One man, however, is breaking this prejudice and he is doing it in Australia, 'The lucky land'. Australia, The land of cultural diversity is embracing the music of this Pakistan-born singer-songwriter who went number 1 on the ARIA pop charts with his song Like the River which was recorded Live at the Iconic Sydney Opera House. He is the only Asian Artist to have recorded a Live album at the Sydney Opera House. Mahmood has recently released a new single ‘Berlin’ and it is a collaboration with the members of the Barry Gibb band.
Fraser coast FM 107.5 becomes the first Australian community station to add Berlin to its playlist
Coast Fm’s Bett Joy who added the song to her program Chaos and Consciousness said,”I enjoyed this song: It is bouncy & happy with thoughtful words, which fit into the theme of my show, “Chaos and Consciousness“. The backing tune is rousing, almost like an anthem, and the musicians tight. Mahmood has an interesting singing voice”.
“Berlin is the most amazing song, the harmonies and structure of the Bee Gees coupled with the complexity of the ancient music of Pakistan creates a world music sound that is totally unique”- Scott Levi Fm 92.5 ABC Central Coast
“What I like most about Mahmood’s work — other than the fact that it is refreshing — is, it has a reflection of his soul and personality. There is a hint of gratifying optimism in his outlook towards life and Berlin is just one example of the sheer brilliance Mahmood has set out to exhibit. His work definitely targets a niche market, but I believe it has potential to grow exponentially. It is a masterpiece for traditional music lovers, who still value rhythm and beats synced with heartfelt lyrics”. Zain Nabi SBS Radio Urdu service
“The song Berlin is a plea for the pursuit of happiness. Being able to be free to do what he loves – that being able to write lyrics that are a reflection of his soul and to put a voice to those lyrics that articulate his story, a story that will very likely be shared by others. There is a need for a diversity in Australia and this includes a musical outlook. In the same way that there is an acceptance and a desire for culinary diversity, music should also be representative of the diverse nature of the people that now comprise the population in Australia. Mahmood’s music is surely his contribution to music in the country he now calls home. It is his way of saying thank you to Australia for offering him the chance to be happy in doing what it is that he excels” – Richard Curzon, Writer
“Mahmood’s lyric style has a level of honesty you rarely find in today’s pop music. Paired with his unique vocal style, he has his own artistry that is a welcome addition to the Australian music scene. As a producer and arranger, it isn’t often that you get a chance to be a part of creating a unique sound for an artist like we’ve been able to do with Mahmood. Being able to bring this music to Australia in a live setting would be a dream come true and an opportunity that I would relish”- Doug Emery, Barry Gibb’s musical director
” When I first heard Mahmood’s new recording “BERLIN” the first thing that came to mind was hearing the power of a complex work wrapped in a simple approach. The combination of the lyric and the arrangement makes this song resonate with a beautiful message about life and love. Mahmood’s vocals and songwriting talents backed up by a stellar group of musicians have in my opinion created the new Australian sound” – Dennis Poore, Showdown staging company, Los Angeles
“Mahmood is an incredible Artist. My first time listening to Berlin, I feel he has a promising career not only in Australia but Worldwide. His sound is a fusion of greatness. I feel he has arrived. Considering where he has come from musically”- Livio Harris-CEO Who’s Harris Entertainment
“Berlin’ came to me at a time when I needed it in my life, not only Mahmood’s voice but the lyrics and intentions behind it brought a purity and clarity to my heart, spirit and soul that words cannot describe. Perhaps it was serendipity, a coincidence, and convergence, whatever it was, it broke walls open with the sound of one soul reaching out to another” – Michael Keene Chin, Creator One Temple
Just maybe! considering the fact that they share a common philosophy on life and both are singer-songwriters gifted with a unique voice and lyrical style. Yusuf Islam also is known by his stage name Cat Stevens is a British singer-songwriter and has recently announced a much-awaited Australian Tour. Buy Cat Steves Tickets here
‘Yusuf’s Islam’s voice is so uniquely emotional. His musical works have inspired me throughout my career and even if I am not opening for him I would love to just be in the audience to listen to him’. said Mahmood Khan.
Mahmood Khan is an Australian- Pakistani singer-songwriter and is the only Asian-born Artist to have recorded a Live album at the Sydney Opera House, Concert hall. He was awarded Australian citizenship in recognition for his contribution to the Australian music Industry when he scored a number one ARIA pop song with his song Like the River.
It is hard for immigrants from Asian countries as we all know. While it ‘ok’ for them to get dirty jobs like janitors, cleaners etc, it is frowned upon when they show some Artistic ability hence no funding or artistic support has ever been put into place for them. No one predicted that maybe there could be a small chance that these Asian immigrants might, just might, be born with artistic abilities.
One man, however, is breaking this prejudice and he is doing it in Australia, ‘The lucky land’. Australia, The land of cultural diversity is embracing the music of this Pakistan-born singer-songwriter who went number 1 on the ARIA pop charts with his song Like the River which was recorded Live at the Iconic Sydney Opera House. He is the only Asian Artist to have recorded a Live album at the Sydney Opera House. Mahmood has recently released a new single ‘Berlin’ and it is a collaboration with the members of the Barry Gibb band.