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Ex-cricketer Tim May condemns ‘cancer’ at ICC after alleged vote-rigging

Players representative Tim May was reported Wednesday as condemning the “cancer” at the ICC after the former test offspinner lost his place on an International Cricket Council committee in controversial circumstances.

The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, of which May is chief executive, on Tuesday called on the ICC to investigate allegations of vote “fixing” [...]

Iran holds, questions opposition leaders’ children

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian authorities held and questioned two daughters of detained opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi and the son of fellow opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi for several hours on Monday, opposition websites reported.

Mousavi and Karoubi stood as reformist candidates in presidential elections in 2009 and became figureheads of the huge “Green movement” [...]

Iowa Straw Poll May Cease to Be Useless, Exist in 2016

In a bucking of primary-season tradition that might just fend off the Michele Bachmann of 2016, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is now floating the idea of killing the Ames Straw Poll. Since 1979, a sliver of Iowans have voted for their favorite GOP candidate the summer before the presidential caucuses, and it remains to [...]

Threat of a military solution of Iranian nuclear problem has reduced …

The threat of a military solution of the Iranian nuclear problem has reduced,?the head of the State Duma committee on international affairs Alexei Pushkov said.

?”The United States has changed its tone a bit. As you remember, a lot was said about the so-called military solution of the Iranian problem last summer,” he [...]

More than seven in 10 US teens jobless in summer

In this photo taken Thursday, June 7, 2012, Colleen Knaggs, 18, talks at her home in Flagstaff, Ariz. about her fruitless efforts to find a job. Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing. Fewer than 3 in 10 American teenagers now hold such positions as running cash registers, mowing [...]

I wish to make positive changes in society through … – The News Tribe

The News Tribe (TNT): How would you define yourself as an artist?

Maddy: I see myself as a poet describing my life experiences and events through my words. Being a rapper it?s a tricky game to use your words wisely, and I try to keep it simple for everyone to understand the message being conveyed. For me music is passion; not a hobby, not a profession.

TNT: When you started music, what were the biggest obstacles in your way and how did you manage them?

Maddy: When I started my career the biggest challenge was to establish an audience. Hip Hop/Rap is a new genre in Pakistan and I?m glad to be the pioneer to introduce it here. I?ve done more than two hundred live shows till today with my crew, Rap Engineers. Now we have more fans following than most of the mainstream musicians.

TNT: What is your inspiration?

Maddy: Well my father has been the inspiration for me since forever, to be honest. But well yeah musical inspirations include the likes of Notorious BIG, BIG L, Big Pun, NAS, DMX, Tupac, Immortal Technique, Rakim, KRS-One, Opeth, Pink Floyd, Dimmu Borgir, Porcupine Tree, Insomnium, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth, Lamb Of God, Pearl Jam, Orphaned Land, Black Label Society, NFAK, and the list goes on and on.

TNT: Share your experience of working with other musicians.

Maddy: Well, I haven?t yet made music with other artists and I?m sticking to my crew Rap Engineers at the moment. I have done concerts with many mainstream musicians like Bohemia, Ali Azmat, Strings, Qayaas, Entity Paradigm [EP] etc, and it has always been a pleasure. The seniors love this new form of music that we [Rap Engineers] introduced. ?I?m sure you guys will see me and my crew collaborating with many fellow artists in the near future as well.

TNT: Say a few lines on local music scene. What are some of the few things Pakistani music industry need to get rid off?

Maddy: Well the local music scene is very strong and competitive. However, the local and national Hip Hop scene lacks good artists at the moment; we?re just a handful guys trying to get the genre established.

Pakistani music industry needs to get rid of Plastic musicians and self centered platforms, if you know what I mean.

TNT: Tell something about your music training.

Maddy: Well, old school rap music has been my training and my life has been my training too. Rap is all about freedom of expression and expressing what you feel. I write down what I do in real life and how I feel about things around me and convey it through my music.

TNT: What is your biggest wish as an artist?

Maddy: I wish to change the world. (LOL) It might sound an absurd idea to most of the people who read this, but I wish to make positive changes in our society through my music and other social platforms. Considering that people follow me and do take what I say seriously, I consider it an obligation to help bring a positive revolution in our country and also globally.

TNT: What was the most memorable moment of your life?

Maddy: That moment is still to come I think.

TNT: You love performing solo or with a band?

Maddy: I love to perform with a band, and that too my band, RAP ENGINEERS.

TNT: ?Lastly, what is your message?

Maddy: Just want to thank my family, friends and fans for their endless support and appreciation. Moreover, I want people to believe in their dreams and themselves. No matter how hard life might be, your passion and your will decide where you stand at the end of the day. Support good music and support real music.

Source: http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/11/19/i-wish-to-make-positive-changes-in-society-through-music-maddy-khan/

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