Mekaal Hasan Band
Founded in 2001, Mekaal Hasan Band was set up to present traditional classical music in a contemporary setting. The band's repertoire explores the spiritual longing and mystical travails of revered Sufi poets in a jazz rock-driven, harmonically complex sound. Featuring musicians of international calibre, MHB builds on Eastern classical music with prog ingenuity, led by guitar, traditional flute (bansuri), and compelling vocals. Mekaal Hasan Band is a unique international Sufi Rock band which has played major stages in India, Pakistan, Europe and North America, won praise from the American,European and Subcontinental press.
Mekaal Hasan Band plays sufi, folk & traditional classical music of Pakistan and India with a variety of styles and sounds, which blends the old with the new and contemporary. 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 this folk music 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).