ISLAMABAD: A musical concert featuring Arieb Azhar and his music troupe enthralled the audience of the twin cities with their live performance of folk fusion the other day.
The musical concert titled ‘Music for the Soul and Spirit’ was organised by the Asian Study Group (ASG) at a local hotel.
Arieb Azhar, vocalist and guitarist, held the centre stage as he introduced his band: Zeeshan Mansoor on the electric guitar, Zain Ali on the bass and guitar, Akmal Qadri on flute and Kashif Dani on tabla.
The group opened their act with ‘Dhar Ragrha’, a composition rendered by Akmal Qadri who created magic on the flute along with Kashif Dani on tabla. Arieb Azhar got the show rolling when he sang ‘Daaman Lageya’, which was followed by ‘Aaj to Kehde’ written by Sindhi poet Sheikh Ayaz and then by ‘Ek nukte vich gal mukdi’ by Sufi Saint Bulleh Shah.
The concert concluded after presenting 16 songs in total, and in the last, Arieb Azhar sang ‘Husn-e-Haqiqi’, the song that elevated his status from an underground musician in Islamabad to significant recognition and fame.
Arieb has been working as a professional singer and composer for the last 16 years. He spent 13 years in Croatia, where he played with various world music troupes and headed his own band of Irish Celtic Music.
For the last 10 years, he has been based in Pakistan and performed at all major venues and festivals of the country, including Coke Studio (Seasons 2 and 3), World Performing Arts Festivals Lahore, Sufi Festival and many others.
He has also performed abroad in various festivals and projects in the UK, US, Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Kyrgyzstan and India.
The musical band, through their use of modern and traditional instruments and poetry, celebrates the values of humanism, tolerance and the unity among diverse cultures. The band has succeeded in creating a distinct name for itself both in Pakistani and abroad.
“Rather than preserving pure art forms, we try to express the human soul the best we can, while making use of all influences we have absorbed along the way,” said Arieb Azhar.
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