Published On: Fri, Nov 20th, 2015

A cultural exchange program in US



There appears to be a wakefulness attempt to drive subversive works over the waters of darkness. Later than a striking Coke Studio first appearance that watched the group in the majority for the initial time, Malang Party is glowing on route pursuing its subsequent target — a US visit as a piece of Centre Stage, a cultural trade plan started by the US Embassy in Islamabad. The impressive tour that will watch Pakistani musicians execute in the United States in spring 2017 is co-sponsored by the New England Foundation for Arts and direct by Lisa Booth Management Inc in association with Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education (Face) Pakistan.

However, the plan is not as easy as it appears. Selected performs, that comprise Malang Party,  Ismail and Junaid, Red Blood Cat, Sain Zahoor, Sounds of Kolachi, The Sketches, Zoe Viccaji and Sanam Marvi, have to test but just two of them will be capable of boarding the plane to the US.

As an element of the test, Malang Party and Red Blood Cat carried out to houseful viewers at Bahria University in the federal capital. Talking to the attendees, singer-songwriter and face Director Arieb Azhar stated that “I was lucky to be a component of this projects in 2012 in which I observed resemblances between the two much diverse cultures. One cannot have a solitary view of both countries,” he further stated.

“This is the third time we are putting this tour jointly. The two Pakistani acts will perform in front of live audiences in the US in 2017,” told US cultural attaché in Pakistan Daniel Patron.

The plan also comprises university presentations, lectures, workshops, masterclasses and artist-to-artist exchanges. Lisa Booth’s Deirdre Valente will help the Pakistani musicians throughout the tour. “Part of the plan is to diffuse cultural obstacles.”

Savannah Musical Festival Executive and Artistic Director Rob Gibson were also there on the event. Gibson had come in Pakistan for the initial time in 1981 by a recording tape, gazing for a man named Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This occurred earlier than Nusrat made it big. “I fell in love with this region when I heard him sing. We interviewed him. He told he connects with his audiences with a higher power that sings through him.” Gibson further stated their job is to get these performers to the fore and assist them to understand their potential.

Later than the musical presentations finished panelists from the abovementioned institutions carried out in-depth gathering with associates of both the bands in the array to validate their verdict and discover much regarding them. Centre Stage representatives will also move to other metropolises to test the remaining performers prior to the last selection is made.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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