ADP & Mauj – Live at PACC.

Great music, excellent sound and a performance to remember. ADP (Aunty Disco Project) and Mauj at the PACC on Sunday, 29 April, brought all three together for approximately 200 people. The event as per norm started later than its original time.

ADP comprising of Omar Bilal Akhtar (Vocals/ Guitar/Bass) Imran Lodhi(Vocals/Bass/Guitar) Omar “OK” Khalid (Drums/Guitar) Yasir Qureshi (Darbuka/ Percussion) kicked the night off to a roaring start with Prince’s “Kiss” and made the classic their own. Next came their original, “Sultanat”, followed by another cover. This time it was The Clash’s “Rock the Casbah”. Yasir Qureshi was phenomenal on the Darbuka! For me, this song was the highest point of the entire evening. Next came “Such” and “Nazar”, the latter was sung by Omar Bilal with his guitar as his only company. “Ho bhi jahan” came next, with an announcement that they had just completed the video for the song. ADP ended the night with Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devi”l and bowed out to thunderous applause leaving people wanting for more.

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They made way for Mauj for which ADP was the opening act. Having heard only Khushfehmi, I had no clue what to expect from them. And the announcement by their lead singer that they were all suffering from sore throats didn’t help matters much. Also with the performance by ADP still ringing in our ears it was hard to imagine that they could match it. But to give them credit, they held their own and would have been great had their lead singer not been hampered by a sore throat. Where words failed the music made up for it.

Mauj started off with “Khayaal”, performed their version of Zohaib Hasan’s “Pyaar ka Jado” which was also incidentally the only cover they performed after which they stuck to their own originals. They went on to perform “Baat barhti gayee”, “Pahelian”, “Awaaz” and ended the night with “Khushfehmi”. Omran Shafique lost his voice, which had been getting worse making the sore throat more apparent with each performance, in the middle of the song. That didn’t deter him ofcourse. He took a breather and asked the audience to fill in where his voice disappeared.

All said and done, ADP stole the show. It was an excellent concert. With enough celebs to add the customary glitter to the night.

3 Comments so far

  1. Salman A. (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    Live music as opposed to lip-synching should be encouraged since it gives you the opportunity to judge the performance of a band. We need to have more concerts like these in order to improve the over all quality of music in Pakistan which is kind of pathetic at the moment.


  2. llama (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    now thats what i call a biased review. what about giving Mauj the same coverage and writing the band member’s names and instruments as well?Seems like you’re a friend of someone in ADP.


  3. vintage (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    @llama: here is the information you wanted: Mauj consists of Omran Shafique on vocals and lead guitar, Sikandar Mufti on drums and Sameer Ahmed on bass guitar.

    and where Mauj was brilliant where the music was conderned, Omran’s vocals weren’t upto par – understandably so, he really wasn’t feeling well – but he more then made up for it with an increased level of user interactivity.

    i agree with Extiinct, ADP really did steal the show. it wasn’t ADP’s best performance either, but they got everything up and excited. and this is not to say that Mauj isn’t good.



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