Mai Dhai’s humble backgrounds trace back to the Manganiyars, a caste of musicians that used to perform for the kings of the subcontinent. Remaining true to the traditions, her demure looks give no way to her prowess of capturing the audience with her wide range of rhythm, merged with the high-pitched and high-strung vocals that compel you to listen.
Mother of six, her parents hailed from Jodhpur (India) and eventually settled in a village called, ‘Haveli’ in the interior region of the Sindh province. Formally trained by her own mother, as Mai effortlessly dives into the folk melodies, she transports you along with her to the scorching landscapes of Tharparkar, home to the grand music anthems she owns for the duration of the performances.
There are more reasons than ordinarily perceptible making Mai Dhai’s debut in Coke Studio, Season 8, special and memorable: she rocks with the house-band, performs duet featuring Atif Aslam and Karam Abbas, but most of all doing it all as if it were business as usual.