Zain Ali is a Pakistani tabla player and singer, who made highlights after coming to a Pakistani live music television series Coke Studio in 2022.
Zain Ali was born on Thursday, 28 May 1992 (age 29 years; as of 2022) in Lahore, Pakistan. His zodiac sign is Gemini. Zain pursued his schooling at Shaheen Cambridge school, Karachi, Pakistan.
Later, he got graduated from Punjab College Campus Muslim Town, Lahore. He is the grandson of Late Ustad Haji Rehmat who performed for 40 years with the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Parents & Siblings
Zain belongs to a qawwal family. His family was in qawwali for the last hundred years. Zain Ali’s grandfather, Ustad Haji Rehmat Ali, was a violinist who performed with the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Zain Ali’s late father Zakir Naeem Abbas Naeem (06 April 1963 – 19 June 2013) was a government employee and was also into music for spiritual reasons.
His father became a Zakir and wrote poems, composed music for religious purposes.
Zain’s younger brother, Zohaib Ali, is also a singer. Zain and Zohaib are doing qawwali for the last many years. They have a qawwali group with ten qawwali band members.
Zain started playing music on utensils from the age of four. At the age of nine, Zain got a tabla and when he turned twelve he joined tabla classes. Zain got his first break in music with his maternal uncle, who is also a singer, composer, and music director.
In 2016, Zain Ali performed with Zaryab Sultan in the song, Gorakh Dhanda, in Nescafe Basement season 4. He dedicated the song, Gorakh Dhanda, to his late grandfather. In 2019, Zain and his brother, Zohaib Ali, performed in Nescafe basement season 5 with their own composed song, Haiderium- a qawwali for the ages. Zain and Zohaib Ali are well known for their qawwali songs.
In 2022. Zain Ali along with his younger brother Zohaib Ali came to Coke studio in season 14 as Zain Zohaib Qawwals.
Zain performed in Dubai in 2016, South Africa, Gujrat on 17 September 2021, and in Moga, Punjab.
- Zain Ali on talking about his childhood said that he is listening to qawwali songs from the age of two. Zain and his brother, Zohaib, would go with their grandfather to attend the qawwali shows.
- In an interview, Zain Ali said that once he played the tabla at his younger brother, Zohaib Ali’s birthday party in front of several respected musicians of his grandfather’s time.
- According to Zain, after his father’s demise, he kept himself away from music as he was in abrupt shock however after his mother’s motivation he took interest in music again.
- In an interview, Zain revealed that one of his classmates who was the vocalist of the song, Gorakh Dhanda, helped him to get in Nescafe basement season 5.
- Zain Ali on talking about his career success said that the platforms like Nescafe basement and coke studio gave him and his group more identification.
- Zain Ali’s father wanted Zain not to pursue a career in music however once Zain’s father attended Zain’s show and after watching his performance he allowed him to continue his career in music.
- Zain Ali considers his grandfather as his mentor.
- Zain Ali has a cat whose name is Simba.
- Zain Ali in an interview said that he usually practices four to five hours every day.
- In an interview, Zain Ali expressed his desire to perform in India and also to learn from the Indian artists.
- Zain Ali and his brother, Zohaib Ali, also got an opportunity to perform and mesmerize the International audience with their soulful voice in an event named, RamKatha, which was held in Gujrat in 2021.
- In an interview with Coke Studio, when Zain Ali was asked about his real magic; he replied “Qawwali”.
- In 2020, Zain and Zohaib Ali’s self-composed song named Haiderium was nominated for the Lux Style Awards.
- According to Zain, he and his brother, Zohaib Ali, grew up watching musicians like Ustad Dildar Hussain and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who gave them the strength of music at a very early age.