Fareed Ayaz – Abu Muhammad Qawwal will be performing in major cities in the United Kingdom between April 5 and April 15, 2018. The performances will be at venues in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, and are being organized by Mehfil Arts Ltd.
“We represent the twenty-sixth generation of the very first qawwal in the world,” says Fareed Ayaz.
“We have been spreading the message of love, peace, and tolerance through Sufi qawwali music for eight centuries. The message is more important today than it has ever been in the past. The message of qawwali, if understood and appreciated, will make the world a kinder, gentler, and more peaceful place. That is the goal and purpose of qawwali.”
“We aim to bring the music of South Asia to the United Kingdom and Europe in an authentic, pure and faithful manner,” says Uzair Ansari, Director, Mehfil Arts. “We find qawwali music to be the best medium to fulfill the purpose, and are extremely pleased to be able to bring one of the best qawwals in the world today to the United Kingdom.” In addition to the shows, Mehfil Arts has partnered with local organizations to host seminars on Qawwali in London and Manchester. Titled the History, Art and Practice of Qawwali, the seminar has been developed by renowned writer, speaker and ethnomusicologist Ally Adnan. The seminar will include demonstrations of qawwali by the celebrated Ghayoor – Moiz – Mustafa Qawwal and cover topics including the origin and evolution of qawwali, Sufism, the relationship between Islam and qawwali, the music of Pakistan and Northern India, Amir Khusrau’s contribution to the art of qawwali, the various genres and forms of qawwali, the etiquette of participating in a performance of qawwali, and the essential elements of qawwali.
“It is important for us to educate the world about the rich, syncretic culture of South Asia,” says Ally Adnan. “The seminar has been designed to be both informative and entertaining. I believe that
seminars such as this one will help build bridges within people of different religious, political and cultural persuasions, and promote the art of qawwali all over the world.”