Folk & Film Music of Pakistan

by Mekaal Hasan Folk Ensemble

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about

In 2011, musician and producer Mekaal Hasan was commissioned for writing and arranging the music score for a theatrical production of Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew'.
The play was adapted to Urdu and was performed at The 2011 Cultural Olympiad in London to a full house at The Globe Theatre with an acoustic ensemble playing live on stage.
In 2015, while preparing for rehearsals in Karachi, Amir Azhar, Babar Khanna and Mohammad Ahsan Papu came up with the idea of playing our National Anthem in the regional styles of Pakistan's four provinces. Luckily, we were able to capture this totally impromptu jam and we present it to you here as the record's opener.
There is another, more serene version of our anthem, the 'folk' version which closes the record, This is the exact same instrumentation with which we opened our performance at The Globe.
The songs in between the anthems will take you from filmi hits of the past to worksongs from the heartlands of Pakistan.
We hope the beauty and bounty of Pakistan is experienced by all in our humble offering to you of it's musical gems, packaged as four short medleys.

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released August 8, 2017

Musicians

Mohammad Ahsan Papu : Flute
Amir Azhar : Acoustic Steel String Guitar, Mandolin, Rhabab
Mekaal Hasan : Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
Zohaib Hassan : Sarangi
Rakae Jamil : Sitar
Babar Khanna : Dholak

Recorded Live at Digital Fidelity Studios, Lahore, Pakistan
*Recorded on location at Mad School in Karachi
Mixed and Mastered by Mekaal Hasan and Syed Fahad Ali Bukhari
for DFS Records

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Mekaal Hasan Band Lahore, Pakistan

The only Indo-Pak band of it's kind featuring the best contemporary musicians from both India and Pakistan!

Mekaal Hasan Band (MHB) was formed in 2000 by guitarist/composer Mekaal Hasan.The music that MHB plays is a progressive mix between the traditional melodic sensibility of the East and the harmonic sophistication of the West.
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