Karachi’s vinyl music library is home to over 25,000 records

In the middle of Pakistan’s financial hub of Karachi, Muhammad Hussain, a music lover, continues his father’s legacy by collecting vinyl records in a two-bedroom apartment.

Hussain’s music library is home to over 25,000 records containing Pakistani, Indian, English and Punjabi songs.

“I have almost 90% of the Pakistani songs that came out in 1947”.

In 2006, Hussain’s father was forced to close his music center due to the digital revolution, but after finishing college, Hussain did not let his father’s collection go to waste.

“People from all over the world contact me and ask me for the records they want, sometimes I give them away if I have extra copies, sometimes they send me their collection,” he said.

Hussain said he is always looking for the records he doesn’t have in his collection, he thinks the sound quality of the original records cannot be found on YouTube or any other digital format.

“The record’s sound quality is so clean that when you listen to it, you’ll feel like the musician is singing right in front of you,” Hussain said as he inserted a record into a vintage gramophone.

When asked how people around you react when they know about your collection, he replied: “It’s a very difficult task because some of them don’t care what I do in the digital age. ? but i think nothing matters if you are passionate about something.


Jack L. Goldstein