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Islamabad, Islāmābād, Pakistan

Islamabad, Islāmābād, Pakistan
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Check out this band from our very own capital. It’s quirky. It’s irreverent. It’s groovy… This rock act blends English and Punjabi in such natural flow that it makes you go happy-crazy not just with the music, but also with the lyrics that oftentimes don’t make sense (and they shouldn’t). Listen to the number Mojambo, and you’ll get a fair idea when their lead singer screams “Mojambo, what is the scene!”

If Mojambo doesn’t do the trick for you, Jiggernaut will make you their fan without thinking twice. It’s a brilliant number musically and content-wise. It’s replete with political connotations and is a peculiar commentary on the current socio-political situation. What is even more remarkable is Bambu Sauce’s ingenious rock version of the Pindi-based Punjabi poet Anwar Masood’s famous poem, Banyaan. They’ve called it Banyanza and turned the nazm into a musical feast changing the mood of the funny lines in a creative manner. It’s rock music at its local best. Watch out you pseudo pop musicians. Bambu Sauce are here, and they taste spicier than anything that’s been on offer in the last few years. - In Paper Magazine Dawn Newspaper


Wannabe rock stars have it tough in Pakistan. Last month a new band, Poor Rich Boy (and the toothless winos), took to the stage of a cramped Islamabad cafe for their breakthrough gig. On the first night, one person turned up.

"It was the night of the world cricket finals. Bad timing," said the group's guitarist, Zain Ahsan, ruefully. The second gig was better – 30 people came along – but brought its own dark worries.

"I asked the owner, 'What if a bomb goes off?'" said Ahsan. "She said, 'Don't worry, I'll be with you.'"

Even in a summer of Taliban violence young Pakistanis are rocking on. An underground music scene is quietly thriving in the country's major cities, nourished by the internet and the passion of mostly amateur bands.

In Lahore a pair of unemployed rockers have tapped into that enthusiasm with a new school for rock'n'roll.

"We weren't getting a lot of gigs, and we needed to survive," said co-founder Hamza Jafri. "So we thought we'd try this."

The Guitar School, as it is known, has been surprisingly successful. Around 40 students have signed up, ranging from surly teenagers in drainpipe jeans to more practised musicians such as Ahsan looking to hone their skills. Classes take place in a small room lined with egg boxes; the school's teaching style is reflected in its motto: "Play it like you feel it."

Many come from wealthy families that might once have stigmatised music, Jafri said. "People associated it with the red light district and sexual entertainment." But a popular new television show featuring live performances, Coke Studio, has given rock music a new patina of respectability.

On a recent afternoon a woman brought in two reluctant-looking teenage daughters for lessons. "It will do them good to learn," she said.

But making it to the next stage is difficult and sometimes dangerous. For the past six months virtually all public performances in Lahore have stopped since extremists attacks on a performing arts festival and the Sri Lankan cricket team. The Pakistani music industry itself is disorganised and hamstrung by massive piracy.

But the country's internal chaos is also feeding creativity. Pakistanis have a rich musical tradition, mostly rooted in Sufism, but modern musicians have generally skirted political issues. But the new single from co-VEN, which Jafri fronts, is a sharp parody of Pakistan's controversial alliance with the US.

"There's a lot of foreign pressure on our government to attack people in the tribal areas," he said. "We are taking dictation from you guys."

Others have a playful take on the turmoil. The Islamabad band Bumbu Sauce – the name comes from a Pot Noodles packet – recently brought out Jiggernaut, a single that mixes references to kung fu, talking dogs and the Taliban. Guitarist Shehryar Mufti is not worried the insurgents might take the joke badly.

"Their beef is with the government, not the people," he said. "I think rock music is low on their list of priorities."

Pakistani rock gained traction with the arrival of satellite television in the 1990s. Today the musicians, many self-taught, publicise themselves through networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace, and Pakistan's growing number of FM radio stations. And despite the security concerns, a fresh concert scene is emerging.

On a sultry Saturday night hundreds of young people, mostly dressed in jeans and T-shirts, crowded into a new outdoor auditorium on the edge of Islamabad called the Rock Musicarium. "People are thirsting for music, they want to get out," said the venue's founder, Zeejah Fazli.

When it opens properly in November, the venue will have a recording studio and capacity for 600 people, said Fazli, who estimates there are 20 rock bands in Islamabad alone. But, he admitted, the project depends on a six-month lull in attacks on the capital continuing.

For some well-to-do Pakistanis, rock music represents the cultural tensions of their life, which is divided between western influences and the conservative direction their society is taking. "On one side kids feel like they are in England; on the other this strict Islamic thing is going on. It's not good for people's sanity," said Jafri.

About five years ago Junaid Jamshed, the country's most famous pop star, renounced music and returned to religion. Now he appears on religious chat shows sporting a long, curly beard.

But most aspiring rock stars say they can live with the difference. In the soundproof room at the Lahore guitar school, 17-year-old Danish Khwaja strummed his guitar, long hair flopping over his forehead.

"It's kinda cool doing stuff you love," he said. - The Guardian UK


As Declan Walsh of The Guardian reported last week in an article headlined “Never Mind the Taliban,” away from the tribal areas that get so much of our attention, Pakistan has a burgeoning rock music scene that has started to address political issues.

What strikes an American listener about two of the songs Mr. Walsh cites that address the war against the Taliban — “Ready to Die,” by the Lahore band co-VEN (embedded above) and “Jiggernaut,” by Islamabad’s Bumbu Sauce (embedded below) — is that both are sung in American accents.

Another video, of co-VEN playing “Ready to Die” live, includes subtitles for the chorus, sung in Urdu, which seems to list Pakistanis among America’s enemies: “The game of chess begins/ And one by one/ Iraqis and Iranians/ Saudis and Afghans/ and Pakistanis.”

Bumbu Sauce — named for an instant noodle flavor — takes a more playful approach. At the start of their jokey song they declare: “Pakistan is Taliban/ We’re gonna go in a van/ We’re gonna fight the Taliban.” Later they seem to switch sides, singing: “We’re gonna fight with the Taliban,” against “Uncle Sam.”

Of course, it is not surprising that both bands may be responding to American influences. As Mr. Walsh reported, “Pakistani rock gained traction with the arrival of satellite television in the 1990s,” and there is a lot of American popular culture bouncing off those satellites that ring the earth. Mr. Walsh adds that “the musicians, many self-taught, publicize themselves through networking Web sites such as Facebook and MySpace.” Both sites are of course American and can connect users in all countries to more American popular culture. Like countless bands around the world, co-VEN promoted the live show in Lahore on its Facebook page .

There is also something of a tradition to singing in an American accent no matter where you come from. People often asked why the Beatles spoke in strong Liverpudlian accents but sang in something that sounded far less foreign to American ears.

To underscore that the Beatles were quite aware of how much they were influenced by American culture, here is a clip of Paul McCartney joking about it in 1964, in an American accent: - The New York Times


Today’s big acts have got their music out in the early 2000s in various ways, many made it big through Pepsi’s Battle of the Bands, and others rode the P2P sharing wave to become common names. However, the TV explosion and the presence of many average acts over airwaves and the internet often makes it difficult for quality acts to shine through the crowd. Recent exceptions have been the Cheapmunks, with their unique brand of East meets West music, and from the comedy world, Naked Tyrant Productions, whose unabashed take on Lahori life has taken the internet by storm.

Rock musicians have a harder job though, one might argue. As musicians and bands develop, they of course begin to create fan followings that will track releases and concerts, but it is breaking through an existent crowd of old timers, emerging rockers and new acts that makes it incredibly hard to try and reach audiences to begin with.

This has put Bumbu Sauce‘s entry into a class of its own really, and the release of their EP, Bistee Proof, has been quite the rage. Both the music and the way it has been released has been smart, very smart.

Jiggernaut

The Sauce’s first single didn’t make a lot waves in the local scene, but the American accent and mentions of the Taliban got the New York Times’ Lede Blog listening. The song was also featured in a Declan Walsh article in the Guardian. Alternatively referred to as ‘The Taliban Song’, Jiggernaut shows the first signs of the band’s signature wordplay. Of course the NYT pick up also lent them the opportunity to resurface as the band ‘as featured in the New York Times’. That was going to get people’s attention, smartly done sirs.

Mojambo

Mojambo is really what defines the band for me. It’s collection of seemingly random urban phrases got me smiling straight away, and many that have heard the song have thought this way too. Make no mistake though, this is not meant for easy listening, per se. The song structure is simple, but it is really Mr Mojambo himself, that makes this song great. As the band said in a radio appearance, Mojambo is all of us. That’s perhaps as good as answer as we’re going to get so might as well leave it at that.

The lyrics make this a great potential viral video, and the tight Twitter community has embraced Mojambo’s ‘Punkjabi’ aesthetic as the band puts it.

Bunnayn(za)

Are they a one hit wonder? Question had to pop up some time. What a time then for the band to release an adaptation of a poem by Anwar Masood. Adapting old urdu and Punjabi poetry has been a good way for Sufi rockers to gain some recognition if done well, an art mastered by Junoon and followed by many that they inspired. But this is perhaps one of the first times that a Punk band has adapted old poetry. They of course add their own twist with the Bunnayn(za) chorus (if I can call it a chorus). And that bass line, will that get on your head.

My Punjabi Love (For You)

The fourth and last track of the EP is an interesting hummable song, perhaps the easiest to listen to of the lot for those that prefer softer rock, but it only begins to make sense in terms of the band’s aesthetic once you hear the rest of the album out. The catchy riff gets you going, but had it been the first release, it just wouldn’t have helped create the image the band seems to want to have. The video isn’t out yet, but it should make its way to some playlists on its own time.

The Wrap Up

The band has used the EP concept well. 2010 was the first year that band’s chose to release not singles but collections of songs, and many found it better to do so as an EP rather than a full album, which makes sense. Many new acts have put up their music on Soundcloud, and with the resentment surrounding Music channels on TV, bands may choose to leave videos till later.

Bumbu Sauce to classify themselves as Punk rock, and while many might consider them not really punk rockers per se, perhaps there’s little need to argue. Their DIY approach and intelligent marketing plan have already got them going. Small concerts are already underway in Lahore and Islamabad and one hopes they have some new music out soon. If they’re interested they could possible be great in an advertising agency, but I hope they choose to stick with guitars over billboards.

Zeerak writes full-time at “Beggar at Ghazi Chowk“ - Koolmuzone.com


COLONEL BUMBU
(Vocalist for Bumbu Sauce)

What misconceptions do people have about you?
That I care about the misconceptions they have about me.

What is the worst rumor you have heard about yourself?
“Uff tauba, did you see uss nay kitna lose weight kiya hoowa hai!?”

Any lessons learnt the hard way?
“Je tu mur ke na aya te mein jutee naal jaan lenee aa”
OR
“If you don’t turn around and come back this instant I will annihilate you with my chappal”

What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever said to you?
“AAAA! who let you in here?”

Tell us something no one knows about you?
I used to be part of a criminal gang called “Eleven-Forty” when I was younger.

What drives you: money, fame or success?
Once I have any of those things I will get a driver to drive me.

What do you fail to understand about the opposite sex?
Why they insist on being understood. It’s not happening... seriously.

What is the most important relationship advice you can give?
“Allah hee Allah kiya karo, dukh na kisee ko diya karo.”

When was the last time you kicked ass?
Bumbu Sauce show at Kuch Khaas Islamabad in January. To be fair, the crowd kicked more ass per square inch.

What do you consider your best physical asset?
My big black aviators. Also my big pink aviators.

How do you unwind?
Reading tabloids while watching cricket while eating dahee bhullay.

Have you ever done anything you shouldn’t have?
In chemistry class I one accidentally mixed the chemical Bromine with my classmate Ethoo Gaynda’s face.

Have you ever envied another person?
Yes, Bazid Khan. For his genes. What a class cover drive.

Define your sense of style.
post-retro-erotic-chic... with aviators

What is the price of success?
Athaara ruppay dharee. - Instep Magazine - The News (Pakistan)


ISLAMABAD: Marred by the fog, the cold and the feeling that the Governor of Punjab was assassinated nearby, Kuch Khaas was the venue for ‘a breath of fresh air’ for the negligible music scene in Islamabad. The two bands playing were the super energised Bumbu Sauce (who have managed to establish quite a cult following) and Malang Party (with seasoned musicians Zeeshan Mansoor and Shehzad Hameed).

Even though they have kept a low profile, Bumbu Sauce erupted on to the music scene in Pakistan. When the band members Colonel, Master, Zakoota and Jeevay Laal Bumbu took to the stage, there was an immediate stir in the crowd and one could sense the excitement and anticipation of the audience.

After a few jokes, the band started with their single “Jigger-naut” which links the Taliban with Pakistan and talks about ‘going in a van to fight the Taliban’ and also mentions the China-man with Jackie Chan. Next up was the bands most famous song “Mojambo”, which with its raw riffs and sarcastic Punjabi lyrics mixed with English one-liners got the crowd singing along and into the mood.

The band went on to play songs which are on Off the Bistee Proof EP and followed this with their rendition of Anwar Masood’s famous poem Bunnayn. While not many people in the crowd knew the meaning behind the words, the song was nevertheless very powerful and kept the audience interested and feeling the mood.

Bumbu Sauce was requested to do an encore after their set was complete and so “Mojambo” was performed once again. Ecstatic about the response, vocalist Shahan said, “This is what a home crowd is like, that was awesome.”

Next up was Malang Party and even though I did not get a single word the vocalist sung, because of hall acoustics and varying sound levels, I was to appreciated the music being played. The trippy riffs, the good grooves on the bass and the solid beat were brilliant and got the crowd tapping their feet.

Amongst his peers and music lovers, band member Zeeshan Mansoor is known as a skilled blues players and it was expected that Malang Party’s set would include guitar solos. The crowd was not disappointed as the band showed off their skill.

As stereotypes and norms would dictate, punk rock does not appeal to the masses but the crowd at Kuch Khaas had people from every age including older women (aka ‘aunties’) that were spotted in the audience.

Being a small city, the who ‘s who were in attendance from musician Arieb Azhar to a number of foreigners and local musicians who were spotted in the audience. When asked, Azhar said that the night was “brilliant and energetic” he believes that 2011 will be very good for Islamabad’s music scene.

It is safe to say that both bands rocked and brought with them the hope that things will change to improve the currently depressing music scene in Pakistan’s capital.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2011. - The Express Tribune


The punk-rock band from the capital, known for its hit single “Mojambo,” has a candid tête-à-tête with The Tribune Magazine.

Who is Bumbu Sauce?

BUMBU SAUCE: There are four of us — Colonel Bumbu for the guitars and vocals, Master Jee who plays the guitar, Jeevay Lal on the bass and Zakoota on drums.

Why the anonymity? Will the pseudonyms ever wear off to reveal your real identities?

MASTER JEE: Anonymity? Pseudonyms? Whaddiz?

ZAKOOTA: Pseudonym? Isn’t that an anti-inflammatory cream?

COLONEL: We’re out there. We are playing live shows. Then people who attend our shows put our pictures and videos up online. More than that, we command a strong presence on radio — not just songs but also interviews. We’re the opposite of anonymous. Some of our biggest influences in rock have used stage names and that’s actually pretty fun.



Bumbu Sauce is a totally new genre of punk rock, but its comical tilt makes that more difficult to define. What label would you give to your music?

COLONEL: It’s come around for us naturally and so it’s hard to define even for us. You’re right, in the Bistee Proof EP we didn’t go out to make any statements — and it turns out that is our biggest statement.

ZAKOOTA: Think of it as rock ‘n roll wearing a dhoti.

What kind of fan following do you have?

MASTER JEE: The best kind. Our fans are the ones who are as sick of the mainstream as we are.

ZAKOOTA: The loosely described “genre” of our music was different enough that it got a reaction instantly out of most people. It makes me happy to see a very diverse demographic in our fan base. If we can bring everybody together under the Bumbu Sauce flag, we’ve accomplished a fair bit.

Since Bumbu Sauce seems to follow the DIY ethic of Punk to the utter core, other than the live shows you have mentioned, how much has radio and web assisted you guys in promoting your music?

ZAKOOTA: The internet reaction was immediate and radio warmed up to it gradually, once the RJs and programme directors saw that it was the type of music that stayed with people and they wanted to hear it again. We were careful about the order in which the songs on “Bistee Proof” were released. We weren’t going to just release everything simultaneously — it had to have a pattern. I think that groomed the fans to help understand where this band was coming from.

COLONEL: Technology has been key. It’s allowed us to bypass all the formalities and get our music straight to our fans. It’s been amazing to see the response so far. Really amazing. Bistee Proof is our first EP and after the love that we’ve gotten, we can’t wait to put out an album because we know people want it. We know it because they tell us.

MASTER JEE: Web and radio have both been good.

The songs with lyrics that are a cross between Punjabi and English are more comical but “Jiggernaut”, despite its humorous lyrics, has more serious connotations. Did it reach out to global audiences?

COLONEL: Serious? Oh please … it has ninjas fighting with doggies who speak English and it involves catching fish in China. Still, it’s getting played on radio stations in New Zealand, the US, the UK, Canada … all over the place.

ZAKOOTA: Some fans have come up with some pretty interesting concepts about the song’s connotations. Take from it what you will.

MASTER JEE: We had recorded a version of that a couple of years ago and put it up on Youtube. It got a fair bit of attention back then, The New York Times, The Guardian, and what not. That kind of media attention really says a lot. All you need to do is mention the T word in a song that makes absolutely no sense, and people start taking it seriously. That wasn’t why we wrote the song, though. The song came together because we were all really, really happy that night. Just ecstatic to be in a band together. The song did pretty well, I guess. But this song like most of our music was a bolt from the blue.

Did you have inkling Punjabi Rock, and that too purely humourous rock, would be a hit with the local Punjabis? Your music had an advantage because the local who does not listen to rock for most of it is in English, can listen to you. Was that part of the plan or has it just happened?

ZAKOOTA: What Bumbu Sauce really does is share their inside jokes with their fans. We’ve all known each a very, very long time. One of us will say a word that is connected to a certain event with a certain teacher in Class 9 and we’ll be laughing our butts off for the next 10 minutes straight. Then we’ll write a song about it. Maybe it’s in Punjabi. Maybe it’s in English. Maybe it’s in both. Although I won’t deny that Punjabi lends itself rather fittingly to rock n’ roll.

MASTER JEE: It just happened. We write songs that we would enjoy playing, and listening to. That’s the only guiding principle we’ve ever had with our music. If we can enjoy playing it and listening to it, it must be good. I think that formula works.

COLONEL: It’s only when we got done recording and putting together the EP that we started thinking about people listening to these songs — groups of friends singing along to it in their bedrooms, living rooms and cars. And that’s been by far the most gratifying part of it.

What was the journey from your personified experience of music to the more professional one? What about the production of your music?

COLONEL: We’ve played together for over a decade but we all had side musical projects. It was about three years ago that Master Jee and I got together to start sketching out fresh material and took it to Zakoota and Jeevay Lal. It started coming together and we wrote some new stuff and decided to go into the recording studio. We were put in touch with Nick Blagona who is a master Buddha of sound in Canada. His studio is on a native American reservation near Toronto. The reservations in North America are exactly like our Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

ZAKOOTA: Colonel and Masterjee had some cool ideas. When all of us sat down, it really starting coming together and we knew that these tunes had to be recorded soon. We recorded at Jukasa Studios, with Nick Blagona at the helm. He did wonders with the drum sound and vocals. We ended up mastering with him as well.

What kind of criticism have you received for your music and from which quarters?

ZAKOOTA: Mostly from people who don’t understand that this type of music but our take on that is, this kind of music doesn’t have to make sense in their minds all the time. And that it doesn’t have to have a well measured out three-minute guitar solo or intricate 3x7x5 drum beats to make it sound good. It’s feel-good music man. Please relax, and chill out with us. Come on and Bumbu Jam.

MASTER JEE: Good music is good music. Who cares about criticism anyway? Definitely not a band who’s first EP is called ‘Bistee Proof’.

Have your predecessors in local rock ever sent some kind of appreciation or critique?

COLONEL: Our friends who are in the music industry have been really supportive. Arieb Azhar, Haniya Aslam, Hamza Jaffery and our peers have been great but from the old timers, no, we haven’t heard anything at all yet…

MASTER JEE: I think they’re still waiting for us to be embraced by toothpaste companies before they invest their ‘cool stock’ in us.



What are the future plans, or as it would be in the Bumbu mode, ‘whaddiz’ the scene?

ZAKOOTA: We just played DesiFest in Toronto, Canada, the largest South Asian festival in North America. The reaction was amazing — we sold out T-shirts and CDs almost instantly. Now that the Space Shuttle Atlantis has had its final lift-off, (Yes, a delay would have dealt a blow to new Bumbu material … really!) we’re all getting together in a couple weeks to hash out some new tunes. These new songs are mind-melting stuff. The band is fully in its comfort zone. Fans can expect nothing short of sheer Bumbuness. After last year’s winter tour, our fans have been waiting very patiently for some shows. We’ve got invitations from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad. I’m sure we’ll add a few more cities and we are looking to tour straight through the country in the winter of 2011/2012. We want to layer this country in Bumbu Sauce, understand? Aho!

Punked in Pakistan

Though relatively new to Pakistan, punk music first invaded Western eardrums in the late 1970s as an extension of rock music. The word ‘punk’ conjures up images of unkempt musicians wearing outrageous clothes and sporting mohawks and any number of piercings, and certainly conformity is a big no-no when it comes to Punk music. Gone are the done-to-death themes of love and heartbreak, as no Punk musician worth his mohawk will be caught dead pining for his lost love to return to him

The music industry in Pakistan saw a revival with the rise of the Vital Signs, while Junoon managed to fuse rock music with sufi lyrics. Since then, rock has been simmering, if not steaming, in Pakistan through the genre of Garage Rock or underground bands as well as fusion ventures by pop bands.

Some bands that could be classified as Garage Rock are Malang Party, a boy band which manages to “growl” adequately and play its Blues perfectly. Then there are the Qayas boys, Poor Rich Boy and Co-Ven who have managed to attract rock fans as well as the media’s interest.

But Punk has also come to Pakistan. In terms of popularity , Bumbu Sauce is the latest sensation in Pakistan’s punk scene. They sing in a language you could call Punglish (a cross between Punjabi and English) . Then there is the punk band The Kominas who have their origins in Pakistan but are stationed in Boston, US. Their music, too, is flavoured with an interesting fusion of Punjabi and English but instead of being labelled a Pakistani band, they are better known as a South Asian or ‘brown’ punk band since they have whipped in popular Bollywood songs and borrowed Naseebo Laal’s lyrics to punk them up and win fans in their Pakistani, Indian and foreign audiences.

Seemingly tired of not just mainstream music but also of norms that govern music production, Bumbu Sauce has followed the DIY ethic of Punk and has distributed music on its own through social networking websites.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, July 17th, 2011. - Express Tribune Sunday Magazine Feature


Discography

EP: Bistee Proof
Tracks: Mojambo; Bunnayn(za); My Punjabi Love (for you); Jiggernaut

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Bio

Bumb Sauce is a rock n' roll band from Islamabad, Pakistan. A long time fixture on the country's underground live music scene, Bumbu Sauce made a powerful entrance in 2009 with the release of their first recorded single "Jiggernaut" which was picked up by both The Guardian of London and The New York Times. "They combine a Stooges-like 'Search and Destroy' riff with the Taliban, kung fu and talking dog. What’s not to like?" wrote Canadian music critic Alan Cross featuring the song on ExploreMusic.

The 2010 release of "Bistee Proof," their debut EP, placed Bumbu Sauce "into a class of its own" wrote Pakistani music journalist Zeerak Ahmed. Within weeks of the release, Bumbu Sauce were named featured artists on "Friction" the UK's preeminent desi music show on the BBC Asian Network. Meanwhile songs like "My Punjabi Love" were put on rotation on BBC's alternate music station Radio 6 and "Mojambo" the band's hit track from the Bistee Proof EP remained the most requested and played song on City FM 89, Pakistan's biggest radio music station for several weeks.

Their dynamic live act and music has been variously described as "ingenious," "raw," "quirky," "irreverent," and "groovy." Pakistan's largest English news daily Dawn termed the Bistee Proof EP "a musical feast." "It’s rock music at its local best… Bumbu Sauce are here, and they taste spicier than anything that’s been on offer."

Formed in the mid 1990's when the city was still a quiet sleepy town, Bumbu Sauce began humbly when Master Jee unveiled a vision and a banged up made-in-Heera-Mandi acoustic guitar to his friends. Colonel, Zakoota and Jeevay Lal used the instrument to play one of the first shows at their high school library where the headmaster required that all fans sit still and quietly on the floor. This musical experience, and many more in the following decade - collaborations with Pakistani police officers in Lahore; speed-death-metal interludes in Toronto; a Pakistani-Danish-Colombian cover band in Las Vegas; all-acoustic male a capella in Texas - have helped shape Bumbu Sauce's unique sound.

As their hometown Islamabad transformed into the stage for global war, Bumbu Sauce began writing new material. In the summer of 2010 they traveled to the tribal areas of Ontario, Canada to record their music under the laser-sharp watch of legendary Canadian sound guru, Nick Blagona. Bistee Proof, their debut EP, was released as the band toured Pakistan in early 2011. In May 2011, they went on to play in front of several thousand people at DesiFest in Toronto Canada, which is the largest South Asian music festival in North America.

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