One of the most significant and awarded world music artists of today, Mahmood Khan, is set to rewrite the history books again with a one-off, exclusive live performance in Ballina in the heart of the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
When Mahmood was granted citizenship by the Australian government in recognition of his contribution to the music industry, following the astounding success of his number one ARIA charting song, Like the River, recorded live at Sydney Opera House with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, it helped transform his career.
More successes followed, with Mahmood acknowledged as the first Asian-born artist to top the Billboard charts in the Classical genre, the only Asian artist to record a live album at the Sydney Opera House, and declared a National Asset and Pride of Pakistan in 2020. But his musical virtuosity has also had a global impact, attaining number one status on iTunes in France, the UK, USA, Australia, Mexico, Turkey, and Switzerland.
Now Mahmood is ready to reveal another side to his remarkable vision—a live performance like no other, a true behind-the-scenes experience of the fruiting of Australia’s new music genre taking off in the Northern Rivers.
The audience will not only be exposed to a new genre in the making named ‘World/pop’, but treated to a first-hand look at all the magic and mechanics of filming a musical event.
The performance will also include the opportunity to interact and engage with Mahmood and his six-piece band. Playing songs that span the breadth of his career, including the hits Ginoo, Agar, Merry Go Round, One Line Down, and Blue Snow, the landmark event promises to be uplifting and rejuvenating as Mahmood leads audiences into a dive into the deep musical culture of specialness and peace. The forthcoming show is thirty-five years in the making, shining the spotlight on one of the most notable songwriting and production enigmas of the Australian music scene, Mahmood Khan.