An evening of live Qawwali-fusion by the Southasia Ensemble

Midlands Arts Centre

A special, free evening of live Qawwali fusion from the Pakistan-based Southasia Ensemble – featuring Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers and Ahsan Bari Music.

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Come and enjoy a special evening of music, with Coke Studios vibes, from the Southasia Ensemble – featuring Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers and Ahsan Bari Music.

To celebrate the start of Birmingham Weekender 2017, MAC and Sampad are delighted to host a surprise evening of live ‘Qawwali-fusion’ from hugely talented Pakistan-based group, the Southasia Ensemble.

Their fresh and exciting approach blends traditional Qawwals with modern musical sounds, and their captivating performances have delighted audiences around the world.

The group boasts an impressive musical lineage, including close family links to pre-eminent Qawwali artists, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad who received a rapturous response at this year’s BBC Proms.

Join us for a memorable and soul-stirring evening!

Get a flavour of the group in action here!

You can also benefit from an exclusive discount to the enchanting aerial-dance production Sari by the internationally-renowned Daksha Sheth Dance Company, which takes place at MAC on Sunday 24 Sept, as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.

Presented by Salt Arts in association with Midlands Arts Centre and Sampad for Birmingham Weekender and Utsav 2017. Supported by the British Council.

PHOTO: Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers join the Southasia Ensemble and add to the richness of the sound with their traditional qawwali. Courtesy of Salt Arts.

About Qawwali

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music with a tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. The rise in its contemporary mainstream popularity can largely be attributed to the late, great Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who is widely credited with introducing Qawwali to international audiences.

Qawwalis tend to begin gently and build steadily to a very high energy level in order to induce hypnotic states and a sensation of the sublime, both among the musicians and within the audience.

About the group

Ahsan Bari – Music Director / Lead
Ahsan Bari studied various musical genres at the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi. He has been working as a musician and composer for the last ten years, and is now an active avant-garde music producer and director.

Gul Muhammad – Sarangi
Great grandson of the subcontinent’s most skilled sarangi player, Ustad Ghulam Muhammad, Gul is preserving the dying art of sarangi playing in Pakistan. Well-versed in fusing traditional and contemporary sounds, he is a key member of Sounds of Kolachi, Pakistan’s leading multi-genre musical ensemble.

Waqas Hussain – Sitar
Sitar sensation Waqas Hussain is the son of Pakistan’s eminent sitar player Imdad Hussain and a 7th generation musician of the Senia Gharana. He is credited for introducing contemporary approaches to the world of sitar. His style ranges from rock and blues to jazz and world music.

Hamza Akram – Lead Qawwal
Lead qawwal for the Hamza Akram Qawwal And Brothers troupe, Akram belongs to the 26th generation of Qawwals who can trace their lineage back to Sufi poet, Hazrat Amir Khusro. He strives to keep this family tradition alive by adding a contemporary edge to his art and catering to the modern day listener.

Taimoor Khan – Qawwal
An essential member of the Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers troupe, Taimoor Khan has performed with his brothers in multiple national and international collaborations.

Abdul Muhammad – Qawwal
Muhammad is the third member of the Hamza Akram Qawaal and Brothers troupe, and works with his brothers to promote the culture of sufism across the world through their art.

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