Acclaimed guitarist, songwriter Aamir Zaki passes away

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KARACHI: Renowned Pakistani songwriter and guitarist Aamir Zaki passed away on Friday. He was aged 49.

According to reports, he died of cardiac arrest, the musician’s family confirmed, adding that he was ailing for quite some time.

Born in Saudi Arabia in 1968, Zaki started playing the guitar at age 14.

He was first discovered by musician Alamgir when he was aged 16. Zaki toured extensively with Alamgir, playing a ‘Flying V’ guitar that he built himself. Zaki was known to make his own guitars through his career.

Zaki also toured with Vital Signs, before being asked to leave the band. He then launched into a solo career.

Aamir Zaki’s debut album, Signature, was released in 1994 and it became quite a hit. He was awarded a Soundcraft Gold Disc for the album, It was from this album that his most recognized solo song ‘Mera Pyaar’ became a hit.

The ace guitarist made his much-awaited debut on Coke Studio in 2014. The elusive Zaki spent much of his career collaborating with other musicians.

He will be remembered as one of the finest jazz, blues and rock’n’roll guitar players to have come out of Pakistan.

Musicians, celebrities and writers across the country expressed their condolences over the sad demise of legendary musician.

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