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Produce number of leggndry personalities,
Meeran Bux Khan.
Moula Dad Khan.
Fateh Ali Khan Mubarak ali Khan.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan,
Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan
When the unfogettable qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in Pakistan in 1997, be left amusical vacuum into which stepped his two teenage nephews. Despite their extreme youth, they were determined that their group Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali should continue their uncle’s pioreering
efforts to transcend cultural, language and religious barrier; and to bring to the world the devotional but vibrant Qawwali vocal music of the Sufi mystics of the Islam religion, Nowin their mid-20s, the group’s third album, Day Of Colors, finds them cominginto their own with a newfound maturity in their voices and a profundity in their approach that not only maintains and furthers a family tradition but develops their own identity as singers and breathes freshlife into a centuries-old style that has today become one of the gjories of modern world music. The music is steeped in Sufi tradition. But none of the lyrics on Day Of Colors has ever been recorded before. Some of them are modern. But some of the poetry is 800 years old. All are low songs in praise of the Beloved and were specifically chosen for their mess age of hannony and understanding. As
Mian Azeem, die group’s manager and producer says, “There’s a very anti-Islamic feeling in some quarters at the moment and we felt we needed to make an album that showed a centuries-old tradition of Islam that never had a message of killing or hatred or any form of negativity. We wanted a record that delivered a traditional qawwali
message of haronisation and peace,”
The two brothers who lead and lend their name to the group, Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan and Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan, corre from a directline of qawwali singers that can trace its family pedigree back over five centuries.
Their grandfather was an uncle of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and taught Nusrat the art of qawwali vocal music. They themselves studied under their father, who died in 1996, and were then tutored by Nusrat
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 as a vehicle to enlightenment by evoking the name of the Beloved in a quest for transcendence. The two lead singgrs, Rizwan and Muazzam, lead five back-up singers and in their call-and-response patterns, key phrases are repeatedly chanted to the accompaniment of rhythmic handclapping, percussion and harmonium. The lead singer adds elaborate vocal lines and the tempo and volume are gradually increased as the piece progresses to a heightened trance-like state.
For centuries qawwali was song solely in a religious context at the shrines of the great Sufi saints. The broadening of its appeal is very much a family innovation -it was Nusrat’s father and uncle who first introduced qawwali singjng at social events. To the performers, ‘the Beloved’ addressed in the songs is invariably Allah or a Sufi saint. But romantic love is used as a metaphor for spiritual adoration. ‘They are all love songs in praise of the deity, but the Beloved is really whoever you follow,” Mian Azeem explains.
“The beloved can be anyone, which is why qawwali music has found such a resonance around the worid beyond Islamic communities. It transcends language and speaks to the human soul.”
The broadening of qawwali’s appeal was central to Nusrat’s mission and it is an approach shared by Rizwan-Muazzam. Their debut album Sacrifice To Love, released on Real World in 1999, was an entirely traditional album. So was its 2001 follow-up, A Better Destiny. But they have also released a remix fusion album with Temple Of Sound. “We’Il collaborate with anyone if it is done well and expands the appeal and understanding of qawwali,” Muazzam says.
Day of Colors finds them returning to the purity of the qawwali tradition with stunning results. Recorded in four days in a tiny studio in Lahore, the passion is palpable. Performed in Persian, Urdu and Punjabi, the songs are both ancient and modern. Light Of My Life /Sayyedo-Sarwer Muhammad was written by the 13th century Persian poet and mystic, Rumi. One and only