generations. Every new generation have their own choice.”

Arif Lohar also said that there was a time when Pakistan was rich in folk music. But now, other types of music has replaced all other kinds of music including classical and folk.

“This is not good. Classical and folk music should be promoted. Our young generation doesn’t know the importance of these genres of music. They should be told about the real meanings of these types of music so that they could be able to understand the real music,” said the Jugni singer.

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