MJ and Bibi Aysha have both done excellent posts on the concert. I was commenting on Bibi Aysha’s post and found myself getting into a lengthy monologue so I decided to blog it instead. I enjoyed the concert but had some reservations much like Nooj, MJ and Bibi Aysha have aired. Principally it was a marketing campaign, a very expensive one. I’m not a marketing person, I did some introductory PR and advertising, so my knowledge on the subject is somewhat pedestrian. Armed with this pedestrian marketing knowledge, I think, the concerts, as a marketing exercise, were very well executed. I’m tempted to transfer my two cents worth to Oasis (WIP, your earnest entreaties are finally paying off). So kudos to Oasis on that score. However, I think the Oasis man came across rather strongly against the radio stations. My opinion, it was poor PR. He was just about inciting all out warfare. Oasis does provide the financial updates on those stations he merrily slated as not allowing open debate. Those radio stations do have a substantial following which Oasis would do well not to alienate.
I think the difficulties people had interpreting the concert were evident in some of the dress choices. Formal/Informal? Hijab/No hijab? There were some interesting choices. I sat there Saturday, watching the comings and goings, waiting for the thing to start, and I realised that it was due in some part to overt and covert identities. We’re not exactly the most closely knit community, there are some deep ridges between us in some places, but on the whole we’re able to live as a communal whole because our differences are not always overtly displayed. Whether you listen to Junaid Jamshed or Sami Yusuf, or both, or neither, it’s generally a private affair. Suddenly it’s catapulted into a public arena, and we’re scrambling to choose sides.