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A musical night

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By Faiza M.
Tue, 12, 22

This event was focused on showcasing both modern and traditional music through memorable tunes creating a new dimension as well as a unique sound of the jazz-fusion genre....

A musical night

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Music is a powerful tool that can bring individuals together and promote trust, empathy, and relief from stress. When we dance and sing together, there is a sense of community, where everyone moves together with shared intentions and a mutual goal. As a testimony to this, recently, National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) witnessed a mesmerising night of live fusion music inspired by Indian classical, jazz, blues and rock presented with both Indian and Western instruments. The versatile line-up included Pakistan’s iconic guitarist, composer and music producer Shallum Xavier from the band ‘Fuzon’. Zara Madani’s incredible vocals, Khalid Khan’s distinct style of bass playing, Kenan Ahmed’s dazzling keyboard skills, Sagar Veljee’s dexterity on tablas and Cajon, Gul Muhammad’s soulful Sarangi, along with Zubair Khan’s captivating vocals produced an exhilarating musical experience taking the sound of music through a journey in time. This event was focused on showcasing both modern and traditional music through memorable tunes creating a new dimension as well as a unique sound of the jazz-fusion genre.

A musical night

The event began with a powerful and unique rendition of ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi’ by Mehdi Hassan followed by Azhar Zaidi who performed the memorable folk tune ‘Kheiriyan De Naal’ by Tufail Niazi. Students of Indus Valley along with their teacher, Zara Madani, sang few classical tunes. Zara also presented her original songs from Coke Studio Season 6 which were composed and co-produced by her. Soulful and captivating acoustic guitar playing by Shallum kept each and every soul fully involved and entertained. Muhammad Zubair enthralled the audience with his powerful voice, exceptional skill set and performed eloquent tunes including ‘Zindagi Mein Tou Sabhi Pyar’ by Mehdi Hassan, ‘Sunn Charkha’ by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, ‘Nayab Hein Hum’ by Abida Parveen, ‘Khamaj’, ‘Ankhon ke Sagar’ and ‘Madhbanti’ by Fuzon. The classic tunes were given a unique twist by performing them on an electric guitar by Shallum.

It was a full house with audience thoroughly immersed in the performances and visibly enjoying them. Soon, people from different cities will be able to enjoy these live performances along with music videos of original compositions by this diverse and experienced line up of exceptional musicians.

- Faiza M.