The 12th Tehzeeb Festival, which has a reputation for showcasing some of Pakistan’s top classical (and occasionally classical-rock) performers and events, will stream its three-day event live online from July 30 to August 2, 2021. There’s something amazing about being able to blend in and watch an entire concert on the internet while going about your routine. It brings your favourite musicians’ concerts into your home

It’s now or never. Our music events, like the rest of the globe, have gone online since the Covid-19 epidemic initially broke out and lockdowns were implemented.

Meanwhile, Lahooti Melo, the yearly music festival that has been held in Hyderabad-Jamshoro for the past six years and is constantly threatening to be the “final one,” has gone digital this year. They published their first ‘dump’ of tracks from Lahooti Melo 2021 around Eid, staying true to their vision of emphasising indigenous folk music (with a bit of pop here and there) largely from Sindh — but also incorporating artists from across the country and sometimes beyond.

In ‘Khumariyoon,’ Khumariyaan, a Peshawar-Islamabad-based orchestral act known for playing music that celebrates Pashtun culture, collaborates with Akbar Khamiso Khan, a virtuoso bansuri player who plays traditional Sindhi tunes. It’s an intriguing pairing, because both groups of musicians appear to hail from opposite parts of the country and play music rooted in their respective indigenous traditions.

Khumariyoon,’ by Khumariyaan and Akbar Khamiso Khan, perfectly blends Sindhi and Pashtun music and rhythms. The music begins with a sad solo from Akbar Khamiso Khan, followed by an energetic rhythm from the tabla. The remainder of the Khumariyaan band then joins in, starting with the rhythm guitar part, which complements the tabla’s sound speed.

On his flute, Akbar Khamiso plays a cheerful, lighthearted riff that appears to be the song’s major “chorus” sound. FarhanBogra then replicates the same riff on his rabab before entering the song’s “verse” portion through his rabab, with Khamiso mimicking him this time.

The musicians pass the baton back and forth in this manner, giving each other room to lead and follow. You’d believe they’d been grooving to music together for a long time if you didn’t know better. But that’s the beauty of music: you can comprehend and communicate with one other even if you speak different languages or come from totally different locations and civilisations. Music is the common language you share.

‘Khumariyoon’ is a lighthearted, cheerful song that is full of happiness. Khumariyoon, like other Khumariyan music, makes you want to get up and dance – but what kind of dance? Sindh or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa? Khumariyoon is the result of a flawless fusion of these two civilisations. In one track, you’ll get a taste of the country’s diversity as well as the merging of two unique (musically) civilisations. It’s stunning.