Strings, Overload and Shafqat Amanat Ali play Dubai

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Strings, Overload and Shafqat Amanat Ali play Dubai

MOST MUSIC BUFFS would enjoy a jam session between popular Pakistani band Strings, rock group Overload and Sufi-fusion singer Shafqat Amanat Ali at this weekend’s Umeed concert. So, obviously, that’s the first enquiry we make when we catch up with them over the phone.

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Published: Thu 24 Mar 2011, 11:18 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:13 AM

“We know the crowd would thoroughly like us to do one of those. And when three bands come together, it’s always nice to see them perform a blend of their music. But sometimes because of time constraints we aren’t able to do that. Although we’re hoping to manage a jam session at Umeed,” noted Faisal, vocalist for the two-member Strings.

The singer also commented that the Dubai audience makes for a rather appealing mix of Indians and Pakistanis.

“The crowd there has a unique energy. And because the residents visit their home countries so often, they are very much in touch with the current music scene in both countries. We’ll be releasing a new song on April 4 – it’s a patriotic, optimistic number – and we might be giving Dubai a sneak preview of it at the concert.”

Meanwhile, Shafqat Amanat Ali (pictured right), who recently hit the city for a performance with Asha Bhosle, said, “I’m excited to come there because it’s for a good cause. Also, last time we sang to nearly three generations in the audience. This time we’re hoping for the same response and will be performing originals, a couple of covers and a few Bollywood songs.”

Event details

What: Umeed concert

When: 6:30pm onwards, Friday, March 25

Where: Palladium, Dubai Media City

Tickets: Dhs100 to Dhs1,250

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