Sajjad Ali emphasized the need for producing new songs at LMM

The third edition of the two-day Lahore Music Meet started at Alhamra Art Centre, The mall, on Saturday.

The turn out was good enough at the festival and the evening consisted of various discussions and performances.

The discussions at the festival with Sajjad Ali, Ali Azmat, Momina Mustehsan and Uzair Jaswal were interesting and informative.

Sajjad talked about producing new songs and music:

“There was no music industry in Pakistan but only the music scene,” he said and criticised singers who were taking music as fun instead of seriously learning the art.

Ali Azmat said he had given his first music performance at Alhamra. He said all artistes were insecure at the start; however, this insecurity drove their float and at the end of the day, they became established singers. He threw light on his life and difficulties he faced through his professional career. Mentioning one of his famous songs ‘Garj Baras’, he shared with the audience that he had composed song at Nathia Gali. He was of the view that the singers should not live in the past glory and should come up with new tracks.

The LMM had panel discussions, music and a visual art exhibition. Performances by Abdulah Siddiqui, Ehl-e-Rock, Janoobi Khargosh, Kashmir, Keeray Makoray, TMPST, Wooly and The Uke and Shorbanoor were included.

For its third edition, the LMM received over 250 applications from across the country for live performances which were then shortlisted by co-founders, Natasha Noorani and Zahra Paracha.