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Arif Lohar

Folk Singer from Lahore

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Arif Lohar is a Punjabi folk singer from Pakistan. He usually sings with a native musical instrument resembling tongs (called a 'chimta'). His folk music is representative of traditional folk heritage of the Punjab. He is the son of folk singer Alam Lohar.


Early life

Born in Lala Mussa in Gujrat District, Punjab, Pakistan, Arif Lohar started singing to explore the folk singing of Punjab, and to keep the tradition of his father alive.


Career

In 2005, he was awarded Pride of Performance Award from Government of Pakistan-the highest civil award in Pakistan. Son of Alam Lohar (another icon of Punjabi music) he started his singing career at an early age. To-date he has more than 150 albums to his credit and has recorded more than 3000 mostly Punjabi language songs. In 2006 he made headlines in the Punjabi music world by his album 21st Century Jugni, music produced, arranged and mastered by Mukhtar Sahota in Wolverhampton, UK, and was released by Internalmusic UK. Recently in June 2010 COKE STUDIO released his album Jugni COKE STUDIO. Arif Lohar has made more than 50 foreign tours around the world during the last 20 years including UK, US and UAE. He is the only south Asian artist to perform in North Korea as part of an international delegation of peace and goodwill, performing in front of the present president.
In 2004 he performed in China for the opening of the Asian Games which had a crowd of close to 1 million in the open square. Arif Lohar in the past has played lead roles in Punjabi movies also. He performed at the Wembley Arena London September 2010 to help the flood victims of Pakistan to an expected crowd of 25000 plus. He appeared in Pakistani film Jugni Nach De Aye, singing and producing three songs for the soundtrack.
In 2010 Arif Lohar participated in Coke-Studio (Pakistan live session programme by Rohail Hayat). In Coke-Studio season 3, Arif Lohar performed "Alif Allah Chambay Dey Booti/Jugni" with upcoming musician Meesha Shafi.


Discography

Alif Allah Chambe Di Bootey
Ek Pal
Bol Mitti Da
Sher Punjab Da
Soniye
Aakhian


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Performance Genre

Folk Singer from Lahore  Punjabi Singer from Lahore