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News |  19 Dec 2008 18:14 |  By RnMTeam

HOM Records puts off Roxen album release

MUMBAI: Indian music label HOM (House Of Music) Records has decided to put the launch of Pakistani rock band Roxen's new album on hold in the light of the recent attacks on Mumbai.

HOM Records, which distributed Roxen's first album Rozen-e-Deewar, signed up with Roxen for distributing its second album in India as well. The album was scheduled to be launched originally in mid - December, and then re-scheduled to mid January 2009. But with the changed scenario, the band and the label mutually decided to put off the launch, which was to be coupled with an India visit for the band.

HOM Records A&R head Sajid Maklai acknowledged to Radioandmusic.com that they had decided to defer the launch, and were currently working on the completion of a video for the same. The label has also signed on a few more bands and solo artistes from Pakistan, but the albums with these artistes are currently under production.

Reports say that the new Roxen album features the original rock version of the successful Tera Mera Rishta Purana track from Mukesh Bhatt's 2007 release, Awarapan.

Media reports also quote the band's lead vocalist Mustafa Zahid as saying, "It's not the right time for us to release an album knowing what India has gone through. I would love to take my band across cities in India to do a Peace show and involve members of the film and music community from India with whom I have worked with in the past but that seems difficult at the moment. Therefore, we have delayed the release of the album in India and Pakistan and will announce a re-scheduled date very soon."

He added, "I would like to add that it's not the nations that hate each other but certain political faces and agencies. Terrorists have no religion and it's sad for them to think that jannat is a result of jihad." On a lighter note, he added, "Time is the best healer. Everything will be fine, as both the countries have a purana rishta with each other."

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