ABOUT ZOE

In her life, Zoe Viccaji has always been surrounded by and drawn to music and performance. Her journey so far has been one of constant learning which has grown her interest in music into a passion and now an art.

Her pursuit to fulfil her dream has always come naturally; from putting up skits with her siblings in their living room as children, to playing her mothers guitar as a teenager, then onwards to college to perform with the school choir. After 5 years abroad she returned to Pakistan to start making music and performing professionally. In Pakistan we have seen and heard Zoe in many places. On Coke Studio at first as a backing vocalist and then a featured artist; with Strings for Levi’s collaborating on a reinterpretation of their well loved song Mera Bichra Yaar; in commercial campaigns for Warid, Aquafina, Clear Shampoo;  on original soundtracks for Tanhaiyaan, Josh the Film and Seedlings and as brand ambassador for Sana Safinaz. She has performed at close to 100 concerts nationwide and her live performances have also been enjoyed in musical theatre productions; Chicago and Mamma Mia.

The word ‘dareeche’ means windows and this album is a look inside the many life events that inspired these songs. Recording and producing the album with Shahi Hasan in Pakistan and Universal Music in India has been a tremendous experience. Now with the album is ready to be shared and a whole new journey begins, one that her fans can sing along with.

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Ashiqi Angar brought Chitrali music to the fore

MARCH 2016: While working on a project together, singer-songwriter Zoe Viccaji and actor-director Adnan Malik came across 25-year-old Irfan Ali Taj whose vocal abilities and slick playing of the rubab and guitar left them more than impressed. Months later, Viccaji and Taj were ready to put out their first ever collaboration together, Ashiqi Angar.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Taj said the song was written by a fellow Chitrali songwriter, Mir Saleem, who is part of Taj’s former band, QashQarian. “The song really is the first to come out from the plains of Chitral into the mainstream. It has brought our music to the fore,” he said. The Urdu lyrics have been penned by Abdullah Haroon and Viccaji can be seen crooning to the lines in the video.

With the Chitrali and Urdu lyrics both alluding to a longing for the beloved and the composition deriving heavily from folk music of the highlands, the video has ironically been filmed at a beach somewhere along the coastal part of Pakistan. Viccaji said the video, directed by Junaid Mustafa, was conceived on a shoestring budget. “On the other hand, the response it has received is amazing,” she said. Viccaji has every reason to believe Taj will soon make it big. “He has put in genuine effort. His heart is in the right place. I am sure more great songs will be coming out from his end.” The song has been produced by musician Mubashir Admani.

According to Taj, the song delves into two different philosophies. “The Chitrali lines signify the concept of ishq-e-majazi whereas the Urdu lyrics denote ishq-e-haqiqi. The song talks about how love does not kill you but makes you stronger, making you capable of achieving bigger things in life,” he said.

The upcoming musician feels very strongly about the literary tradition of his part of the world. He plans on reviving classical poetry inked by writers from Gilgit and Chitral through his music. “Not only do I want to highlight the struggle of these people but also to underscore the historical importance of the region.” Taj said he wants others to see Chitral the way he has seen it.

With Ashiqi Angar already out, Taj is currently working on forming another band called Siachen. He has plans of releasing another single,Teri Talash, in which he will experiment with dhol, shehnai and other Eastern instruments. In his own words, it is a “masterpiece in the making”.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2016.

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DAREECHE WINS AWARDS IN BOTH INDIA & PAKISTAN

Zoe Viccaji’s debut album bagged two awards on both sides of the border!

Dareeche was awarded Best Mixed Album at the Indian Recording Arts Awards on May 30th in 2015. The pretegious IRA Awards focus on bringing to light under-appreciated technical expertise in music, and in particular recognising the work of independent artists. Zoe took to Facebook to acknowledge and celebrate the win:
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Later in the year Zoe Viccaji bagged another big win at the Lux Style Awards for Best Album in Pakistan, and returned with her first LSA trophy, after being nominated three times in previous years.

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ZOE VICCAJI ON HER ALBUM RELEASE

Karachi-based singer/songwriter, Zoe Viccaji, is most well known as the playback singer for the band that supported the internationally acclaimed Coke Studio, Pakistan. Born to a Parsi father and a Christian mother, Zoe started writing and singing her own songs as early as the age of 15. 

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zoeviccagig@gmail.com


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Manager Ali Umair:  (+92)3213660254