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What's On > Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali

Luton Library Theatre

Date: Wednesday 22nd March, 2017
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
Cost: 20.50 / 18.50 concessions
Booking information: Box Office 01582 878100

Presented in association with Asian Arts Agency. Part of a UK tour produced and managed by Asian Arts Agency.

A special tribute concert to the living legacy of Qawwali maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. High quality devotional spiritual Qawwali music from Pakistan touring UK arts centres. 

Popularly known as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali", he died in 1997 but his family's six-century musical tradition did not end. The legacy of Qawwali, a form of devotional music popular in  South Asia, was passed to his nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam, exceptional singers who carry on the Sufi tradition of musical devotion and exhaltation.

Performing together since the 1990s, the brothers perform songs that use hypnotic vocal repetition to induce a state of ecstasy. Backed by traditional instruments gharana, harmonium and tabla, the brothers' rich voices soar, pushed onwards by pulsing music and rhythmic handclaps.

To acknowledge 70 years of the partition and independence of India and Pakistan. 

Reviews

"One of the most exhilarating improvised vocal styles on the planet" - The Guardian