Internationally famed Indo-Pak music band JoSH is all set to rock again in Pakistan. This will be the band’s first appearance after the successful launch of their album “Beyond Kismat” which recently clinched the top spot on music charts across South Asia with their song “Pyar Hogaya”.we can see the bill boards with Josh album co advertised with McDonalds Big Meal.
JoSH performed at the Expo Centre Lahore last night and at the Canadian Embassy in Islamabad on Thursday night and serenaded audiences with their tunes. The album “Beyond Kismat” has not only won the hearts of millions in Pakistan but also pumped the heart beats of the people residing across the border.
JoSH is expected to stay in Pakistan till July 4 to promote their album. The duo of Rupinder Magon (Rup) and Quraam (Q) will also be performing in concerts in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad leaving no stone unturned to convey their message of love, unity and peace to the maximum number of people possible. Later, JoSH will travel to Mumbai on July 5 to launch their album in India.
Rup (Rupinder Magon) was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Raised in a practicing and religious Sikh family, his first experience with music came from the Gurdwara’s (Sikh Temple). As he was never truly trained in the instrument, by listening to professional ragi’s, at age 6 he slowly picked up the Tabla. His mother used to regularly sing at the Gurdwara, so he used to help her practice by providing the tabla beat as she sang on her harmonium. Eventually as he played with more people, he learned a freestyle method of playing the instrument and learned different beats from the different ragi jathas that would come to town. His natural progression in tabla lead to always being close to the harmonium. Thus, he learned how to sing hymns on the harmonium, and combined with the Piano lessons he had been taking for 5 years, he was able to learn the instrument rather quickly. Thanks to his upbringing in Sadh Sangath and guidance of illuminated souls, Rup uses the music medium to share his thoughts of philosophy and spirituality in Josh’s albums. Rup’s musical influences include Indian ragas, North American mainstream pop music, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Michael Jackson. Pursuing his education in Montreal, Canada, Rup completed his Bachelors degree at Concordia University in Economics. He has been working in the software business for over six years and moved to New York City in 2000. Currently, he works out of New York and Montreal.
Q (Qurram Hussain) joined Josh once the band was already established. They had already done a number of key shows, gaining exposure with the South Asian audiences in Montreal, and were starting to make a name for themselves. q’s arrival only helped to solidify the band and he brought with him a unique perspective on fusion.
Talking upon their arrival in Pakistan, Indian born ‘Rup’ said he was excited to perform again in Pakistan while Pakistani born ‘Q’ said he was eager to perform at home.