Posted: 21 July 2005 at 6:42am
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Zoheb though gives a song that perhaps is his most memorable songs, 'Zera Chehra To Dekhao'. The song has a video that fully captivates and mesmerizes audiences, with Zoheb's beautiful voice, it's composed by Zoheb himself and it is a very melodious song. In 'Ashanti' Zoheb gives the message of peace. Nazia's 'Kya Hua' is a great song, talking about her heart broken in love and how she wonders if it was the truth or a bad dream. Many great songs are from 'Young Tarang'.
This duo had a distinct art of performing as well, though they weren't allowed to dance on stage by the government, Nazia swayed and performed actions by her hands, while Zoheb tapped his feet and made his hand actions stand out by wearing fingerless gloves. In 1987 Nazia and Zoheb released 'Hotline' in which Nazia sang her song 'Telephone Pyar' and Zoheb sang the very beautiful song 'Soja Meri Jaan'. Both these songs featured playback voices by their younger sister. From 'Hotline' the song 'Teri Yaad' was sung beautifully by Nazia, the song used many metaphors to describe life.
Three years after the release of 'Hotline' neither Nazia, nor Zoheb, no family member, and certainly none of the millions of fans would be prepared for what was happened. It was a shock for everyone who knew Nazia, it for the first time fans were not in awe they were sad. Nazia had contracted cancer. She did not want to do the duo's last album 'Camera Camera' but Zoheb had convinced her to do it. So then Nazia along with Zoheb embarked on the expedition to produce their last tunes, last compositions and record their last songs. The cancer weighed on Nazia, but nevertheless it did not affect her voice or popularity. Everyone loved her.
Meanwhile Nazia and Zoheb had set up an N.G.O called Battle Against Narcotics (B.A.N), which dealt with people using drugs and also educated people about the dangers of drugs.
Nazia's cancer was dealt with treatment, she had gotten better, and started working in the UN. It was not that years later after she had gotten married, that after her son was born cancer returned to haunt her life. Nazia's marriage was an unsuccessful affair, she had a very depressing marriage and her divorce was completed on August, 10, 2000 exactly three days before her death on August, 13, 2000. Once again Nazia fan's, family were shocked. This time the shock was deeper, it was a tragic end to a life, fan's still pay tributes to Nazia every day. May Nazia's soul rest in peace. The most fitting words for Nazia's family on the time of the deep sorrow of her death would have been the lyrics from Zoheb's song "Muskuraye Ja" those words would have been and are for everyone.
In March 2002 Zoheb and Biddu organized a tribute for Nazia. The show took place on the Gymkhana cricket ground in Karachi and more than 5000 people were there. Zoheb got married in 1998 to Gina and they have a daughter. Zoheb also, has been given a UNA award for his efforts in promoting peace etc. in Karachi through festivals he organized.
Twenty-Three years ago in 1980 was when Nazia and Zoheb's first album Disco Dewayne came out. They spent twelve years singing hit after hit. In 1989 they hosted music programs. In 1992 Nazia and Zoheb had paved away to let others into the limelight. Around that time Nazia had contracted cancer, and both the brother and sister wanted a break from music. Their music videos still went on air but not as much as when the duo was singing. They still were some what mentioned when the topic music came up. Interviews appeared in newspapers and sometimes on T.V.
It has almost been three years since Nazia passed away but two days in a year there is a special mention of her, on April 3 and August 13.
Zoheb still composes and sometimes sings songs for an album that features various artists. But clearly even after 23 years their hits sound great. Zoheb and Nazia's music videos are still aired on T.V frequently, especially Zera Chehra To Dekhao by Zoheb and Nazia's Aankheiy Milanay Waley.