Mekaal Hasan Band
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|Mekaal Hasan Band|
Mekaal Hasan Band in January 2012
|Origin||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Genres||Alternative rock, Sufi rock, Jazz|
|Labels||EMI, MHB Music, Sadaf Stereo|
|Associated acts||Junoon, Zeb and Haniya, Noori, Entity Paradigm, Jal, Rubberband|
Mohammad Ahsan Papu
|Past members||Asad Abbas
Riaz Ali Khan
The band members have roots in different genres, including jazz, classical music, soul music, and sufi rock, the combination of each member has created a sound which has earned them fans from a variety of quarters.
The band achieved mainstream success with its debut album, Sampooran, released in 2004. Its following studio album, Saptak, released in 2010 continued the band's success. Mekaal Hasan Band won a number of awards and nominations for it’s recordings, videos and live performances.
Despite being signed to both EMI and Sadaf Stereo, the band have their own record label, MHB Music, which they use to launch some independent releases and their albums.
Early years (1995-2004)
Songwriter Mekaal Hasan, born in Lahore, Pakistan, was surrounded by music since childhood. His father, Masood Hasan, passion for jazz music influenced him throughout his early years. After graduating from Government College, Lahore, Mekaal studied music at the Berklee College of Music, Boston and his stay there exposed him to a wide variety of music and musicians, many of whom are influences to this day.
In March 2001, Mekaal collaborated with Pete Lockett in a series of concerts countrywide featuring music written for Pete and classical artists by Mekaal.
Mekaal Hasan Band, released their second album in October, 2009. They also released their video of a single "Chal Bulleya" on 2 October 2009.
On 3 February 2010, Javed Bashir(Vocals) decided to part ways after working along with the band for 8 years. On 26 December, in an online poll by Dawn News the band's video for their single, "Chal Bulleya", was voted as the best music video of 2010.
- Studio albums
- Mekaal Hasan – lead guitar (2001–present)
- Mohammad Ahsan Papu – flute (2001–present)
- Sharmistha Chatterjee – lead vocals (2013–present)
- Sheldon D'Silva – bass (2013–present)
- Gino Banks – Drummer (2013–present)
- Riaz Ali Khan – lead vocals (2001–2002)
- Sameer Ahmed – bass guitar (2001–2009)
- Asad Abbas – lead vocals (2010–2011)
- Javed Bashir – lead vocals (2002–2010,2011–2013)
- Amir Azhar – bass (2009–2013)
- Kami Paul – Drummer (2013–2013)