THE CONCERT OF MYSTIC QAWWALI MUSIC
20/07/2017, 7:00 PM – Priedaines street 46, Riga
On the 20th July Latvia will welcome for the first time the concert of mystic qawwali music. The musical group “Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan and party”, the followers of Amir Khusrau Dehlavi, who lived in the XIII century, will give their concert in front of a wide audience. People credit exactly him as the inventor of the sitar. Amir Khusrau Dehlavi composed poetry in Farsi and Hindavi. Supposedly he is the author of the synonyms thesaurus “Khalikbari”, containing words in Arab, Persian and Hindi. Throughout his life Khusrau was praising humanism, tolerance and mercy.
The group “Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan and party” consists of 7 people. The group features two singers – Ustan Ali Hafeez Khan and Ustad Haji Amir Khan, who play the harmonica, percussionists (the tabla, the dholak), and back-vocalists, who also accompany the performance with hand claps.
Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan and Ustad Haji Amir Khan continue cultural traditions of Rampur Gharana (India). They are students of their world-wide known father Ustad Latafat Hussenin Khan and have been performing since the age of 7 under the guidance of elder brothers Ustad Haji Nisar Hussein Khan and Ustad Muhammad Ali. Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan is the main participant of many musical festivals and is very popular all over the world.