PAKISTANI RISING STAR, FARAZ AHMED WINS BIG AT ‘THE MUSIC AGAINST CHILD LABOUR’ COMPETITION

faraz ahmed (faryad)

11th June 2021: After the successful release of his first single, rising star, Faraz Ahmed wins big at the auspicious Music Against Child Labour Competition 2021. Famous jurors for the campaign include the likes of Grammy winners, A. R. Rehman, Laura Pausini and Ralph Johnson. Ahmed’s entry, #Faryaad was written, composed and performed by the artist himself.

 

As part of the feat, Faraz Ahmed was awarded a cash prize; and the opportunity for ‘Faryaad’ to be part of the global World Day Against Child Labour event. When asked about the concept of the song, Faraz Ahmed explained, “The concept and the name were penned prior to me finding out about the competition. I was driving one day and came across a little child on the street, trying to find some shade under a tree. He wanted to enjoy his mid-day meal. Just that sight hit me so hard. He was completely stripped of childhood. It made me wonder, the kind of world we live in. We as a society have failed these little ones. We’ve taken away their right to play. Toys have been replaced by tools. It’s so inhumane. It took me time to develop the lyrics further but to date I haven’t been able to forget that image. Children are so innocent. It doesn’t matter who they are, we as people have the duty of protecting them and their rights. Imagine a world without innocence, childhood and play…already sounds like a mundane monochromatic nightmare to me.”

 

The Music Against Child Labour Initiative is a global campaign officially launched in 2013 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) together with some of the world’s greatest musicians and a number of important international music organizations. Every year the global music community is called to harness the power of music in helping combat child labour, which affects 152 million children worldwide. The competition is being run by the global youth music organization Jeunesses Musicales International in collaboration with the International Labour Organization, under the umbrella of the Music Initiative.

 

In Pakistan, Music Against Child Labour is managed by The Little Art and run in collaboration with rearts and Alhamra. The Little Art signed an MoU with Jeunesses Musicales International, the global producer of the project to promote the cause of child labour through music in Pakistan.

 

The Director of The Little Art said; “For over a decade, The Little Art has furthered the cause to talk about issues such as child labour and rights through arts. We are thrilled to be part of this global initiative by ILO, and effectively engage musicians from Pakistan to produce music for change. We will continue impacting children and raise the voice on child rights through the arts.”

 

The announcement of Faraz Ahmed’s win was officially made at the LIVE stream of the 109th International Labour Conference held on 10th June 2021. Currently Ahmed is working on more original compositions, details of which will be disclosed at a later date.

 

ABOUT FARAZ AHMED

 

After years of working behind the scenes for some of Pakistan’s biggest music platforms including Pepsi Battle of the Bands and Nescafe Basement, the self-made artist Faraz Ahmed released his first single, Raastay in 2020. From a very tender age, Ahmed understood the power of composed sound. He rigorously worked to train his ear by exposing himself to a vast variety of genres. Dedicated to keeping up with his passion for music, Ahmed kept attuned to Pakistan’s music industry via his advertising and PR career. His profession led him to build a strong grasp on the inner workings of the music industry from a macro as well as a micro level. His first single ‘Raastay’ penned 2.5 years ago is an ode to the transient nature of the inevitable journey we call life.

 

 

 

 

FARYAAD LYRICS

 

Mainai bachpun bhi khoya, Mainai fassloun ko boya

(I lost my childhood, I planted the fields)

 

Mainai jaagi hain raatain, Meraia kheat hi khilona

(I stayed up many nights, the farmlands are my toys)

 

Mujh ko sukhh na milla, Mujh ko kuch na dikha

(I never found comfort,I got nothing)

 

Ab main jaun kahan, Main toh tanha raha

(Where shall I go, I left alone)

 

Mujh ko sukhh na milla, Mujh ko kuch na dikha

(I never found comfort,I got nothing)

 

Ab main jaun kahan, Main toh tanha raha

(Where shall I go, I left alone)

 

Meri raatain saari ansso, Merai dinou main andhera

(My nights are full of tears, My days are full of darkness)

 

Meri takdeer main naa jaanai, Hai k na saweera

(I don’t know if in my fate, There is any light or hope)

 

Mujh ko sukhh na milla, Mujh ko kuch na dikha

(I never found comfort,I got nothing)

 

Ab main jaun kahan, Main toh tanha raha

(Where shall I go, I left alone)

 

Meri raatain saari ansso, Merai dinou main andhera

(My nights are full of tears, My days are full of darkness)

 

Meri takdeer main naa jaanai, Hai k na saweera

(I don’t know if in my fate, there is any light or hope)

 

Kia terai seenai main Dil hi nahy hai, Ya meri takleefain Zahir nahy hain

(Is there a heart in your chest?, Or are my hardships not visible enough?)

 

Kia terai seenai main Dil hi nahy hai, Ya meri takleefain Zahir nahy hain

(Is there a heart in your chest?, Or are my hardships not visible enough?)

 

 

 

For more details:

Facebook: @farazahmedmusic

Instagram: @farazahmedmusic

Twitter: @farazahmedmusic

YouTube: www.youtube.com/farazahmedofficial

Hashtag: #FarazAhmed  #MusicAgainstChildLabour #Rearts #Littleart #Alhamra #ILO #FarazAhmedXMusicAgainstChildLabour

 

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