India can debate over nepotism all they want. In Pakistan, as long as the by-product is as talented, humble and deserving as Sanwal Esakhelvi and Zaw Ali, we don’t mind a bit of power-play. After all, there’s a reason they say, Like Father, Like Son – right?
Meet Sanwal Esakhelvi, the prodigal son of Pakistan’s gem-like musician, Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi. Sanwal made his Coke Studio debut with Episode 5 song Sab Maya Hai but he has been in the music business for a long time now.
Born in a house full of music, Sanwal grew up listening to the likes of legends such as Mehdi Hasan, Madam Noor Jahan and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in person. As soon as he was 4, he started accompanying his larger-than-life figure father on his stages.
But even so, music wasn’t his first choice of career. “I was always into sports but then an injury forced music to take over,” he told The Express Tribune.
Today, he is a successful sound engineer, singer and musician who’s working on how to infuse electronic with folk, playback singing and ghazal.
Sanwal has been working in the British film industry as a Visual Effect Artist and Sound Designer. Being a sound engineer, Sanwal works towards creating art that would reach out people around the globe, blending our rich cultural folk and ghazal music style with western genres such as blues and electronic music.
Sanwal stole our hearts with his high notes in Sab Maya Hai and proved he can carry the legacy his father created.
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