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Mufti Menk calls Pakistan’s tea ‘number one’

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Renowned Zimbabwean Islamic scholar Mufti Menk visited flood-hit areas in Pakistan to highlight the plight of the flood victims and raise funds. However, that’s not all that he spoke about during his visit to Pakistan. While on his way to the affected areas in Sindh, the scholar stopped at a chai dhaba and declared it the “number one” tea in the world.

On Monday, he uploaded a video on his Instagram of him enjoying tea at a stopover while travelling to Sindh. “MashaAllah we are having some super Madina tea on a highway in Pakistan. We stopped on the side at this beautiful place. It’s an amazing experience, lovely culture, amazing people, and this tea MashaAllah no.1,” he says in the clip.

Another video uploaded on his gram sees him with his face covered in a mask. “Undercover in Pakistan?” he captioned it while describing how the mask helped him enjoy the experience of sitting at a dhaba without being recognised by the public.
 

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Tea aside, Menk’s Instagram grid is full of videos and images from his trip to Pakistan as he describes the catastrophic effects of floods as “unimaginable”. He wrote, “Please do whatever you can with any reliable charity or partner for those affected. We will have to assist for the next few YEARS.”
 

The Islamic scholar, who has millions of followers on various social media platforms, said he visited parts of Sindh with just one intention “to reach out by delivering some aid and creating further awareness about the plight of the millions who’ve been affected by the devastating floods”.

He also sent his apologies and love to his followers in the country for not being able to go anywhere besides the flood-hit areas. “Please forgive me for not being able to entertain any unrelated meetings, visits or invitations. I made no exceptions. I love you all!” he added.



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CS reimagines Queen’s iconic song with Eva B and Karakoram

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Coke Studio has reimagined the iconic Queen track A Kind of Magic featuring the Pakistani artist Eva B, and Pakistani band Karakoram, stated a press release. 

International artists Ari Lennox, Griff, Tesher, Mariah Angeliq, Tems, TRI.BE and Ekin Beril have also released their unique versions of A Kind of Magic for the launch of Coke Studio Global. The core of the platform is the belief that our differences make the world a richer place in which to live – and that real magic happens when we come together through shared experiences, both digitally and in real life. 

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The song was originally written by the band’s drummer Roger Taylor, as an ode to lead singer Freddie Mercury’s “terrifically fertile brain” and described his creative process as “a kind of magic”. 

The rendition is arranged and produced by Zulfiqar (Xulfi) Jabbar Khan and Sherry Khattak, mastered by Dave Kutch of The Mastering Palace, and is captured beautifully by ace director Kamal Khan.

This year’s Coke Studio 14 was a mad mash-up of Gen-Z soloists and the grandmasters that lit the way. This year’s reboot also embraced the bond between music, aesthetics and attitude. Each of the thirteen songs came with a unique video, created by some of Pakistan’s most progressive directors including Kamal Khan, Murtaza Niaz, Jamal Rahman and Coke Studio veteran Zeeshan Parwez.

With Pakistan’s premium live sound expert Ishaq Nazir and sound tech squad that included Sherry Khattak and Turaab Khan in pivotal roles, the result was a confessional season wrapped in delicious visuals and sound. It was all held together by visionary collaborators like Abdullah Siddiqui, ActionZain, Talal Qureshi, Adnan Dhool, Arsalan Hasan and Rovalio. Fusing them all together was the masterstroke of Xulfi and Coke Studio.

This is the era of Pakistan’s self-actualisation, and as Pakistan’s biggest cultural export, Coke Studio knows it. “Artistic, talented, progressive – if we get our powers together, we are amazing,” Xulfi said. He added, “For me, Coke Studio can open peoples’ hearts to Pakistan.”

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Soccer’s Mourinho got rapping talent in Stormzy’s new song

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LOS ANGELES:

AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho has come up with some memorable quotes in his career but he probably never thought his words would one day turn into lyrics for a British rapper.

Stormzy released his new song Mel Made Me Do It on Friday, which includes what the Portuguese coach said in 2014 when his Chelsea side lost 1-0 at Aston Villa after Mourinho and two of his players were sent off.

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“I prefer really not to, not to speak, If I speak I am in, in big trouble,” Mourinho is heard saying after Stormzy says “I prefer not to speak like I’m Jose.”

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United manager joined Stormzy in the music video released with the song, in which the rapper, his crew and the Portuguese are seen doing Mourinho’s signature silence gesture with a finger to their lips.

“Was great fun doing this cameo for Stormzy’s new music video out today. I had a great time…” Mourinho posted on his Instagram account. Mourinho may have already found his rapper name years ago when his words turned into his famous nickname Special One.

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Hollywood sign gets big paint job before its 100th anniversary

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LOS ANGELES:

The famous Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles is getting a facelift just ahead of its 100th anniversary, with each of the massive letters receiving a new coat of paint.

The current set of letters is actually the third sign erected atop Mount Lee over the years. The first sign, which said “Hollywoodland,” was erected in 1923, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which helps administer the site along with the city of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign Trust.

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“People don’t realize that, you know, when you’re standing at the sign, each letter is 45 feet high, the length of each letter. But they’re actually also about 10 to 15 feet off the ground,” said Jeff Zarrinnam, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust. “So some of these guys are up, you know, 60, 50 to 60 feet up in the air.”

The job will use around 400 gallons (1,510 litres) of paint and special rust-prohibitive primer.

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