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Zameer Rizvi

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Birth name  Zameer Ali Rizvi
Website  Official website
Years active  2002–present

Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter
Name  Zameer Rizvi
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Born  5 February 1981 (age 34) Lahore, Pakistan (1981-02-05)
Role  Singer-songwriter ·
Education  University of Western Ontario
Albums  From Under the Bleachers, Saath, Live in Los Angeles
Genres  Vocal music, Easy listening, Soft rock, Pop music
Similar People  Aunty Disco Project, Mahmood Rahman, Sajid & Zeeshan, Taimur Rahman, Gavin Brown

Instruments  Vocals, Drums, Guitar

Octv singer songwriter zameer rizvi

Zameer Rizvi (born 5 February 1981) is a Canadian singer/songwriter, musician and composer. As a songwriter, Zameer's subject matter is usually inspired by personal experiences. His songs vary anywhere from upbeat party-like music, to soulful reflective music, to political music reflecting his views on social justice. His honest writing style earned him worldwide recognition when his song about social injustice against athletes with disabilities, "Win or Defeat", was licensed as a theme song by the 2010 Paralympic Games. Rizvi went on to perform the song at the 2010 Olympic Games. Rizvi garnered further success with strong sales of his debut album From Under the Bleachers from which the single "Glory of Love" rose to the 73rd spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. He went on the secure the #1 spot on the Billboard charts in March 2012.


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Early life and career beginnings

Rizvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He was raised in Libya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, England and finally Canada. In 1995, Rizvi and his family immigrated to Canada, and currently reside in Mississauga, Ontario. Rizvi is the youngest of four siblings, who later formed their own band. In 1998, Rizvi and his two brothers, Ali and Hussain, released their first EP as the band Dead Shyre. Although it received moderate success, Rizvi credits Dead Shyre for teaching him the basics of recording and production. They also have one sister, Tara. Both of Rizvi's parents are university professors. Rizvi holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Western Ontario. Zameer has been known to travel quite a lot which is relefected in his music and has given him a unique perspective when songwriting.

2002-2004: Auditory scene analysis research

During 2002-2004, while attending the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Rizvi studied the mathematical ingredients of some of this era's hit music, using auditory scene analysis. His research paper, titled "Auditory Scene Analysis of 20th Century Popular Music", was published by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

2005-2007: "Win or Defeat"

In 2005, Rizvi moved back to Toronto to pursue his music career. He formed a band and performed at local Toronto open mics and bars, including Lee's Palace and the Horseshoe Tavern. Over the next two years, Rizvi steadily moved up Toronto's live music food chain, performing at bigger and better venues including the Opera House, Hershey Centre, and ultimately the Skydome (Rogers Centre).

It was around this time that Rizvi wrote and released his debut single "Win or Defeat", and was nominated as 'Best Artist' at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. He was also ranked amongst the top 10 live acts in Toronto by the world's largest music festival, Emergenza. Record labels and producers started paying attention, and Rizvi was approached by multiple Grammy Award winning producer, Steve Thompson. Steve later went on to re-produce "Win or Defeat", which Rizvi debuted for 30,000 spectators during a sporting event at the Skydome in Toronto.

2008-2010: Partnering with the 2010 Vancouver Games

The message of "Win or Defeat" is to overcome all obstacles to pursue a dream, which resonated with the Canadian Paralympic Committee. The Committee subsequently licensed "Win or Defeat" to use as a song promoting athletes with disabilities. The Paralympics produced the video for "Win or Defeat", which featured Canadian Paralympic gold medalists Brad Bowden and Paul Rosen. Soon after the video's release, "Win or Defeat" was in rotation on MTV, MuchMusic and over 45 radio stations nationwide. Rizvi went on to perform the song at the 2010 Vancouver Games in Whistler, British Columbia.

2010-2012: From Under the Bleachers and "Tatti"

Rizvi released his debut album titled From Under the Bleachers in 2011. According to Rizvi, the title of the album originated from his experiences while sitting under the water tank on his roof in Pakistan. Production credits for From Under the Bleachers include five-time Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Thompson. Rizvi toured Norway, Pakistan, Canada and USA to promote his debut release.

The album was well received, with strong digital sales, leading to Rizvi's single "Glory of Love" climbing to #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in Canada. The album also snagged Rizvi the title of "Hot Shot Debut" and #5 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart.

In March 2011, Rizvi released a music video for his song "Mind Over Murder" which questions Islam's promise of 70 virgins in paradise. In the video, Rizvi plays a terrorist who winds up in paradise with 70 virgins as promised by the religion. The conclusion of the video shows the virgins turning into vampires, and the terrorist changing his mind about killing innocent people. The video stirred up controversy and Rizvi received several threats by those who felt he was targeting the Islamic faith.

In April 2012, Rizvi released another controversial satirical song and music video called "Tatti". In Punjabi (the predominant language in northern India and Pakistan), "Tatti”" means to defecate. The comedic video was featured on the website of Late Show with David Letterman. In the video, Rizvi shines light on the subjugation of women in Indian culture, which led to outrage in the Indian community. Rizvi received public death threats and insults, despite which, he did not remove the video from circulation.

The controversy surrounding Rizvi’s releases created a social media storm which led to him rising to the top of Billboard's social media charts at #1 in 2012.

2014: Collaboration with Noori

In October 2014 Rizvi announced that he is collaborating with the Pakistani rock pioneers Noori to release a new single on his upcoming album. The song was produced by 13-time Juno award winner Gavin Brown and is available to purchase worldwide. Brown is credited with combining Rizvi's soulful love song lyrics and hard rock elements from noori. Rizvi and guitarist Ali Noor are cousins and grew up together in Lahore, Pakistan before Rizvi moved to Canada.

2015-2016: Her

Rizvi announced plans to release a new album called "Her" during a January 19 interview on Open Chest TV with Raj Girn, part of the Anokhi Magazine network. Rizvi revealed he has been working with drummer Johnny Fay of The Tragically Hip and 13-time Juno winning producer Gavin Brown (musician). Rizvi's first single "Crazy" ft. Mia Martina came out on April 28. It debuted at #5 breakout on the Billboard Hot Dance Club charts on July 18, 2015. It spent 6 weeks in the top 50, peaking at #42.

Upcoming Projects

In July 2016 Zameer went on tour to promote his album Her, which featured Ali Noor as Zameer's guest guitarist. During the course of the tour Zameer live streamed several sessions of him and Ali Noor working on new music. In following months, Zameer teased a song and music video entitled "Walk Away" which was later revealed to be the song they worked on while on tour. Since the tour Zameer, has released two more songs, "Oh Yea!" and "Endless Summer". It is rumored that Zameer is working on a new EP, which will feature all three of these songs.


  • From Under the Bleachers (2010)
  • Her (2016)
  • Music videos

    Rizvi has released six music videos to date:

    Other work

    In 2006, Rizvi founded his own imprint called Rizvi Records through which he releases his music. He also founded ZRG, a provider of communications and technology consulting services to a client roster which includes Bell Canada and Research in Motion.

    Rizvi is a multi-instrumentalist and plays the guitars, drums, and keyboards on most of the songs on From Under the Bleachers.

    Charity work

    Rizvi has founded several charitable initiatives for various causes. In 2007, Rizvi partnered with MuchMoreMusic to spearhead Sing For South Asia, a charity concert to raise funds for victims of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. In 2008, Rizvi decided to donate partial profit from the sales of his song "Win or Defeat" to the Canadian Paralympic Foundation, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with disabilities through sport. Between 2009 and 2010, Rizvi participated in a series of performances for Hands Up Canada, a charitable initiative to support Paralympic Sports across 30 shopping malls in Canada.

    Collaborations and awards

  • Rizvi came into Fatlabs Studios to work with Canadian producer Vikas Kohli on a number of tracks for his debut album From Under the Bleachers, such as "Mind over Murder", "Final Conversation" and "Win or Defeat".
  • Rizvi was the recipient of the 2008 Anokhi Sexy and Successful Music Award for Most Promising Musical Artist. Other winners and attendees included Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto. Rizvi also performed at the Gala.
  • References

    Zameer Rizvi Wikipedia