Vibrant: Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwaliwill be performing qawwali music in the Celebration Series on Nov20 and 21.
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas presents a rare offering of Pakistan’s vibrant qawwali music on Nov 20 and 21 at 8.30pm. Under its “celebration Series”, the performances will be presented by Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali as a bibute to the legendary [Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
When he died in 1997 , N Nusrat Fateh left a musical vacuum into which stepped his two teenage
nephews, who formed the group Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali. Despite their youthr they were
determined to continue their uncle’s pioneering efforts to banscend cultural, language and
religious barriers and bring to the world the devotional qawwali vocal music of the Sufi mystics of
The word qawwali simply means ”utterance ”and the music and style of performance it describes
has been a feature of Islamic culture since the 12th century. It is religious music that uses the
human voice asa vehicle for enlightenment
Due to its song folk and classical aditions, qawwali as evolved and become one of the great
classical musical genres of world music.
The group’s third album, Day of Colours, finds them coming into their own with new-found
maturity in their voices and approach. Not only does it maintain a family tradition but it also
demonstrates their identity as singers and breathes fresh life into a centuries-old style which has
become one of the glories of modern world music.
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali inventively reinterprets spiritual love songs based upon classical
Islamic and Sufi texts.
The two brothers who lend their name to the group, Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan and Muazzam
Mujahid Ali Khan, come from a direct line of qawwali singers that can trace its pedigree back over five centuries. Their grandfather was an uncle of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who taught him the art of qawwali vocal music. They themselves studied under their father and were tutored by

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