Live: Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali UK Tour

The internationally renowned Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali returned to the UK this month for their first tour since 2017. Starting off in Cardiff on 16 March, they have performed across the country to packed audiences, culminating with a sold-out show at the Barbican in London last night.

Drawing on a rich vein of Islamic and Sufi poetry, Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music from the Indian subcontinent. Rizwan and Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan come from a direct family line of spiritual Qawwali singers that spans five centuries.

Continuing the legacy of their legendary uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rizwan and 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 Day of Colours.

Real World Records were also delighted to welcome the group to Real World Studios during their tour for an evening recording session where they treated us to an intimate, acoustic performance of new material in the The Wood Room.

Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan at St. George's Bristol. Photo credit: York Tillyer.

On Thursday 28 March, the group performed at St. George’s Bristol. They opened the show with a classic hamd (praise song) ‘Allah Ho Ya Rehman’, popularly associated with their uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Audiences were treated to a mixture of old and newer qawwals, in lengthy sets that typically spanned over twenty minutes, allowing for impressive vocal acrobatics and improvisations. The show concluded with ‘Dam Mast Qalandar’, received with an excited cheer by the packed audience, which included a magnificent solo by the group’s tabla player Zafar Ali Khan.

Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan at St. George's Bristol. Photo credit: York Tillyer.

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali conclude their tour tonight at Birmingham Town Hall. Find out more about the group and the music they have released on Real World Records at their artist page.

Featured release

  • Private: Attish: The Hidden Fire

    Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

    Released 10 November 1998

    The youngest and most exciting group of Qawwali singers to emerge from Pakistan —nephews of the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan— present their stirring interpretation of Qawwali vocal music: devotional love songs based upon classical Islamic and Sufi texts.

By Oran Mullan

Main image: Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali at St. George's Bristol. Photo credit: York Tillyer.

Published on Sun, 31 March 19

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