Who will win the battle: Kashmir or Badnaam?
KARACHI: The journey which started seven weeks ago, with about 100 bands finally came down to the final two last Sunday. The Pepsi Battle of the Bands jury selected Badnaam and Kashmir as the top two bands of Pakistani music.
With the winner to be decided through public voting, the two bands clashed in the latest episode of Battle of the Bands. Both bands performed a medley as well as an original song to impress the judges and the audience, to leave one final lasting impression and get the fans to vote for them.
In the second round, both bands performed their originals. Badnaam went with a kalaam Kalyaan Ishq, originally written by Bulleh Shah, and Kashmir performed Kaaghaz Ka Jahaaz. In what was only the second one in the entire season of Battle of the Bands, the band received a standing ovation for their original track (and a hug by Atif).
Badnaam has that gritty, unique and raw, animal energy about them; their presence and the way they command the stage is unparalleled. It may be a radical opinion, but I feel an artist, a writer or a musician must have that superior attitude about him or her, at least for the duration of the performance. He or she must make me feel why they belong on the stage and why I should be honored to listen to them.
The final episode of Battle of the Bands airs this Sunday. Who will win the battle: Kashmir or Badnaam?