Torchbearers of the Qawwali tradition
Following an acclaimed show at St George’s Bristol in 2017, the internationally renowned Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwals return for an evening of majestic and entrancing Sufi music.
Pre-Concert Talk: Julian Baggini joined by Rizwan and Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan
Free to bookers of the main concert | 6.30pm | Main hall
Philosopher Julian Baggini talks to brothers Rizwan and Muazzam about the Qawwali musical tradition they hail from.
Drawing on a rich vein of Islamic and Sufi poetry, Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music from the Indian subcontinent and Rizwan-Muazzam come from a direct family line of spiritual Qawwali singers that spans five centuries.
Continuing the legacy of their legendary Uncle, Qawwali maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rizwan-Muazzam are the contemporary torchbearers of this rich musical tradition. Performing together since the late 1990s, the brothers’ have developed a devoted worldwide following with their exceptional live shows and acclaimed albums, including A Better Destiny and Days of Colour.
Recent highlights have included performances at the Commonwealth Games, Australia, in April 2018, and an exciting new collaboration with Susheela Raman in Abu Dhabi. The group have also been working on new material, so you can expect new music alongside Qawwali classics, as Rizwan-Muazzam continue to push the boundaries of the genre.
Their imaginative reinterpretation of classic Sufi texts breathes fresh life into this rich centuries old tradition.
Presented in association with Asian Arts Agency
Part of a UK tour produced and managed by Asian Arts Agency