TRANSCENDENCE Presents Songs of the Mystics – Qalandar Qawwals

World music

Norwich Arts Centre

June 28, 2022 from 20:00 to 23:00

Mystic poetry performed in South Asian art form the Qawwali.

Led by Nafees Irfan, the Qalandar Qawwals, UK’s leading mystic singers of an art form known as the Qawwali. Qawwali was little known beyond South Asia until the late 20th century. Although there have been many good qawwali performances in the mid-1970s, it was not until the late ’80s that the music gained a truly global audience, primarily through the work of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who has been widely recognized as the finest qawwal of the second half of the 20th century. The mystics songs from 13th-century onwards are considered today part of the Sufi Qawwali tradition. These songs are of thousands of years of mystic poetry, which have been passed on from generation to generation. The songs, which constitute the qawwali repertoire, are in a number of languages. Those from the classical period are in dialects of north India like Brajbhasha and Awadhi. These dialects continue to have huge influence on qawwali in other languages. There is a rich tradition in other languages like Urdu, Punjabi, Persian and Saraiki. Group: Nafees Irfan – Lead Vocals & Harmonium Chorus: Varan Reyaaz Jatinder kwatra Pretom Saha Musicians: Manninder Singh-tabla Aslam Ali – dholak Pummy Singh – guitar Presented by Transcendence Events supported by Indus Music & SAMA Arts Network.

Venue Details

Norwich Arts Centre , Norwich