MEKAAL HASAN BAND
The Mekaal Hasan Band was formed in 2000 and features traditional music from the Indian subcontinent presented in a contemporary setting. The Mekaal Hasan Band has played concerts in USA, Canada, Europe, India and The UAE multiple times since 2000.
Mekaal Hasan Band plays Sufi, Folk & traditional musics of Pakistan with a variety of styles and sounds, which blends the old with the new and contemporary. The band plays music which covers Sufi Kalam from Bulleh Shah to the mystic musings of Sachal Sarmast. They are adept at reinterpreting Punjabi folk legends like Tufail Niazi and equally at home playing music based on the classical stylings of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and the Qawali of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Mekaal Hasan Band has represented Pakistan at various forums internationally, from The Globe in London to the South Asian Bands Festival in New Delhi and to performances with Abida Parween at Union Square. They proudly hold numerous awards which unanimously have named them as being the ‘Best Live Band’ in the country.
The band has also been commissioned to write folk music scores for live theatre and the subsequent recording of these folk musics can be found online at Bandcamp under the title “Folk & Film Music from Pakistan”
The band has four highly acclaimed records, Sampooran (2004), Saptak (2010) released on EMI/Virgin Records, Andholan (2014) released on Times Music and their first live album, Live at Baroda (2015).
HONORS & AWARDS
Mekaal Hasan Band was awarded The Lux Style Award for ‘Best Live Act’ in 2005 and 2007, and won Best Music Video, Best Music Artist and Best Singer in 2010.
Mekaal Hasan Band was awarded ‘Best Live Act’ at The Musik Awards 2006.
Mekaal Hasan Band was awarded the ‘Best Composition’ at the 2006 Indus Music Award and the ‘Best Alternative Track’ at the 2005 Indus Music Awards.
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALS
Mekaal Hasan Band has represented Pakistan at
2017 Surrey Fusion Festival, Vancouver, Canada.
2017 Hillside Music Festival, Guelph, Canada
2017 Dhaka Folk Festival, Bangladesh
2015 Mosaic Festival in Toronto, Canada
2015 ‘South by South West Festival’ in Austin, Texas
2012 30th anniversary of the founders of Bangla Rock Movement, Miles as special guest
2010 South Asian Band’s Festival, New Delhi at Purana Qilla
2010 The ‘Sufi Peace Festival’ at Union Square, New York, USA
2010 Mosaic Festival in Toronto, Canada
2010 ’Pakistan in Paris Festival’ in Paris, France
2003 The Mela Festival in Oslo, Norway