Hailing from the mountains of Northern Pakistan, Wajahat Shah is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and educator who is dedicated to the preservation and transformation of traditional folk music from his region. He studied musicology at the National College of Arts in Lahore, and currently works at a music school in the Yasin valley of Gilgit Baltistan, with the aim of opening his own music school to pass on the musical traditions of his heritage.
Wajahat received a OneBeat Accelerator for his project Meher-e-Khun, a music school nestled among the beautiful mountains of the Karakorum Range in Pakistan. Meher-e-Khun educates and shares music & creative expression philosophies with future generations through a school and residency. Its programming prioritizes women in music, as women are often unable to explore their potential as creative artists due to certain societal circumstances. The goal of Meher-e-Khun is to bring positive change to the local community, providing students with opportunities to think outside the box, gain exposure to the wider world, and live out their greatest dreams and visions.