The Day She Left - Amir Zaki by MobinKhan published on 2014/05/03 17:19:19 +0000 Amir Zaki - The Guitar Maestro ! He is known for his uniquely melodic phrasing, feel, and tone. His debut album Signature was released in 1995, and Zaki was awarded a gold disc by Soundcraft UK for it. Signature was primarily an instrumental album with two English and one Urdu song. His second CD release Rough Cut was an English album, with a Tabla and six string bass Rhythm section, featuring Hadiqa Kiyani on vocals. Zaki started playing music at the age of eight on the piano. He started playing the drums at eleven and an alto saxophone at twelve and finally found his permanent instrument (the guitar) as a gift from his father on his thirteenth birthday. He formally taught himself, using method books by Dan Morgan and Fredrik Noad. He started jamming with a drummer soon and formed the band Drug Enforcement. They played their first show at Rangoonwala Hall where they scandalized the audience by doing covers of The Who, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. After just one year of playing, Zaki played brilliantly, and that was when the audience got their first taste of his unique talent. Zaki taught himself Western Classical Guitar from a book, and debuted on national television at the age of 17. Zaki's grandfather used to play an Ik Tara (an ethnic one string instrument), and left home for a life of solitude forever. Aamir's father was a music connoisseur, and it was his music collection that laid the foundation of Aamir Zaki's music.