She is a magnificent vocalist. She is one of those singers who have the honor to have worked with Sohail Rana and Nisar Bazmi. She believes in experimenting with her vocals with different genres of music as she wants her work to be more challenging and overwhelming for her fans. While talking to The News tribe (TNT), she was like:
TNT: Tell about your childhood and music training.
Sadaf: I started singing at a very young age: humming jingles and film songs shown on PTV. I had a natural aptitude for music. Thus, my family encouraged and I took some musical lessons.
I joined Sohail Rana’s ”Saarey Dost Hamarey’‘ at PTV. Then other Children’s programs followed ”Ranng Barang” by Sultana Siddiqi and ”Dee Dee Show” with Khaled Anam and Rafi Peer Theatre. Then I took music lessons from the great Maestro Nisar Bazmi.
TNT: What inspires you as an artist?
Sadaf: All true and beautiful things inspire an artist. Artists are sensitive people so positive and negative stimuli both have a strong impact on them. Creativity propels them to express themselves too. Positive emotions inspire me, love being the purest form of energy. Nature is also a source of constant inspiration for me.
TNT: What was the first instrument that you learnt playing?
Sadaf: It was Harmonium.
TNT: What languages you love singing in and why?
Sadaf: In Urdu as that’s our National Language and also it is a beautifully balanced and poetic language. I am comfortable singing English songs too.
TNT: What genre of music you like and why?
Sadaf: There are preferences of course but I can’t say that there is a preferred ”genre”. It depends on my mood. I have sung Pop, Geets, Ghazals and Semi classical in past. As a vocalist I do try and experiment with different styles of singing as it keeps my work interesting and challenging too.
TNT: Tell something about your current projects.
Sadaf: I am working on a few singles, along with videos. Some of them are my previous hits, and some are fresh tracks. I am very excited and currently busy with reproducing a very interesting version of ”Chaa Gaye Hain Baadloun ke Saaye”.
This shall be released in August along with a video. There have been so many fans who have encouraged me to bring to them a new version of this Classic. Then we are planning a song for September 6th too, dedicated to our Armed Forces. That is also very close to my heart.
TNT: What is future of music in Pakistan according to you?
Sadaf: In Pakistan, the Music industry is not developing as it should. We lack a system in which genuine talent may be able to surface. The artist has to self sponsor projects that can be extremely limiting. Thus, if you don’t have the money to FUND your music you sit at home, which is sad and tragic. The talent is there, but there is no system to promote it.
Earlier, either there was Film Industry and later PTV, where you could get recognition if you had talent. Now it’s all self projection and marketing which will make people notice you.
Live concerts have also suffered due to the security situation. Hence an artist suffers even more.
TNT: Do you have any desire to perform with anyone?
Sadaf: It would be a dream coming true if I could ever work with A.R Rehman. He is a brilliant musician and his music is amazingly expressive too. Adnan Sami Khan has also developed such a dreamy romantic genre. It would be a pleasure to work with him too.
TNT: What is success for a musician according to you?
Sadaf: Musicians are dreamers and communicators. If your music makes someone happier, makes them smile even for a minute or makes them cry, you have touched their life. That is success. We are all connected to each other as human beings.
Recently, a lady came to me in a market. There was happiness and excitement on her face. She told me how she listened to ”Tum Sang Naina Laggey” every day to refresh herself after a tiring day and she loved me. That was the biggest compliment for me ever.
I cannot get better than that. I was so humbled that day and had tears in my eyes. God has been very kind to me.
TNT: What singers you like the most?
Sadaf: They are Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Madam Noorjehan, Reshma jee, Mehnaz Begum, Mohammad Rafi, Mehdi Hassan Khansahab, Jagjit Singh, Sonu Nigam, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
TNT: What is your message to readers?
Sadaf: Be original and try to become a good human being. Learn everyday and smile a lot. Listen to music because it makes you happy.