Zulfikar Jabbar Khan is a Pakistani musician and producer. He produced Coke Studio Season 14 in 2022. He composed the 5th Pakistan Super League anthem “Tyar Hain Hum”. He is the founder of the production company “Giraffe Pakistan”.
Zulfikar Jabbar Khan was born on Tuesday, 28 October 1980 (age 43 years; as in 2023) in Lahore, Pakistan. Their zodiac sign is Scorpio. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences in Lahore.
During his college days, he fell and suffered from a slipped disc which left him bedridden for two months; He claims that when he composed music on his computer it was a life-changing experience for him. In an interview he said
In those two months of being bedridden, I made an entire instrumental album, it was called The Lifeless Journey and I called myself Silence. Because silence was all I could feel.”
It was in college where he met actor and singer, Fawad Khan, rhythm guitarist, Hassan Khalid and drummer, Waqar Khan and formed a band called Paradigm.
Height (Approx): 5′ 10″
Hair Color: Black
Eye colour: black
parents and siblings
There is not much information about his parents or siblings.
wife and children
There is not much information about his wife and children.
He has worked on many Bollywood projects. She sang the song “Laari Chuthi” for the film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local in 2007. He was the singer of the song “Dhadke Jiya” from the film Aloo Chaat and the song “Yeh Pal” from the film Aasma in 2009. In 2009, he wrote several songs like “Kuch Aisa, Kuch Aisa (Sad Version)” and “Reh Jaane Do” from the film Aao Wish Karein.
In 2022, he produced Pakistani Season 14 of Coke Studio under his production company Giraffe Pakistan, which is famous for songs like Tu Jhoom, Pasoori and Phir Milenge. At the launch of Coke Studio Season 14 he said
Artistic, talented, progressive – if we get our powers together, we’re amazing. For me, Coke Studio can open people’s hearts to Pakistan.”
He has been a part of music bands like Entity Paradigm and Call. In Entity Paradigm Band, Ahmed Ali Butt, Hassan Khalid, Salman Albert, Sajjad Ali Khan and Fawad Khan were the other members and composed one album Iritka; Which included songs like Always, Waqt, Kahan Hai Tu etc. in 2003.
In 2003, he joined the rock band “Call”, Junaid Khan and Sultan Raja were the other members of the band. He has made two albums, Jilavatan (2005) and Dhoom (2011). The soundtracks created under this band were featured in the Bollywood films Aloo Chaat, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local and Aasma. He has also composed the patriotic songs “Humse Hai Yeh Zamana” and “Aasmaan”. He has composed many albums like Inteha’s album Dastaan and Ankur Tiwari’s album Jannat.
He reunited with the band Entity Paradigm and performed in Pepsi Battle of the Bands season two.
music for brands
Zulfikar Jabbar Khan has worked with various brands and written songs for the brands. He produced the 2019 Cricket World Cup anthem “Hum Ek Hain” by Coca-Cola Pakistan. He produced the team anthem “Hum Zalmi” for Pakistan Super League team Peshawar Zalmi. She made a video song “Rang Do” to spread awareness about planting trees in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature- Pakistan. Zulfi composed and produced the official PSL anthem named “Tayar Hain” for the 5th edition of the Pakistan Super League. The song featured Haroon, Asim Azhar, Ali Azmat and Arif Lohar. The song received heavy criticism from listeners, especially on social media.
contribution pakistani music
He has not only contributed to Pakistani music by creating songs, but he has also created a television music series “Nescafe Basement”, through which many new music bands have been introduced. In the fourth season of Nescafe Basement, they brought ten girls to compose a cover of John Newman’s “Love Me Again” in 2016: this was the first all-girl band in Pakistan. Jabbar said in an interview with The Express Tribune
Ten months ago I heard the song on the radio. I immediately thought that a group of girls should sing it. The song had the same liveliness. As soon as I heard her play, I decided I would totally go with a girl group. We had to prepare them and I acknowledge the role of our male players who always helped. Everyone is sharing it. Newman did it himself! Nothing can be bigger than this!”
He formed an all-kids band that made a cover of the song “Pyar Diyaan Gallan” in the Nescafe basement.
Stealing the Melody for Coke Studio Season 14
20-year-old female artist Nirmala Maghani claimed that Zulfikar Jabbar Khan stole her tune for the song “Tu Jhoom” from Coke Studio Season 14 and sent her a legal notice of Rs 100 million, claiming the copyright of the song. According to reports, she claimed that she had sent the sample audio to Zulfikar Jabbar Khan on WhatsApp, from which he stole the tune and changed the lyrics to create the song. In an interview he said
After listening to the song I kept calling Zulfi and after a day she finally replied saying ‘I haven’t even downloaded your audio file,’ which is not true as all my messages were received with blue ticks. ‘
Zulfikar Jabbar Khan said in an interview with The Express Tribune
I am grateful and humbled to receive requests from many talented artists for collaborations from all over Pakistan, as have many producers before me. However, I cannot say that my work for Coke Studio is borrowed from such shared samples that I received. I hope I will have the privilege of hearing Nirmala Manghani’s songs in person and possibly get a chance to come together for further collaborations: Our young talented artists across Pakistan are our future.
- Zulfikar Jabbar Khan’s other name is “Zulfi” by which he is famous among his fans.
- He was the music producer and mentor for Nescafe Basement seasons 1 to 5.
- Zulfikar Jabbar Khan became the first Pakistani musician to be endorsed by soundproofing company Vicoustic in August 2020.
- He is a dog lover and has a dog named Renzo.
- He has a collection of guitars which includes brands like Revelation RJT-60.
- He calls himself a Potterhead because he is a fan of the Harry Potter series.
- He has won the ARY Music Award and Sindhu Music Award for his compositions.
- In 2009, she was nominated for Radio Mirchi Awards for the song “Yeh Pal” from the film Aasma.