December is proving to be a momentous month for music, arts and culture. The second edition of Women of the World festival concluded in Karachi this past weekend in spectacular fashion and along the way gave attendees a lot to think about.
ArtLangar, a two-day art and music festival, made its inaugural appearance in the capital city this past weekend with musical artists as eclectic as Malang Party, Mekaal Hasan Band and Arieb Azhar having taken the stage.
A lot more is coming up, significantly the I Am Karachi Music Festival 2017 that counts Mekaal Hasan as curator and is making a comeback after two years. Scheduled to take place on the 9th and 10th of December in Karachi, the festival will see 22 contemporary artists and 16 traditional artists take the stage as performers over the course of two days. Slated to begin from 5:30 pm onwards, it will take place at the Port Grand with tickets per day priced at Rs. 500.
On day one (December 9), the artists who are set to perform include Alien Panda Jury, Lyari Underground, Zoe Viccaji, Natasha Beyg, Mooroo, Rushk, SomeWhatSuper featuring Abid Brohi, Shorbanoor, Faraz Anwar, Ahmed Jahanzeb, Naseeruddin Saami, Saami Brothers, Zarsanga, Shahzaib Ali and Noor Muhammad Nooral.
On day two (December 10), the playing bill will feature OB Positive, E-Sharp, Khumariyaan, Mughal-e-Funk, Mekaal Hasan Band, Sikandar Ka Mandar & Ali Suhail, Abbas Ali Khan, Badnaam, Alycia Dias, Arieb Azhar, Poor Rich Boy, Darwesh, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal, Humera Channa, Ejaz Lohar and Mohammad Ahsan Papu.
The two-day event features a diverse, inclusive line-up with artists coming from various parts of the country and is not centric to Karachi-only acts. It’s also an essential event for those who think no new music is being made and for those who crave the real sounds of the soil. Watch out.