An international Diamond Jubilee initiative, Jubilee Concerts was launched to create a global platform for the Jamat to celebrate this historic occasion through music and to encourage a greater appreciation for music among the Jamat and wider community. Jubilee Concerts is pleased to announce that it has organised two concerts as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon from 05 July to 11 July, 2018.
The week-long celebrations will commence with the first Jubilee Concert on 05 July, 2018 called “Kings of Rhythm,” featuring internationally renowned artists Cheb Khaled and the dynamic duo of Vishal-Shekhar. Cheb Khaled, or simply “Khaled,” is an Algerian-born Francophone artist who has entertained millions of fans around the world with legendary songs such as C’est la vie and Didi, the latter performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Khaled is one of the best-selling Arab artists in history.
Vishal-Shekhar are one of Bollywood’s most entertaining music directors and artists. Vishal Dadlani is regarded today as one of the pioneers of original Indian independent music. Shekhar Ravjiani is a classical singer trained under Ustad Niaz Ahmed Khan. The combination of Khaled and Vishal-Shekhar brings to Lisbon an unparalleled evening of musical performance that will set the celebratory mood for the week-long historic celebration.
On 10 July, 2018, Jubilee Concerts will present “Sufi Voyage,” its closing concert featuring the “King of qawwali” Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, in a specially curated atmosphere, and the musical talents of Salim-Sulaiman, coming together in a must-see performance that will include Bollywood, folk, popular songs, and qawwali – a devotional music style of Muslim mystics. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, nephew of the late legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, is also known for his playback songs in the Bollywood and Pakistani film industries.
Salim-Sulaiman were inspired by their father Sadruddin Merchant, who previously led the Ismaili Scouts Orchestra in India. Salim-Sulaiman have been composing music for over a decade and have also collaborated with South African singer Loyiso Bala and Kenyan singer and songwriter Eric Wainaina to record the anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This unique combination of artists will be joined by one of Tajikistan’s foremost musicians, Nobovar Chanorov, whose band is known as the Beatles of Tajikistan. This unprecedented combination of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Salim-Sulaiman, and Nobovar will mark the completion of the year-long Jubilee Concerts.
Both concerts will be held at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Tickets will be on sale soon and details will be announced on this website.