Noori launches new album ‘Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh’
From the 9th to 13th October 2015, Noori is moving between Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad to distribute the first batch of #BGBS CDs to their loyal fans. In the words of band leader Ali Noor, ‘they are no longer our fans, they are our friends’. This statement stands testament to how the band has been campaigning around this album.
Ever since, they have been busy engaging their ‘friends’ in different ways. The most interesting has been a ‘chant recording session’ where around a 100 Noori fans came and sang chants that would become part of the songs in the album. The band has also promoted a first of its kind, exclusive album preview tour across the big-3-cities (KLI) a fortnight in advance of the release.
Instead of creating mega happenings, the band has opted for the more personalized and exclusive approach for promoting #BGBS. “This time we are interested in promoting the message of this album” notes song-writer Ali Hamza, “and given the nature of the message, there is no other way but to do this organically. 12 years ago we wanted to change the world, today we realize we have to do it one person at a time. Up-close-and-personal is our new tagline.”
Illuminating further on the message of this concept album, Ali Hamza explains that “it is derived from the title itself. Gul Bakaoli is that flower which cures blindness and Sarfarosh represents passion of pursuit. So this album is about passionate people who want to cure blindness – be it their own or that of another.” Ali Noor adds: “There is a Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh within everyone and we want to fire her up in as many people as we possibly can. We aspire to create a movement of young people who are serious about change. Our Motto is “You have to DIY (do-it-yourself) to BIY (believe-in-yourself)”.
Apart from talking about #BGBS, Noori is also using this release as an opportunity to give a wakeup call to the sleeping music scene of Pakistan. #BGBS is the first major original Pakistani album to come out after a long period of silence in Pakistani music.
The band contends that good original music is what keeps the music scene running and should be the main focus of all artists who want this scene to flourish.
#WakingUpOurMusic is the frequent hashtag we get to see along with #BGBS updates on Noori’s social media.