Biography

Maha Ali Kazmi is a Pakistani singer-songwriter who was born and grew up in Karachi and is of Kashmiri descent. She completed her higher education from Monash UniversityMelbourne Australia, and upon returning to Pakistan she began her musical career as the back-up vocalist for Cornetto Music Icons in 2013. She released her debut single called Nazar soon after.

 

Early life

 

Maha Ali Kazmi was born in KarachiPakistan to Ali Asghar Raza, a civil engineer of Kashmiri descent and Fatima Ali Asghar. Music is a heritage passed down to her from the Hindustani classical artist Wajid Ali Shah, the ancestor from her mother's side.

She started singing and joined her very first underground band at the age of 16 in Karachi. However, after graduating high school she decided to pursue her education and moved to Melbourne.

 

Career

 

Upon completion of her studies she returned to Karachi soon after which she auditioned for Cornetto Music Icons and thereupon ex- Vital Signs' Shahi Hasan selected her as a backup vocalist for the show which was aired on ARY Digital.  This experience gave her exposure to working alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry in Pakistan, namely Rahat Fateh AliAli AzmatStrings and Alamgir to name a few.

 

She released her debut single, Nazar, produced by Farhad Humayun, the front man and drummer of Lahore based band Overload in 2013.  Her second single Jana Nahi, produced by Shahi Hasan was released in 2014.

 

She has since released a number of singles which have been very well received including a collaboration with guitar maestro Aamir Zaki in the form of a song called Aaj Sun Ke Tumhara Naam which was released on his one-month death anniversary as a tribute to the Pakistani guitarist.

In December 2019, Maha appeared in the second episode of Acoustic Stations and sang a Kashmiri / Urdu folk cover  called  Sahibo. 

 Maha Ali Kazmi is a Kashmiri state subject and she has represented the Kashmiri people in a number of TV shows including Bakhabar Savera of ARY NewsGeo News and Samaa TV.

 

In 2020, Maha Ali Kazmi featured in We Are One (global collaboration song) produced by Kashan Admani. We Are One featured 40 artists from 7 countries all coming together to give a message of hope during Covid-19 Pandemic.  The song also featured Grammy Award-winning American violinist Charlie Bisharat, who has earlier played for the soundtracks of countless Hollywood movies including Titanic and Transformers; Grammy nominee Simon Philips; bass virtuoso Stu Hamm; and percussionist Gumbi Ortiz from the US, to name a few.

© Maha Ali Kazmi 2020