Sajjad Ali’s daughter, Zaw Ali, made her mainstream singing debut with her father in the sad ballad ‘Ronay Na Diya’ on the Coke Studio stage, and with that, joined an elite group of young singers that made it on the Coke Studio stage. Will she make it as big as some of those singers after Coke Studio ends?
The Coke Studio has been a platform for the promotion of several artists the years. Last year, Momina Mustehsan went from a on-again-off-again singer to one of the hottest commercial properties of the last year, all thanks to her role in ‘Afreen Afreen’. The same can be said of Asim Azhar and Sara Haider. Zaw Ali is slightly different than these guys in one respect- her father is one of the most legendary names in Pakistani music, one of the first to make the successful stride across the border, and someone who mastered the art of pop-music in Pakistan.
It is clear that Zaw Ali has a decent voice, and the way her raags are in tune with the melodies just goes to show how much she must have worked with her father on them. But, there is more to Zaw than just her singing. She is a filmmaker, film-critique and film-journalist. Her obsession for film can evidently be seen on her Instagram account as well.
As far as her filming projects go, in the mainstream, she really has made some strides. She seems to have taken up the role of directing all her fathers music videos. She directed Sajjad Ali’s 2016 release ‘Nakhun‘, which did not turn out to be a hit, though, but did show Zaw’s metal behind the camera. She also directed her father’s collaboration with Bohemia on ‘Tamasha’.
Zaw resides in the UAE with her father and the rest of her family, and was ever present at the PSL. There is absolutely no doubting where her affiliations lie.
She has traveled the world often found herself to be in some very, very elite company, and she seems to always make sure she makes most of her opportunities..
Only time will tell whether Zaw’s debut on the Coke Studio can lead her to follow her father’s footsteps, but what it has shown is that that she is versatile, talented, and has all the ingredients to become successful. All the best, Zaw!