Nothing brings together people like their mutual love for music and we witnessed a jaw dropping crowd of more than 20,000 people getting together at the recent Lahore Music Meet 2020 that happened on the previous weekend at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore.
On 1st and 2nd February, the 5th edition of Music Meet presented by Pepsi happened, keeping up with their yearly ritual of bringing artists from all across the country to get together, perform and educate the youth who craves for quality music in today’s time. As always, a well curated line up needs a special mention featuring Hassan Sheikh & Roshaan Sherwani, Farheen Raza, Towers, Madlock, Mehdi Maloof, Haniya Aslam, Natasha Humera Ejaz, Adil Omar, Karakoram, Mahak Qayyum, Iqbal, IFRA, Gentle Robot, Maanu, Fake Shamans and Mekaal Hasan Band.There were also ‘Panel Discussions’ featuring Azeem Hamid, Mekaal Hasan, Mehreen Rana, Talha Humayun, Sehyr Mirza, Talha Ali Kushvaha, Dr. Fozia Saeed, Shoaib Iqbal, Fouzia-Younis Suleman, Sophiya Anjam, Ayesha Omar, Mustafa Zahid, Ali Aftab Saeed, Fasi Zaka and Dino Ali.
The day 1 highlight turned out to be the outdoor performance by Fake Shammans along with Mughal e funk, where they brought together their forte Deep House & Electro House with Mughal e funk ‘s signature mix of classical music & funk. It wouldn’t be fair if we don’t mention that they drove the crowd crazy with their epic numbers as Jahangir, Shahjahan & Siachin leaving them yearning for more. Definitely a mark of quality music that engulfs the audience and entrances them to the fullest. As debutants at the LMM, Fake Shammans have left a mark on audience with their finely crafted music like no other. It would be an understatement to say that they are the best out there in their genre and craft. With Muhammad Aizaz on the vocals , Rakae Jamil on sitar and Farhan Ali on Bass guitars, together they created music that pulled the crowd from far and wide.
Day 2 came with the same energetic performances and enlightening panel discussions, each one remarkable in its own. The highlight turned out to be the indoor performance by renowned song writer, music producer and a versatile DJ Talal Qureshi with Raper Extraordinaire Faris Shafi, who brought genres like EDM & Rap together. The moment they stepped on the stage, they totally owned it and throughout their performance the crowd remained indulged in the performance.
LMM 2020 marks its 5th continuous year of providing a well-established and unique platform for day long musical performances and meaningful conversations and activities pertaining to music enterprise, education and academia. The ultimate goals remain to create a meaningful engagement between audiences and musicians, encouraging new talents and fostering relationships between individuals within the music fraternity. Being an entirely women-led project, the Festival Directors Natasha Noorani and Zahra Paracha with Sana Nasir as Art Director and Munizeh Sanai as Creative Director need a special mention for their vision and dedication to the music fraternity in curating such an enriching platform both for the artists and the audience.