Four Pakistani acts selected to perform at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016

Four Pakistani acts selected to perform at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016

Wahid Allan Faqir, Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal, Overload and Mai Nimani have been selected to perform at the music festival
28 Oct, 2015

After a well-received music showcase at last year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival last year, Pakistan is set to perform at its 2016 edition. The line-up from Pakistan this year includes Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal, Mai Nimani, Wahid Allan Faqir and Overload.

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South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas. Its music component is said to accommodate one of the largest music festivals in the world.

"I'm thrilled to be playing at SXSW because it's a prestigious event," said Overload founder and drummer Farhad Humayun to Images.

"It not only includes music, but is also a collecting point of art, literature, and film people, booking agents and management executives. It's a recognition of the fact that the world is welcoming the new hybrid culture and sound, which Overload boasts as a modern Pakistani rock act," continued Farhad, adding that Overload will perform at six venues all over Austin.

Islamabad-based cultural organisation FACE – Pakistan’s Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education has been facilitating Pakistan's participation at SXSW, and selects artistes with the SXSW team and the Pakistani US Embassy's Public Affairs Department. The artistes' selection is based on regional diversity and diverse indigenous genres.

SXSW 2016 will run from March 11-22, 2016.


Mishra Oct 28, 2015 11:04pm
South by Southwest is a wonderful music festival.
Mohammad Naseem, USA Oct 29, 2015 03:52am
I live in Austin, Texas and would love to see these artist perform in SXSW especially the talented drummer Farhad Humayun. I have seen his talent as a drummer and singer in several Coke Studio Episodes. Can't wait to welcome to see you all.
Rizwan Oct 29, 2015 09:35am
South by Southwest is a sponsored event. Anyone willing to cover the cost is able to perform.
Afsana Oct 29, 2015 12:32pm
Best of luck........