KU News Release

March 9, 2010
Contact: Diana Carlin, Department of Communication Studies, (785) 864-9875

Pakistani musician to perform, meet with students during two-day visit to KU

LAWRENCE — Pakistani rock star, United Nations goodwill ambassador, physician and author Salman Ahmad will perform a concert and sign copies of his book “Rock and Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Ahmad, founder of South Asian rock band Junoon, which sold 30 million albums, is making his third appearance at the University of Kansas since 2002. He will speak to the University Scholars’ Rhetoric of the Nobel Prize class about his experiences performing at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2006 and 2008. He also will meet with student groups during his two-day visit to campus.

His wife, Samina, who also is a physician, will present a brown bag talk at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center on her work with women and children in South Asia. The event is free and open to the public.

“Rock and Roll Jihad” is an autobiographical look at one person’s attempt to use music to bridge cultural differences. Junoon performed a benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in October 2001 in New York. The band’s first English language single, “No More,” was dedicated to the victims. Junoon created controversy among political and religious leaders for playing a concert in India and using a line from the Quran in one of their songs. A BBC/PBS/WideAngle documentary titled “The Rock Star and the Mullahs” chronicled the controversies.

The Ahmads’ visit is sponsored by the University Honors Program, International Programs, International Student Association, Pakistani Student Association and Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center.

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