Published on 08 Sep 2016 | 3 months ago
Momina Mustehsan is a Pakistani singer and songwriter. As of July 2016 she was 23 years old and lived in New York City. She became famous in Pakistan as a co-singer and writer in Farhan Saeed's single "Pee Jaun" then recorded a song "Sajna" in Junoon's album Junoon 20, and went onto playback for band Soch in Indian film Ek Villain that earned her further acclaim and recognition.
In 2016, Mustehsan marked her Coke Studio debut as a featured artist in season 9, where she performed a rendition of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Afreen Afreen", with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and received critical appraisal. Following her debut, she became one of the most sought-out media personalities in Pakistan over internet, and has been continuously trending on twitter. The song became one of the most viewed songs of Coke Studio.
In 2004, Momina recorded her first cover of Irish singer Damien Rice's song "The Blower's Daughter" despite having no musical trainings and background she was praised at that time.
At Junoon's twentieth anniversary, Mustehsan recorded a song "Sajna" for their album Junoon 20 in Volume I, the song was written by Ali Azmat and was a bonus track on album. In 2014, she recorded a song "Awari" for Pakistani band Soch who approached her, without telling her that they are going to use the song in Indian film Ek Villain, she explained, "I was approached by Soch and they wanted me to feature on their track without disclosing what it was for," she recorded the song in her university dorm, "It was an extremely casual process and I never met anyone in person. I recorded the song on my own in New York. The contract was signed after the track had been lined up for release,." On her future ventures she said, "I'm always working on new pieces. Music is a passion for me and not a profession. I have plenty of time on my hands … I might be working on a Pakistani project later this year. It's something that I am excited about." In 2015, she appeared in 3rd episode of Nescafe Basement season 3, where she re-sung her first song, "Pee Jaun", which was liked and followed by many on Youtube.
In 2016, Mustehsan recorded her first song "Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai" for a Pakistani film Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai, and marked her Coke Studio debut as a featured artist in season 9 later that year. She became the first artist on Coke Studio to have a three debut songs. Her first song was released under team Faakhir, alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan broke all previous Coke Studio records by accumulating over 2.5 million views in one day, and went onto garnered 6.1 million views in as of August 29, 2016 on YouTube, and over 6.5 million views on Facebook where the song originally released prior to it television onair. She has also performed under music directors Noori singing a duet with Junaid Khan, as well as under Shuja Haider. Commenting on her Coke Studio success she said, "it was very overwhelming for me because these are classics I am singing with very well-known singers. For me it was a great honour. I was also very nervous - I never get nervous for anything. But I got appreciated a lot once the songs were recorded.
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