Summer Qawwali + Book Promo
In our continued effort to bring the very best of qawwali to London, Insaan Culture Club is once again hosting qawwali legends Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammed Qawwal for a stunning qawwali performance this July. If you've never heard them live or if you were blown away by their previous performances, now is your chance to experience qawwali from the greatest living qawwals today.
As a special addition to the event, we will also be promoting a new book by Pakistani author and illustrator Maliha Abidi. The book is a gorgeously illustrated celebration of Pakistani women - from astrophysists and athletes to activists and musicians - that have broken boundaries in their respective fields. The book will be available to purchase on the evening and the author will give a short intro to the book before the performance.
Ticket price: £25 (advance) / £30 (door)
**Drinks and snacks will be available on the evening, so please remember to bring cash**
Fareed Ayaz & Abu Mohammed Qawwal | Biography
The form of qawwali practiced today was invented by Hazrat Amir Khusrau in the 13th century. A poet, scholar, philosopher, politician and musician, Khusrau defined, documented and established the Khusravi tradition of qawwali and trained 12 young men - the Qawwal Bachay - in the theory and practice of Khusravi qawwali. Mian Saamat bin Ibrahim was the leader of the first group of qawwals. The tradition established by Khusrau has been preserved for more than eight centuries by the scions of the Qawwal Bachay and is followed by qawwals all over the world today. Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammed Qawwal are direct descendants of Mian Saamat bin Ibrahim and represent the 26th and 27th generation of the original 13th century qawwals. Masters of music, poetry and rhythm, heirs to the institution of Khusrau's music, expert musicians, and the torchbearers of the Khusravi tradition of qawwali, they are among the foremost qawwals in the world today. They are known for the authenticity of their musical tradition, a huge repertoire of ancient qawwali, and an extensive knowledge of raag (musical modes) and teal (rhythm). The qawwali that they perform is the same as the one that was practiced more than 800 years ago.