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Published on Oct 30, 2010
Pakistani rock band , Junoon's founder, Salman Ahmad has composed and recorded a special song for Pakistan Flood relief called "Open Your Eyes".
Ahmad a UN goodwill ambassador has been brilliantly supported in this humanitarian effort by Peter Gabriel, founder of British rock band Genesis .
Gabriel , who has sold over 100 million albums and is a Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductee also previously collaborated with Pakistani Qawwali maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
"Open Your Eyes" also features the extremely popular and talented American singer Alison Sudol (A fine frenzy) who is nominated for a Grammy award for best upcoming artist.
Salman and his wife Dr. Samina are launching "Open your eyes" for Pakistan, Nov 2 , to be downloaded from digital music sites globally. Each dollar for download will go to Pakistan flood relief through their charity organisation ,Salman and Samina Global Wellness initiative www.ssgwi.org
Samina who previously sang on Junoon's song Azadi for the film on Quaid-e-azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah has also provided special background vocals on Open Your Eyes.
SSGWI is currently reaching out to all media and publications to feature a story on this unique cross cultural collaboration for Pakistan.
SSGWI's intention is for "Open Your Eyes" to help bring focus on Pakistan's plight and the urgent need to rebuild lives ravaged by the unrelenting floods. (For a short 3 minute docu on the impact of the floods on Pakistan,pls type in SSGWI on youtube)
OPEN YOUR EYES (Salman Ahmad with Peter Gabriel)
Music and Lyrics: Salman Ahmad
English elements and additional arrangement ideas by Peter Gabriel
Lead Vocals: Salman Ahmad and Peter Gabriel
Backing vocals: Alison Sudol and Samina
Synthesizer Keyboards ,and Celeste- Peter Gabriel
Tablas- Samir Chatterjee
Bass Guitar & Sitar-John Alec
Drums ,Doumbek and Dhol -Sunny Jain
Acoustic , Electric Guitars, Keyboards and Harmonium- Salman Ahmad