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We shouldn’t lead Hadia to think she’s the next Abida Parveen: Xulfi

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Nescafé Basement started off with a bang as two tracks from its fifth installment were revealed last week. Promising to showcase the young, raw talent of Pakistan, Xulfi brought forward 73 artists of different genres. One of them was eight-year-old Hadia Hashmi.

The fifth grader was lauded and loved by everyone for her strong vocals. So much so, that she was compared to the legendary Sufi singer Abida Parveen.

To this, the producer of the show, Xulfi, took to social media requestiong everyone to not put such ideas in Hadia’s mind. “This is a personal and humble request to everyone. Let’s not put this in Hadia’s mind that she’s the next Abida Parveen. Let her find her own person,” he wrote.

Xulfi added, “I regard the sentiment that talks about this connection and I respect it. After all, Abida Jee is one of the best artists our country has produced. But for the kid’s sake, I feel it’s important to not put definite goals in her head at this tender age. Thank you.”

And we completely agree with him. Given her young age, it’s not fair on Hadia to make her decisions for her. Having said that, we definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more of her in the upcoming episodes of the music show.

The Express Tribune