KARACHI/JAMSHORO: The Kentucky Winders, one of America’s top bluegrass bands, rocked the house at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. Led by Nikos Pappas (fiddle), the band includes Seth Folsom (banjo and guitar), Nick Lloyd (bass player) and Jesse Wells (guitar, banjo).
Bluegrass is a genre of American country music that hails mostly from the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States.
Bluegrass is a mixture of traditional English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh music, while African-American jazz also contributed greatly to its development
Later, the band also jammed with the Sketches, a sufi rock band, and met the Pakistan US Alumni Network (PUAN) members. The band is visiting Pakistan courtesy of the US Consulate General in Karachi.
“A love for music is something that unites people across cultures and backgrounds,” said Mark Kendrick, Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate General in Karachi. “When we listen to each other’s music, we learn more about each other, and that is what our public diplomacy programmes are all about.”
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."