Breaking Musical Boundaries introduces two ground-breaking Pakistani rap artists, both of whom showcase lyrics in Balochi and Urdu. Rappers Baloch Zombie and Eva B share their individual journeys into hip-hop and talk candidly about the obstacles they faced from within their families. The musicians also discuss the creative inspiration they find in their hometown of Lyari, a locality of Karachi which struggles with media misrepresentation; through their lyrics, Eva B and Baloch Zombie are rewriting the Lyari narrative.

Baloch Zombie was inspired to pursue hip hop and rap after discovering Grandmaster Flash. Using Balochi and Urdu, Baloch Zombie writes about corruption, politics and poverty.

Eva B works under a pseudonym and uses her lyrics to raise issues of unemployment, peace, child marriage and education. Eva B rose to fame with her remake of ‘Apna Time Ayega’ from Bollywood’s Gully Boy which led to her nickname ‘gully girl’. At the Lux Style Awards 2019, she was invited to perform with Momina Mustehsan.

Khalid Malik is a radio presenter for FM91 Pakistan. As a television producer and presenter, he has worked on travelogues and entertainment shows. Khalid has also starred in a number of popular Pakistani dramas and hosted a Sydney based chat show called Chalo Australia.

Producers of the Future: From Keighley to Karachi is a ground-breaking international collaboration between Bradford Literature Festival, UK, and Adab Festival in Pakistan, with the aim of developing female talent and leadership in the arts and culture sector.

The development programme featured 10 women selected from Pakistan and Bradford who collaborated digitally to produce a series of online events. Follow the links below to view the videos they produced.