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What do you know about Nazia Hassan?

Nazia Hassan began her singing career when she was only a little child of ten years old, and it would ultimately make her a household name throughout South and Southeast Asia. After that, she and her brother, Zoheb Nazia Hassan, sold more than 65 million CDs.

Her singing career spanned 15 years, and throughout that time, Nazia Hassan became a well-known figure in Pakistan. She was given Pakistan’s highest civilian honor, the Pride of Performance Award, for her outstanding achievements. In recognition of her contributions to charitable causes and her job as a singer, she was appointed the cultural ambassador for UNICEF in 1991. 

Nazia Hassan made her debut as a vocalist by recording the song “Aap Jaisa Koi” for the first time in the 1980 Indian film Qurbani. This performance was the beginning of her career. She is still the youngest winner in the history of the Filmfare Awards, having won at the age of 15, thanks to the tune’s popularity, which made her the first Pakistani to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. Her debut album, Disco Deewane, was the most successful Asian pop record released in 1981 and made it into the charts in fourteen different nations. The album’s English-language tune “Dreamer Deewane” drove her to the top of the British charts, making her the first Pakistani musician ever to achieve this feat.

Following the debut of her album Boom Boom in 1982, which provided the soundtrack for the film Star (1982), Nazia Hassan followed it up with the albums Young Tarang in 1984 and Hotline in 1987. It was part of a drive to dissuade the use of drugs that she released a CD in 1992 named “Camera Camera.” On several occasions, she appeared alongside her renowned brother in movies and television shows. In the film Sung Sung, released in 1988, she acted with the legendary musician Sohail Rana. It was also the location of Shoaib Mansoor’s Music ’89, the first live performance to include popular music. Her fame greatly impacted the growth of the Pakistani pop music industry during her time there. 

Nazia Hassan, who was just 35 when she died on August 13, 2000, from lung cancer in London, battled the disease for many years. After three days of declining health, she was taken to the North London Hospice in London. The day before she passed away, she had shown some improvement, leading physicians to hope they might send her home.

The following morning, at 9:15, her daughter began coughing violently, and her mother, Muniza, was brought to the hospital. Within minutes, she was no longer with us. Nazia was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium and then buried in London’s Hendon Cemetery (Muslim Section) following Islamic tradition.

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