The Kennedy Center

Arieb Azhar


Arieb Azhar gives sharp eloquence, humanist politics, and mystic poetries are given a global voice. This singer-songwriter from Islamabad, Pakistan leads a quartet of musicians in an eclectic mix of urban and folk-based songs grounded in Sufi and other humanist poetries from across Eurasia. Azhar pays tribute to Irish balladeers, Croatian gypsies, Punjabi traders and ancient Sanskrit texts. Rather than preserving ‘pure’ art forms, Azhar tries to express the human soul the best he can, while making use of all influences he has absorbed along the way.

Watch Past Performances

Video 6/19/2012: Arieb Azhar / noori

Pakistan’s famed singer-songwriter Arieb Azhar and super rock group noori take the stage to launch their month-long USA tours as part of Center Stage, a new cultural exchange initiative.

Arieb Azhar