Soundcheck: When Roy’s in Rome…

Published May 26, 2013 05:45am

Globetrotting singer Shehzad Roy was recently in Rome on invitation from Pakistan’s Ambassador to Italy, Tahmina Janjuwa. The Pakistan Embassy in Rome in collaboration with Zètema Progetto Cultura, an agency of Rome’s Municipality, had organised the concert last week in Villa Borghese, the second largest public park in Rome, and was part of La Notte dei Musei (The Night of Museums). The solo show presented Pakistan’s rich heritage — especially its music and poetry — to the Italian audience.

La Notte de Musei is an important event on Rome’s cultural calendar. On the night, a series of events such as concerts, plays and other cultural performances are organised at various locations throughout the city. It was indeed a privilege to have Shehzad Roy perform at one of the most prestigious spots in Rome. The audience included representatives of the Italian government, cultural and media leaders, the diplomatic corps as well as Pakistani and Italian community members.

Q. How did it feel to perform in Rome. Do you think the audience largely understood what you sang to them?

SR: After seeing the response of the Italian crowd to Pakistani music I’m now thinking of collaborating with an Italian artist. It was a great experience and I was surprised to see Italian girls dancing to Saali. Even though, the Italians in the audience did not understand the lyrics, the music had everyone rocking to the beat and the people enjoying themselves immeasurably.

Q. Which tracks did you perform to?

SR: I sang popular numbers such as Aag, Apnay Ullo, Kangna, Saali, Chal Para, Teri Soorat, Laga Reh, Wo Ho, Summer of ’69, Lal Meri Patt, Mukhra, Beya Beya and some others.

Q. What do you think of the concert/live music scene in Karachi?

SR: Live music is picking up and can be bigger but in Karachi my concert just recently got cancelled. After performing with Bryan Adams in 2006 in Karachi, I thought that the city would become the next Dubai where international artists would come frequently, but it never happened. The worsening law and order situation is affecting everything including live performances by singers. As things get better, people will start organising concerts and new and good musicans will definitely come out and play.

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Comments (4) (Closed)


G.A.
May 26, 2013 12:38pm
Good work by Shehzad Roy. Fix law and order in Pakistan and the country can draw more tourists then these rich Gulf Kingdoms can ever dream of. Pakistan has varying landscapes and history dating back to the Indus Valley and Alexander the Great. There is nothing in Dubai that can rival all this.
S. A. M.
May 26, 2013 04:43pm
SHahzad is a boy that is full of talent and positive attitude. He has been doing a great job for the country and its people. We need more people like him. He is a singer with a heart of gold. Glad to learn of his success
gazala
May 26, 2013 09:45pm
shehzad roy is a true rock star and bono of pakistan.
Misbah Saleem
May 27, 2013 08:14am
You are nation's hero. We are proud of you Shehzad Roy. Keep singing and keep winning people's hearts all over the Globe