American guitarist Timothy Todd Shea and Pashto singer and rabab maestro Shahid Malang along with the winners of the National Youth Carnival singing competitions enthralled the audience at the Musical Night concert here at Nishtar Hall on the eve of the New Year on Sunday.

The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) and the Directorate of Youth Affairs jointly arranged the event, which was attended by a large number of youths and families.

Tourism, culture and youth affairs secretary Mohammad Tariq and director general (youth) Asfandyar Khan Khattak were also present on the occasion.

The glitches in the sound system disrupted the show as the performances of the young artistes, youths from different colleges across province, who won National Youth Carnival singing competitions.

Later, Shea and Malang enthralled the young audience with their music.

Shea, who hails from Maryland, USA, and is running a worldwide charity under the name of Comprehensive Disaster Response Services for the people living in the disaster-affected areas of Pakistan, also played guitar and sang to pay tribute to the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for showing resilience to manmade and natural disasters.

Malang played along rabab and sang Pashto tappay, which sent the young audience into frenzy. The young crowd kept dancing and cheering as the music played on.

Todd along with Shahid Malang enthralled the spectators and received applause on their performance on guitar and rabab.

Besides Shea and Shahid Malang, the winners of National Youth Carnival recently held in the City, have live performances.

Reet the band played different instruments.

Azizul Haq, another youngster, sang Ghani Khan but Samiullah, a Pashto rapper from the Swat University, sang Ghani Khan in a unique style.

Sardar Mohammad Waleed sang a medley of famous English songs and played guitar to the delight of the youths.

Director general (youth) Asfandyar Khattak said the event was meant to provide international platform to the local youths, who did well in the National Youth Carnival singing competitions.

Originally published in Dawn, January 2nd, 2018