Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan

Zulfiqar "Xulfi" Jabbar Khan (born; 28 October 1980),[1] commonly known as Xulfi,[2] is a Pakistani singer-songwriter and music producer.[3] Starting his career in 1994, Khan is the recipient of multiple awards in Pakistan.[4] He is currently working on a television series Nescafé Basement,[5] for which he is the producer and mentor. He has already produced four seasons[6] of the Basement. The fifth season started on February 2019 and received an overwhelming response across the social media. The YouTube channel of Nescafé Basement became one of the top growing Pakistani YouTube channels and from just 500 subscribers, it completed 100K subscribers in just 9 days after the release of Fifth season's first episode. Today, the number of subscribers has crossed 350K mark.

Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan (Xulfi)
ذوالفقار جبار خان
Born (1980-10-28) 28 October 1980 (age 39)
NationalityPakistani
Other namesXulfi
Alma materNational University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
OccupationSinger, Songwriter, Musician, Music Producer
Years active1996–present
Musical career
GenresRock, pop, electronic, World music
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, percussion, keyboard
LabelsNescafé Basement, Lips Music, BMN, Fire Records−Pakistan, HOM Records
Associated actsCall (band), Entity Paradigm, Nescafe Basement
WebsiteJilawatan.com/xulfi

Life and careerEdit

Khan was the composer, music producer, guitarist for Entity Paradigm (EP). Entity Paradigm was formed by Khan between 1996 and 1999 but was officially announced as a band only in 2000.[7]

He is currently the music producer, songwriter, and lead guitarist[8] for the band Call.[9][10] After the vocalist's exit from the band,[11] Xulfi continued with other projects at his studio Xth Harmonic. The band made a comeback after 3 years to produce and perform new songs for the fans.[12] Khan has always been a music fanatic and tries to come up with new ideas. He blames the lack of proper recognition of music as a separate 'industry', as the reason for its limited success.[13]

Khan has also been involved in a number of Bollywood projects[14] as composer, lyricist and producer. Some of his works include Laaree Chooti from Ek Chalis Ki Last Local in 2007,[2] Yeh Pal from Aasma in 2009,[2] Dhadke Jiya from Aalo Chaat in 2009,[2] and Kuch Aisa, Kuch Aisa (Sad Version) and Reh Jaane Do from Aao Wish Karein in 2009.[15]

Khan has produced, recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered music albums for Call's Jilawatan and Dhoom, Entity Paradigm's album Irtiqa, Jal's album Aadat, Roxen's album Rozen-e-Deewar, Inteha's album Daastaan, and Ankur Tewari's album Jannat.[16]

Singer John Newman expressed his appreciation for Khan's song "Love Me Again", which was covered on the show by an all-female band.[17] Roxette also shared Nescafe Basement's cover of their song "She's Got the Look".[18] Newman tweeted the Nescafe Basement cover version of the song "Love Me Again" and called it "dope".[19]

Xulfi is the Creative Director and Co-founder of Sync, a tech/driven experience curation company. Recently they have worked on the visual curation of Nescafé Basement's Resistance, Coca-Cola Hum Aik Hain Anthem and Fawad Khan's Uth Jaag[20] for PEPSI Battle of the Bands.[21] Xulfi has also co-founded Giraffe Pakistan,[22] a content creation company and creative hub with Muhammad Ibrahim and Sync is the subdivision of it. He acts as the Chief Creative Officer (CCO).

Brands & endorsementsEdit

Xulfi has worked with various popular brands including Nescafé Basement, Pepsi Battle of the Bands, McDonald's,[23] Coke, Peshawar Zalmi[24] and more. He produced "Hum Aik Hain" the official anthem by Coca-Cola Pakistan for 2019 Cricket World Cup.[25] This anthem featured 40 musical instruments, most of which were indigenous instruments.

Khan also produced the team anthem for Pakistan Super League team Peshawar Zalmi[26] named as Hum Zalmi[27][28][29].

Xulfi also assembled 40 drummers to create a new national song Pakistan Zindabad, which was also featured in Gulf News.[30] This song was created to revive the spirit of nationalism.[31] 40 drummers gathered at Bradlaugh Hall for this song.[32][33]

Zulfiqar joined hands with WWF Pakistan to create awareness about planting trees and released a video song Rung Do[34][35][24]. Khan termed it as more than just a song in an interview with Dawn News.[36]

For Pepsi Battle of the Bands season 2, Khan came for a reunion[37][38] with Entity Paradigm[39][40] and performed Hamesha with Fawad Khan, Ahmad Ali Butt, and the entire original lineup.[37][41][42]

Music videosEdit

 
Khan with Nescafe Basement 4 team
Music Video Album Band Year
Aghosh Iritqa EP 2003
Hamein Aazma Iritqa EP 2003
Kahan Hai Tu Iritqa EP 2003
Waqt Iritqa EP 2003
Hamesha Iritqa EP 2003
Nishaan Jilawatan Call 2003
Pukaar Jilawatan Call 2003
Shayad Jilawatan Call 2004
Sab Bhula Kai Jilawatan Call 2005
Bichar Kai Bhee Jilawatan Call 2006
Kuch Naheen Jilawatan Call 2006
Hum Se Hai Yeh Zamaana Dhoom Call 2007
Aasmaan Dhoom Call 2007
Ho Jaane De Dhoom Call 2009
Main Aisa He Hoon Dhoom Call 2011
Teri Haar Hum Dhoom Call 2017

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Release Date Album Band
October 1, 2003 Irtiqa Entity Paradigm
November 20, 2005 Jilawatan Call
January 26, 2011 Dhoom Call

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Category Title Result
Indus Music Awards
2004 Best Alternative Song Aghosh Won
2005 Best Rock Song Waqt Won
2005 Best Debut Pukaar Won
2006 Best Video Shayad Won
Lux Style Awards
2006 Best Video Irtiqa Nominated
2008 Best Song Laaree Chootee Nominated
2012 Best Album Dhoom Nominated
ARY Musik Awards
2006 Best Lyrics Shayad Nominated
2006 Best Music Producer Xulfi Nominated
2006 Best Band Award Call Band Won
2009 Best Pop Song Laaree Chootee Nominated
Geo TV Network (AAG TV)
2007 Best Song Laaree Chootee Won
Jack Daniel Awards
2010 Producer of the Year Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan Won
Radio Mirchi Awards
2011 Best Debut Singer Yeh Pal Won
Nation Sunday Plus Awards
2011 Best Music Album Nescafe Basement Won
2013 Best Music Album Nescafe Basement Won
PAS Awards Pakistan
2013 Best Hot Beverage Campaign Nescafe Basement Won
2014 Best in Media Innovation Nescafe Basement Won
International Maxus Magnets Awards
2013 Best Branded Content Nescafe Basement Won
Express Tribune Awards
2011 Best Music Show Nescafe Basement Won

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