Two-time Grammy winner and renowned American DJ Diplo brings his Mad Decent Block Party to capital Islamabad, in a debut performance in the country.
American DJ and record producer Diplo brought his Mad Decent Block Party to Pakistan's capital over the weekend, headlining a roster of musicians including local Pakistani acts.
For two-time Grammy winner Diplo, playing Pakistan is a way to foster good relations with the mostly Muslim country after an angry January 1 tweet from the US President Donald Trump complaining that Pakistan gives "terrorists" a safe haven.
Glad @diplo is coming to Pakistan again. Proves that things arent as bad here as shown on the media. Props to @MAJORLAZER @ValentinoKhan and everyone thats making it as well. Hopefully this helps the edm movement in Pakistan and gives our music producers more exposure. #maddecent— ~ J - Bro ~ (@joeyayub) January 31, 2018
"I think the best way we can do any kind of diplomacy with the Pakistani people is ... basically reaching out to the kids like we do at the concerts," Diplo said last month after the Trump tweet, which soured US-Pakistani relations.
He added that by having US acts connect with the large youth population - an estimated 60 percent of Pakistanis are under age 30 - "they can grow into being our allies".
More than 2,500 young people crowded into an outdoor venue in the capital, Islamabad, to a scaled down version of the event known for bringing together some of the hottest names in dance-hall, hip hop and electronic music.
Diplo concert in Islamabad ended with a loud "Pakistan Zindabad" tonight. Teens got a rare and much needed evening full of entertainment and hanging out. Pakistan and especially Islamabad needs (and deserves) many more of such events.— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) February 3, 2018
Among the headliners were Diplo's chart-topping side project Major Lazer Soundsystem, DJ Chrome Sparks and Pakistani duo SNKM, which has played the South by Southwest festival and toured with Diplo in the US.
"There's a lot of bridges being built between here and the US," said SNKM's Adil Omar, who also has a successful hip hop career and a new album and film "Transcendence" to be released this year.