Season 7 Artists

Sajjad Ali

Sajjad Ali started singing when he was seven and released his first album, “Master Sajjad sings Memorable Classics” in 1979 when he was just thirteen years old. This ambitious undertaking included a collection of classic numbers previously sung by the likes of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Mehdi Hassan. Ali went on to make numerous television appearances but his true potential was not realized until 1983, when he was invited to perform on Silver Jubilee, a PTV stage show directed by Shoaib Mansoor. It was this memorable performance by the then 17-year-old Sajjad Ali that brought instant recognition within the music industry and the lasting appreciation of a wider audience.

After a series of albums celebrating the classics, Sajjad Ali decided to concentrate on his real area of interest – popular music. A prolific songwriter, Ali released three pop albums in quick succession. The unusual combination of Sajjad Ali’s classically trained voice and his catchy sing-along melodies had a unique appeal and his albums were well received by the public. However, it was the release of his single Babia in 1993 that catapulted Sajjad Ali to unequivocal stardom.

Propelled by the momentum of the single’s success, Ali lost no time in recording and releasing a complete album. Titled Babia ’93, the album contained three hit singles - Babia, Bolo Bolo and Kuch Larkiyaan - and turned Sajjad Ali into a household name. Between 1993 and 2002, Sajjad released numerous albums including the popular Chief Saab (1995), Moody (1996) and Sohni Lag Di (1999). Sajjad also undertook the additional roles of director and actor for the film Aik Aur Love Story which featured the smash hit Lari Ada. In 2002 the popular musician released Koi Toh Baat Ho, which was followed by Cinderella in 2003 and the release of the single Teri Yaad in 2004. Sajjad undertook a new album Rangeen in 2005 which was followed by Chahar Balish in 2008.

Singer, songwriter and composer Sajjad Ali made his Coke Studio debut in Season 4 in 2011 with a voice that, in his own words, was “more mature”. He also contributed to the soundtrack of popular feature film “Bol” with a revamped composition of the track Din Pareshan Hai. Now 2 years later, Sajjad Ali is all set to make another appearance on the Coke Studio platform in Season 7.