East meets West


KARACHI: Friday night at Alliance Francaise in the city demonstrated that combination music is positively not losing cash at any point in the near future. The establishment set up together a one of a kind show of French cosmo-pop band Markus and Lahore-based qawwal Shahzad Santoo Khan.

As a feature of their French course, nine understudies performed their pieces, sung or read in a hammer, before the show. The practice just before the begin of the night appeared like a preview to the hammer: shaky and somewhat off note. In any case, it may not be reasonable to accuse the performing understudies as it was their first time on a stage before a crowd of people.

There were a couple of more hiccups here and there to take after; for occasion, the coordinator’s initiation discourse was hindered by an aggregate power outage. The primary gathering discussed a content about affection in a tentative way, their voices joined by the unpretentious sound of the oud. Consequent gatherings sang their verses with a musical foundation. Gathering of people took chance of the long delays in the middle of to get up, stroll around and talk, making the air rather uneasy.

After roughly 30 minutes, the fundamental execution commenced. Markus highlighted oud player Marc Cormier, drummer Régis Martel, Xavier Pourcher on keys and Guillaume Barré as the sound specialist. The primary tune was a lovely cooperative energy of every present segment. Khan’s voice was on point and resounded superbly with nature. His signals highlighted the force of his voice in a charming methodology. The following melody Tumba, an intense number, invoked grins, driving a couple children to stand up and begin moving.

The qawwal left the stage for the third and fourth melodies as they were played just by the French band. These tunes in any case, did not have a musical peak that the qawwali component would have included. Khan came back to perform the last couple of melodies with the band, and the commendation that these numbers met bore proof to the way that the tunes were of the same remarkable quality as the ones played before all else.

While the combination show itself may have been amusing, the earth was off-putting, no doubt. For the individuals who wanted the sole reason for seeing the amalgamation of two one of a kind types, the steady commotion and unsettling influence from the group was a wellspring of annoyance. Exhibitions that should be appreciated in riveted consideration and quiet were disturbed by individuals walking around and continually talking without end. Half of the group of onlookers going to the occasion comprised of understudies performing their French messages.

Markus and Khan had associated through Facebook two or three years back and chose to perform together. They performed their first show in France the previous summer and the show at Alliance was the first in Pakistan. Another is relied upon to follow in the mid year, by and by in France.