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Ali Aftab Saeed and Saad Sultan at Old Town School of Music

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Central

Where: Old Town School of Folk Music, Maurer Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Alex Michael Hobson  

Group: Global Humanities Initiative (Buffett Institute)

Category: Fine Arts


Ali and Saad perform in the intimate setting of the Old Town School of Music. 

Ali Aftab Saeed and Saad Sultan are singers, songwriters, performers, producers, activists, filmmakers and undoubtedly among the most influential artists working in Pakistan today. Saeed, and his band Beygairat (Shameless) Brigade, first electrified the Pakistani music scene with their song “Alu Andey” (Potatoes and Eggs) in 2011, a pop song infused with biting political satire and criticism of radicalization in Pakistan in the wake of the assassination of the moderate governor of Punjab Province, Salman Taseer. The video was a viral sensation and Saeed and his bandmates quickly became international news, with interviews and extensive discussions of the impact of their music and message appearing in mainstream media across Pakistan and India, as well as American media outlets such as The New York Times, Voice of America, and National Public Radio.

Saeed and Sultan have recently released a collaborative album, Gao Suno Badlo (Sing, Listen, Change), featuring tracks and videos dedicated to such issues as women's empowerment and equal access to education, to extraordinary critical acclaim.


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