A young and talented Qatar-based Pakistani singer has fast been making his mark on the music scene as his rhythmic tones and melodious voice continues to attract online views as well as crowds in live performances.
Twenty-year-old Hesham Khan, born and brought up in Qatar, is an emerging singing talent and increasingly popular YouTuber.
His first composition – Yehi Pyaar Hai (This is the love) – has so far earned him over 100, 000 views on YouTube.
Though he has been singing the masterpieces of legendary Pakistani singers, his own songs can usher in new recognition and popularity for the youngster.
A graduate from American Academy School Doha, Khan has been nourishing his love for music since his childhood. “I have always loved listening to music and have been singing since my childhood. Growing up and studying in Qatar has helped me pursue the dream of making my name as a singer,” said Khan during an interview with Gulf Times.
The young talent started his professional career in 2018 when he wrote and composed his own song. “I penned and composed the first song two years ago. The song was, however, released a year later in 2019.
“My only interest is singing Urdu songs targeting a Pakistani audience. I am inspired by Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and other singing greats from Pakistan. I like the love genre in music and have plans to create some quality love songs. I like to relate my songs with the lives of people as it develops a sense of connection between the listeners and the music.”
The young singer from Doha has been gaining popularity both in Qatar and Pakistan. “My first-ever live performance was in Islamabad in March 2019 when I sang before a small audience. However, just after four months, I did my second performance in the capital city where over 2,000 people were in attendance. I was little nervous but the energy of the crowd boosted my spirits and I sang in full swing.
“As far as Qatar, I have been singing for small groups for some time. The love and reception given to me by the expatriate Pakistani community has been very encouraging for me. The biggest opportunity so far for me came in February this year when I performed in front of some 3,000 people in Al Wakra. There was a festival organised by the community and I was invited to sing. The reception and appreciation was very reassuring for me.”
Khan sees music as a means of connectivity. “Music connects people. It communicates subtle feelings. People have different inclinations in music. Some love pop and others go for classical. I personally like the love genre and will try my best to come up with some engaging songs. I am at an early stage of my career but I will continue putting in my best.”
The youngster expressed optimism about the future of the music industry in Pakistan. “There is a lot of hidden or underrated young talent in the country that has regularly been producing singing legends. I think more and more opportunities should be given to the young singers. They need to be appreciated and mentored. Audience appreciate the young singers if there is some talent and something new.”
Speaking about his plans in future, Khan said: “I would first like to finish my education. I intend to study business at university level. As far as my singing career goes, I will continue to give my best. I wish to sing for Pakistan’s film and drama industries. I see there is scope and I believe I will make it there some day.”
Regarding his early life in Qatar, the young talent said: “Living in Qatar has helped me dream of pursuing my talent. I got the chance to learn from some Doha-based Pakistani singers. I got initial recognition and appreciation for my music in Qatar.”