Natasha Noorani represented Pakistan in Germany this August as the only musician from the country for the fifth annual Goethe Talents Programme 2019. She was one of 10 musicians from across the world to participate in the 10-day Goethe Talents Scholarship, that took place in Berlin.
The Goethe Talents Programme 2019 aims to support and connect young, aspiring musical artists including singer-songwriters, composers and DJs. A cooperation between the Goethe-Institut and Pop-Kultur, the scholarship will offer a variety of activities to experience the ‘music city’ that is Berlin before the actual festival. Indeed, the scholarship is directed at musicians between 20 and 30 years of age who have already gained some experience in the field of music and have a solid grasp of the English language.
Natasha Noorani, selected via the worldwide network of Goethe-Institut, is a Lahore based singer-songwriter, playback singer, festival director and music promoter. As a musician, her music lies somewhere between the realms of contemporary R&B, neo-soul and progressive rock which can be heard in her debut EP Munaasib (2018). Noorani has also collaborated with various Pakistani acts including Strings, Biryani Brothers, Ali Suhail, Sikandar Ka Mandar & Gentle Robot.
Currently pursuing a MMus in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Noorani also featured in the summer blockbuster film, Baaji, on the song Ye Aaj Mujh Ko Kya Hua. Noorani has also been deeply involved in the Pakistani music industry having co-founded South-Asia’s premiere music festival, Lahore Music Meet (LMM). Most recently, Noorani served as General Manager for the Pakistan’s leading music platform, Coke Studio Pakistan (Season 10) and has managed South-Asian pop duo, Strings.