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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.

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have traveled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State, and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, a person of Indian origin (PIO), or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode: 69

Presenter – Rajan Nazra

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Wali Hamid Ali Khan

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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