When it comes to music Pakistanis certainly have a class of their own. Thus when Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf, Pakistani-American sisters born and raised in Chicago, formed an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) band called Krewella, unsurprisingly it managed to top the American music charts straightaway.
EDM is recognized by the American music industry for its broad range of percussive electronic music genres produced for dance-based entertainment for nightclubs, raves, and festivals.
Since Krewella’s debut in 2007, the popularity of the duo has leaped national boundaries. They have been performing to huge crowds all across the United States and Europe as well as Latin America. The sisters have especially been extremely well received at Tomorrowland EDM music festivals around the world. Their song “Live” was at 32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. This song is the second single from their EP “Play Hard.”
The sisters have recently made news for being the targets of misogynistic haters after public fallout with former member Kris “Rain Man” Trindl in 2014, according to Huffington Post.
Jahan Yousaf has recently written an Op Ed in Billboard magazine to respond to the attacks against the duo. Here’s an excerpt from it: “Both genders suffer inequalities and neither is more important to me than the other, but what I am most knowledgeable about is my first-hand experience of how I am talked about as a woman in the media. I do think it’s worth mentioning that Kris was often overshadowed due to the presence of two females. Despite our efforts to give him more spotlight, Kris checked out”. Nevertheless its still heartening to see Pakistani musicians doing well even in US.