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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Musical Pakistan tour: Strings attached

Pakistani band Strings have been on an extensive Pakistan tour covering 10 cities which started on February 2 and ends on March 3 as part of the Colgate Max Fresh campaign. They have already entertained audiences in seven cities and performed in Sialkot last night. The Express Tribune spoke to the talented twosome about their month-long tour.
Regarding the cities covered so far, Faisal Kapadia stated, “The Pakistan tour has already taken us to the cities of Hyderabad, Karachi, Bahawalpur, Multan, Lahore and Islamabad and Sialkot. Three other cities will be covered within a couple of days including Sargodha, Gujranwala and Faisalabad.”
When asked why Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and more specifically the city of Peshawar, were left from the line-up, the musician responded, “There is no particular reason for leaving Peshawar behind. Audiences from smaller cities are more excited about the concerts. In cities like Karachi and Lahore, where bands perform regularly, there’s obviously less excitement.”
On choosing smaller cities, Kapadia shares an interesting insight, “Very few bands get a chance to visit these places, so this was a great opportunity for us. We hope our concerts will be loved and cherished by all.”
When it comes to the band’s plans for the future, Kapadia asserted, “During the summer, we will be working on our songs and will be recording in the studio. By autumn, we will come out with new songs which String fans will definitely enjoy listening to.”
Cancer fundraiser
On Tuesday evening, the duo took a break from the Pakistan tour and flew over to Dubai and performed at a fundraiser event arranged for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH). About 1,000 people attended the event at the Atlantis Hotel, in Dubai and DHS 2 million were collected through donations. The star-studded event was attended by celebrities like Behroz Sabzwari, Adnan Siddiqui, Aamina Sheikh, Fawad Afzal Khan and Mahira Khan.
When asked why the band chose to perform at this event, bandmember Faisal Kapadia says, “This was probably our sixth fundraiser event for SKMCH. We firmly believe in giving back to society.”
When asked what made the night special, he responded, “The highlight of the night was when Imran Khan requested us to sing the song ‘Mein Toh Dekhoon Ga’.”

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