Holla Out: Diplo Performs in Pakistan’s Capital

Diplo performed in Islamabad for the first time on Saturday. IMAGE COURTESY DIPLO TWITTER

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All images courtesy Diplo’s social media accounts.

DUBAI Feb 28: He has worked with some of music royalty’s biggest names: Britney Spears, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Usher, Beyonce and Skrillex and on Saturday night, he rocked the Pakistani capital.

Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, created much hype and excitement when it first emerged early last month that he was scheduled to play in Pakistan. He tweeted the news on January 16 that he was to headline a concert with local talents rapper producer Adil Omar and music producer Talal Qureshi.

Local DJs opened for Diplo who came out midnight on Saturday night at The Rock Musicarium near Lake View Park in the capital, reported the Express Tribune.

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Diplo himself posted a touching message on his time in Pakistan, a country that is often in the news for violence and political turbulence on Sunday morning.

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“I spent 24 hours in Islamabad… Meeting young musicians, new fans, students, embassy folks, parents, artists, security guards, cricket players & bootleggers… I drank a lot of tea ate some amazing food and smoked part of a hash brick that looked like it could kill a small elephant. A few hours later I played a concert in the city in a beautiful amphitheater in a park for so many awesome kids that knew all the music. I couldn’t believe it.. At the end of the show everyone backstage gave me hugs and hi fives and told me it was a good time but it didn’t feel normal. I almost felt like crying because here we all were at the end of the show with our peace signs in the air at the end of the concert doing something that might be arbitrary for us … On any Saturday night.. We do it every weekend and we don’t realize it’s a privilege.. For these kids from Islamabad Lahore or Karachi or the countryside this is the first time they have ever done that and it might not happen again for a long time. But tonight everyone danced and sang together and wished for a better future and maybe it might make it easier for it to happen. Thanks so much for inviting me 🇵🇰”

Omar and Qureshi posted on their respective social media accounts images that showed their performances ending with the musicians carrying the Pakistan flag. Many social media users took to their accounts to upload images and videos from the concert of that moment, as well as to thank Diplo for coming to perform.

The sentiment echoed well into the next day as users expressed gratitude to Diplo for keeping his Twitter profile name as “Diplo in Pakistan”.

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