Usman Riaz: Pakistan’s Newest Musical Sensation

There is a new musical sensation hailing from Pakistan: Usman Riaz.  Recently, the 21 year old wowed the audience at the 2012 TED conference with an amazing solo and collaboration with famous percussion guitarist, Preston Reed.


Riaz, classically trained in piano and other traditional instruments, learned percussion guitar by watching videos on youtube.  In 2011, his video “Fire Fly” went viral and increased his recognition.  You can view another of his videos entitled “Saeen” here.  Watch out for his name as this young artist has a bright future ahead of him.


Connect with Usman Riaz at his twitter account,, or his facebook page at  His music is available on iTunes and Amazon Music, and you can read more about him here and here.


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