Salman Ahmad Stages Earthquake Relief Concert at Harvard
A Pakistan Link Report

Salman Ahmad with faculty members of Harvard
Salman Ahmad with students of the university

Boston: Salman Ahmad's earthquake relief concert in Boston was the first time that a Pakistani artist had ever been invited to perform at the prestigious Harvard University.
The event was a sellout and held in a chapel with Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Sikh students and Harvard faculty in attendance. Much goodwill and funds were raised at Harvard as the entire audience sang along to the chorus of Ghoom Tana (which was dedicated to the people of Kashmir), Nusrat Fateh Ali's Allah Hu and John Lennon's Imagine.

Salman performs with members of his group

Salman was accompanied by his experienced Junooni musicians John Alec (bass guitar) and Jay Dittamo (drums and percussion). Both John and Jay have recorded and toured with Salman in the United States and Europe and are also on the latest album Infiniti which Salman co-produced with John Alec in New York.
Infiniti cds sold like hot cakes and a repeat performance has been set up for the spring of 2006.Salman has been performing a blend of Infiniti and Junoon’s sufi inspired songs plus selected English songs to crossover audiences in the US. The colleges include Stanford University, American, Princeton, Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley College, Master's college, Manhattan Community College and others.
Salman's presentation also included a screening of his 2005 BBC documentary "It’s my country too" which looks at the lives of Muslim Americans after 9/11.
This tour will extend to Europe, UK, India, Africa, New Zealand and Australia in 2006.Thus far $25 million dollars have been raised for the earthquake relief fund through concerts and individual pledges from the international community. (Photos by Rabia Mir)


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