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Bayaan crowned winner of Pepsi Battle of the Bands season 3

The results of Pepsi Battle of the Bands season 3 are in! You’ve crowned Bayaan as the winner! Formed in 2015, Bayaan’s story can be traced back to the jam sessions of a music show. It was during these jam and recording sessions that the future members of the band - all college students at the time - met and became fast friends. The five-member band, which believes in producing original content, takes inspiration from different genres of music. From Mehdi Hassan to Dream Theater, Junoon, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and Sound Garden — the playlists of the band members are as diverse as they are. The band comprises of Asfar Hussain on vocals, Haider Abbas on bass, Shahrukh Aslam and Muqueet Shahzad on guitars, and Mansoor Lashari on drums. While Asfar Hussain has an undergraduate degree in musicology, the rest of the band members are self-taught. Bayaan has consistently grown throughout their journey on season 3 of Pepsi Battle of the Bands. Their opening act was their powerful original, “Farda”, and they made it an easy decision for the judges to shortlist them for the top 8. However, as the season progressed, Bayaan would end up in bottom 2 - in 3 out of the 4 knock-out episodes! Yet, the band would make a powerful comeback - be it with their originals - such as the soulful “Raaz-e-Fitna” or a powerful rendition of Junoon’s “Azaadi”. One of the band’s most defining qualities is their strong and moving songwriting. Penned in Urdu, the gritting lyrics of their songs tend to mesmerize music-lovers. Bayaan has showcased 5 original songs through the course of the show’s 3rd season (“Farda”, “Raaz-e-Fitna”, “Tou ka hua”, “Hum Nadaan”, “Paani aur mitti”, “Nahin milta”), showing their ability to make wonderful original music.

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