In today’s first-ever bilingual episode, Rajan travels to Pakistan to meet Wali Hamid Ali Khan, a famous Sufi-Rock musician and sibling band member of Raga Boyz, Pakistan’s leading rock band.
Hailing from the infamous Patiala Gharana (classical music house), Wali talks to us about how he maintains the great contribution of his forefathers in Eastern music into modern singing and his desire to create a sound for everyone to enjoy and connect communities together.
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About Wali Hamid Ali Khan:
Wali Hamid Ali Khan belongs to a family of musicians and he is the son of Ustad Hamid Ali Khan who hails from the famous Patiala Gharana.
Wali Hamid khan is the lead vocalist of Raba Boyz Band and he has sung a number of songs some of which include Rooth Gaya, Dil Ka Panchi, Noor e Khuda, Mahi Vey, Kina Tenu, Naughty, Attitude, Tera Nika Jeya, and Tenu Chahwan.
The lineage of Raga Boyz goes back to Ustad Kalluji (Darbar Gayak of Patiala State, the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh) followed by his sons and the greatest singers of their era, Ustad Ali Baksh Jarnail and Ustad Barey Fateh Ali Khan. The legacy of this family continued with the descendant, and the pioneers of modern classical singing, Ustad Aashiq Ali Khan, Ustad Akhtar Hussain Khan, and his sons Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, and living legend Ustad Hamid Ali Khan. The band Raga Boyz is the ninth generation of this family.
Raga Boyz have performed across the globe in some of the best venues including Wembley Arena (UK) and Radio City Music Hall (NYC) and have toured over 18 countries. They have appeared with singers like Shakira and Rihanna. They have also won several awards and competitions internationally.
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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music
Presenter – Rajan Nazra
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Wali Hamid Ali Khan
Art Design – Vanisha Patel
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