Khumariyaan, the instrumental folk-rock music group that counts Sparlay Rawail, Shiraz Khan, Farhan Bogra and Aamer Shafiq as members is one of the best bands to have emerged from the independent music scene in the last couple of years. With a number of singles to their credit with ‘Tamasha’ being the most famous of the lot, the band is equally popular for their interactive live shows. With the intention of bringing together people of all languages and ethnicities through their music, this is no ordinary band. And, having seen them take the stage as a live act on a few occasions, we can attest to their genius.
For these reasons and more, their upcoming multiple-city tour of Pakistan is one that shouldn’t be missed by anyone remotely curious about music and culture. Khumariyaan will begin proceedings on November 19 and will take the stage at Coke Food Festival which is scheduled to take place at the Royal Palm in Lahore. This will be followed by a gig in Karachi the next day (Nov 20) at T2F, presented by Pakhtun Wadrobe. After Karachi, the band will next head to Quetta where they will perform on November 25. The venue for the Quetta gig will be disclosed only to pass holders due to security issues. The final leg of the tour will take the band to Islamabad where they will perform live at Art Langar, open air theater Shakarparan on December 3rd.
The year 2017 is proving to be a special year for this four-man music outfit whose members are presently based in Islamabad and Peshawar. They made their UK debut this year and also took Dublin by storm. The UK gig, held at the South Bank Centre was presented by Funoon London, while the the Ireland leg took birth upon the invitation of the US Embassy and lasted two days and ended with a gig at the residence of Reece Smyth, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in the heart of Phoenix Park.