Mughal-e-Funk, the instrumental quartet featuring Kami Paul, Rakae Jamil, Rufus Shehzad and Farhan Ali is a super-group of sorts, making music inspired by the Mughal era in a contemporary fusion-meets-funk style.
As Kami Paul told Instep earlier, the response to their instrumental EP Sultanat has been good so far and is coming from across the border as well as internationally. But, the band is making more music after releasing their EP just last year. As Paul reiterated, the EP is for the music industry that has, in turn, responded well to the effort.
Having made their debut at Heritage Now Festival, and played some killer Salt Arts shows, the band appeared on Coke Studio 11 with the song ‘Aurangzeb’ and released their six-track debut EP in 2018.
Mughal-e-Funk is moving at the speed of light and has now moved on to its next album, but this one will be vocal and like its predecessors will draw from raags like it did at the Rafi Peer Sufi Mystic Festival. The album will feature the big four as well as vocalist Mohammad Aizaz - at minimum. At least some of the album will be recorded at Red Brick Music Studios in Lahore that is run by Rakae Jamil who is well-versed in both eastern and western music.
While the second album from the band, with vocal tracks is in the pipeline releases inevitably, they are also a part of Paach-The Mixtape, which is spearheaded by Babar Sheikh, Ahsan Bari and Wajiha Athar Naqvi.
As Ahsan Bari told Instep recently, the mixtape which also includes Sounds of Kolachi, Chand Tara Orchestra, Jimmy Khan and Natasha Baig – in addition to Mughal-e-Funk - is coming along nicely.
Said Bari, “All the songs are complete. We want to launch it on August 17 and we are collaborating with some people, in terms of live curation. The level of excitement is rising.”