Preview: Rizwaan & Muazzam – Qawwali @ The Barbican Centre (London; Saturday 30th March 2019)

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali barbican

Qawwali is a rich and sacred musical tradition from South Asia, notably parts of Pakistan and India. It includes musicians sitting on the floor, often for hours and hours, whilst one sings devotional songs with rhythmic hand claps, accompanied by traditional instruments, such as the table drums.

Undoubtedly, the most famous musician of Qawwali music was the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who passed away in 1997. Legendary the world over, and the most popular voice in South Asia, before his passing, he trained his family members, who included nephews Rizwaan and Muazzam. Nusrat’s distinctive transcendent music broke boundaries of culture, religion and language, and made the devotional music enjoyed the world over, famously playing throughout the night one year at WOMAD Festival.

The Barbican is a beautiful venue and the perfect place to host what is sure to be a stunning, moving and transcendent evening of music.

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