Adel Farooq as made a name for himself in Pakistan and India with his exquisite singing skills in Urdu/Hindi. His album ‘Daastaan’, along with numerous other singles are top notch and hits in themselves. He derives influences from legendary singers such as Kishore Kumar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sonu Nigam, to name a few. He has some melodic Pakistani covers and singles such as ‘Sang mujhe dil se na bhulana’ that one can’t stop humming to.
In simple terms when it comes to the entertainment side of things, it’s been a little horrendous. When he had sung for audiences, the feedback has always been positive. But he had always struggled with getting airplay on radio. Very few Hindi stations have played my songs. He had called up stations saying “Listen, I’m an Emirati singing in your language. he is the only one that does it; there’s no other Arab doing it”. But he is always told that they only play blockbusters or music by artists from their own social circles. It’s been a constant struggle.
He had kept working my day jobs, from banking to events, but along the way he had also performed with the top lot of Bollywood including Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, KK as well as the Pakistani band Strings. But he doesn’t feel like he had been given enough exposure. He did a cover of the song Teri Meri Kahaani, and the composer loved it. People were telling me it was better than the original and even my friend Farah Khan was promoting it on her social media pages. But he believes local artists need more support in order to gain recognition. There is so much talent here, from all nationalities, and they need to be given the chance to showcase their work.
His plan is to keep singing, and now that he had tasted blood with acting, He would love to take it up further. He is looking forward to exploring opportunities.