An online musical concert was co-hosted to mark the 246th Independence Day of the United States of America by the Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP) and the US Consulate in Karachi.
The event demonstrated the power of music to bring people together, with both the Pakistani and US songs, as well as a fusion piece that blended the sounds of both countries together, said a spokesperson of the ACP on Monday.
The Mary McBride Band from the United States performed the Pakistani National anthem as well as American pop and rock songs. The sounds of Kolachi band from Karachi performed the US national anthem. The Karachi Folk Orchestra featuring Mai Dhai, Arman Rahim, and Wahab Bugti, conducted by Ahsan Bari, performed Pakistani music from Sindh and Balochistan. The concert also featured a collaboration between Pakistani artist Muhammad Khan and American artist Ben Wright in which they fused Baloch banjo and US bluegrass banjo. US CG in Karachi Robert Silberstein welcomed the viewers and highlighted the strength of the US-Pakistan bilateral relationship. He said that the United States will continue to support investments in education and people-to-people connections.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2021.
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