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The Sachal Jazz Band concert took place in Building 16, Katara – the Cultural Village, on Monday evening. Members of the diplomatic community, dignitaries and a large number of people from different walks of life witnessed the live concert and all the attendees “enjoyed the fusion of melodious famous Eastern classical music and Western jazz”, the Pakistan embassy said in a statement. The event was organised to promote the cultural ties between Pakistan and Qatar. Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, general manager of Katara; Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah al-Thani, member of the royal family; and Sheikh Dr Mohamed bin Hamad al-Thani, director of Public Health at the Ministry of Public Health and member of the royal family, graced the occasion by attending the concert, the statement noted. In his speech, Pakistan’s ambassador to Qatar Shahzad Ahmad thanked all concerned for honouring the event. He said Doha is establishing itself as a centre for cultural activity “like no other city in the region, and all thanks to the efforts of Katara’s very dynamic team, led by Dr Khalid al-Sulaiti”. The crowd applauded Dr al-Sulaiti for his efforts in promoting cultural understanding and for sponsoring the event.
“We should consider ourselves extremely fortunate that we have an internationally acclaimed jazz ensemble with us. Few of you would think it would come from Pakistan. But lo and behold, Pakistan is a country of great culture and history. And if you follow jazz, you’ll know that their first album stormed to the top of the iTunes jazz charts,” the ambassador said. He noted that the Sachal jazz ensemble “have done outstanding and improvised performances” with legends such as Wynton Marsalis at the Lincoln Centre in New York. They have played at the Barbican in London, the Marciac Jazz Festival in France and Tokyo Jazz Festival, and were recently honoured to perform at the United Nations.
“They are coming fresh to Doha after having completed a very extensive tour of the United States at the end of last year,” he said. “I would like to thank the Sachal Jazz Band for adding us to its list of tour destinations. And a special thanks to Katara, Qatar Airways and McNair Chambers for their support and sponsorship and, in particular, to Professor Khawar Qureshi, QC, without whom this event wouldn’t have happened.”
Sources and photo-credits: Gulf Times