About

Ibrahim Dar is a Dubai-based Pakistani musical artist with a knack for celebratory electronic music. Dar infuses humorous lyrics, repetitive arrangements, and unique melodies over distinctly westernized beats to produce a blend that captivates his crowd on a primal level. His semi-concealed look features a unique mask and matching gloves contrasted by a suit vest or a blazer. The “out of place” look makes him appear larger than life, whether he is starring in one of his whimsical music videos or hyping up the crowd on stage.

Musical Inspiration

Dar’s grandparents came from disputed Kashmir and settled in a Punjabi village neighboring Rawalpindi. He was born and raised in Abu Dhabi and completed his higher education in Dubai. This blend of influences provides him with a rich range of sources to draw upon when he’s planning his numbers. However, he tries not to get lazy with a predictable eastern+western fusion style.

“I don’t flip hit Punjabi and Pakistani numbers,” says Ibrahim explaining that that’s what is expected of him as a Pakistani partaking in a western art form. The eastern influence in his tracks is tastefully musted but is present nonetheless.

“Qawali is a staple of our culture’s sonic profile. And what has always caught me is the repetition of punchline-like lyrics,” says Ibrahim. “I let the top melody do most of the work but always return to a memorable line throughout my track. I’d not do this had I not heard Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali and the Sabri brothers on repeat for ten years straight until my dad lost his cassette collection.”

Ibrahim also speaks Arabic, which he learned as a child watching an Arabic kids’ channel Spacetoon. Speaking of Spacetoon’s influence on his music, he confesses that show tunes were his first exposure to music. “Tarek Al Tarqan’s show tunes were my first introduction to music. I fell in love with the melodies, and the brevity of the tunes had me waiting for the end credits looking forward to them being repeated.” Dar keeps his tracks short to give his audience the same feeling. “It’s a good track only when it is played for the third time in a row. Anything less is space-filler.”

Style

Ibrahim Dar’s look features a mask and semiformal attire and leaves a lasting impression. His eccentric personal iconography has been witnessed by over a hundred thousand concert-goers and has become a valuable brand in the Pakistani live music circuit. Having crafted his look from scratch, Dar is now synonymous with claiming one’s individuality, and his brand resonates with the Pakistani youth inside the country as well as overseas.