Edward Maya: Rocking the capital

Published: February 15, 2012

Edward Maya has come to Pakistan as an ambassador of peace and to provide polio awareness in the country. PHOTOS: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

Islamabad gets a taste of Edward Maya’s stereo loving. PHOTO: PUBLICITY Edward Maya has come to Pakistan as an ambassador of peace and to provide polio awareness in the country. PHOTOS: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

When a well-known artist performs in Islamabad (or any part of the country), the entertainment-starved Pakistani youth and adults scramble to get their hands on passes or tickets to the event. For them, these concerts seem to be the only source of respite from their daily routine lives. However, when rumours of an international artist coming to town surface, the frenzy accompanying the performance reaches new heights. Let’s face it, it’s not every day that an internationally recognised artist decides to stop by to perform in Islamabad. In the same vein, Romanian DJ and record producer Edward Maya’s recent performance in Islamabad provided Islooites with a night to remember.

Edward Maya is no new name to the music industry. As a successful producer who has contributed to the making of the Romanian band Akcent’s album No Tears, which scored a number of hits in Europe like “Stay With Me”, “That’s My Name” and “Lover’s Cry”, he came to prominence with his unique take to house music which incorporated sounds of the accordion. After the release of his first single “Stereo Love”, featuring Russian DJ Vika Jigulina in 2009, he became a global club sensation in less than a year.

On the night of the event, the concert premises were packed to the brim with youngsters desperately trying their best to get inside the concert venue. The fact that the location had been kept a secret and that extremely chilly weather had enveloped the city did nothing to dampen the spirits of people who still turned up in droves. Credit goes to the organising team for managing a well-secured, large-scale event with such a well-known international artist. Additionally, there were private lounges decorated tastefully with warm red lighting reminding the audience that Valentine’s Day was also being celebrated.

Qayaas, a popular local band, kick-started the event and performed songs from their new album. After great anticipation and extremely loud cheers, Maya finally came on stage with his bandmembers and immediately got the crowd on their feet. With his opening track, “Stereo Love”, people rushed to the front of the stage — the night had officially begun. After that, he moved onto his other well-known tracks.

Some famous party tracks such as, “I Gotta Feeling” and “Give Me Everything Tonight” were mixed with his signature style beats and added bass to produce a higher tempo. Track after track, Maya kept the crowd grooving to the beat until he finally ended his performance with an encore performance of “Stereo Love”.

Why was Edward Maya in Pakistan?

Edward Maya’s presence in the capital city wasn’t just for entertainment purposes; he came as an ambassador of peace and to provide polio awareness in the country. The funds raised from the concert will be utilised for polio awareness by a non-profit organistion called Radiance Foundation. Credit goes to the organising team for managing a well-secured, large-scale event with such a well-known international artist. According to the event organisers, the Romanian band Akcent will be performing in Islamabad in March 2012. Here’s hoping that there will be a revival of concerts with performances by such celebrated artists.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Retard
    Feb 15, 2012 - 10:44PM

    WoW… I didn’t know that “That’s My Name” is of Edward Maya. I thought it was made by Akcent.


  • Usman
    Feb 15, 2012 - 11:15PM

    Expensive ticket 6000 rs,but its nice to have him here,edward gujjar


  • Sajid
    Feb 15, 2012 - 11:17PM

    Awesome! In your face Punjab Govt!


  • Feb 15, 2012 - 11:41PM

    Akcent and Edward Maya. Akcent, Akcent.. and then again.Edward Maya. Then again Akcent in March 2012. Wake up organizers! please approach some other well-known musicians of the World.


  • Tariq
    Feb 16, 2012 - 12:27AM

    Must have been a great concert. When is E. Maya coming to Karachi??


  • Feb 16, 2012 - 12:46AM

    Great cause, but our country reputation is bad all over the world that is way for big names and celebrities very hard to decide come here at Pak


  • Hulk
    Feb 16, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Qayaas didn’t kick start the show, Osama Com Laude & Shamoon Ismail did, sehrish ali/tribune needs to fix this


  • Saad Durrani
    Feb 16, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Edward Maya used to produce for Akcent. He was the one who made them popular.


  • KKGnation
    Feb 16, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Edward Maya Khan?Recommend

  • Shamy
    Feb 16, 2012 - 2:24PM

    why does he like Pakistan so much ? i dont think hes that good or famous…


  • Javed Shahzad
    Feb 16, 2012 - 7:10PM

    it is pleasant to have such a renowned artist in Islamabad. what is surprising for me is that he was here as peace and polio ambassador without knowledge of polio guys. i am working as Media Officer for Prime Minister’s Polio Cell and nobody in our entire setup was aware of his presence in Islamabad. all we came to know through this news story. in morning i talked to Prime Minister’s Special Assistant who is also Prime Minister’s Focal Person and she also was surprised. it is really ironic that somebody was raising funds for polio and the people who are at the helm of affairs in fight against polio were utterly unaware of it. anyhow, if he is still in Islamabad and my message could be conveyed to him, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant would like to see him in her office.


  • ali
    Feb 19, 2012 - 9:29PM

    where was the concert?


  • Dr Hyder
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:36AM

    @ javed shahzad. Dear Sir, I am surprised that your cell was not aware of the event since I was the first one to send the proposal to the polio cell . As far as madam( priminister’s focal person for polio eradicatio ) is concerned , she was the first one to receive the information and the proposal . This was further refered to the concerned department. This is to add further that this event was not organised for funds generation. It was supposed to be an event for awareness. Best regardsRecommend

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