|Salman Ahmad, founder of Junoon. Submitted photo|
Junoon, Pakistan's biggest rock band, will perform at Saint Louis University 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Wool Ballroom in Busch Student Center as part of the 14th annual Atlas Week Program. He will be accompanied by SLU's Astha a cappella.
Salman Ahmad founded South Asia's biggest rock band, Junoon, in 1990. Ahmad popularized a blend of Western rock music and Eastern, Islamic music that has been called "Sufi rock" and that has been hailed as a cultural bridge within South Asia and between the East and West. The band faced death threats and harassment from religious extremists and government forces in its early years, but Junoon's sweeping melodies, bhangra rock rhythms and driving guitars led it to become known as "the U2 of South Asia."
Junoon has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and has shared the stage with artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Alicia Keys, Sting, Earth Wind and Fire, and Wyclef Jean. Ahmad has recently co-written and recorded a song with academy award winning artist Melissa Etheridge and has appeared on major television networks such as CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya and has been the subject of two documentary films, The Rockstar and the Mullahs and Its My Country, Too for PBS/Wide Angle and the BBC.
Ahmad is United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. With his wife Samina, he launched an NGO called the Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI), which is dedicated to making a tangible difference all around the world in a way that increases understanding, cooperation and mutual enrichment among cultures.
The live concert is free to members of the SLU community with SLU ID card. Tickets for non-SLU members are $5 with proceeds to benefit the Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative.
For more information on the Concert or to purchase tickets, visit the Atlas Program website.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship, the Student Activities Board and the Billiken Club.