Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

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Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan, Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan, Asuf Maqbool Chishti, Aurangzaib Ali Khan, Zubair Ali Khan, Mushtaq Firoz, Fazal Miran, Rahat Ali Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Zafar Ali Khan
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Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali is made up of two lead singers (Rizwan and Muazzam), five secondary singers leading the choral response and vigorous hand claps (Asuf Maqbool Chishti, Aurangzaib Ali Khan, Zubair Ali Khan, Mushtaq Firoz, Fazal Miran), two harmonium players (Rahat Ali Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed) and a tabla player (Zafar Ali Khan). They perform in traditional Qawwali style - sitting on the ground rather than on seats - which they believe brings them closer to God. Last year, the intensity of their songs and stage performance led one commentator, only half-jokingly, to call them "the Qawwali Clash."
The original Qawwali repertoire of Farsi (Persian), Punjabi, and Braj Bhasha (an old form of Hindi) has given way in recent times to Urdu and Arabic. Romantic love is used as a metaphor for spiritual adoration and mystical enlightenment, drawing upon a rich vein of poetic imagery. It is not surprising, therefore, that Qawwali has become a staple of Bollywood film scores.
These nephews of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, then, come from a direct family line of Qawwali vocal music that spans over five centuries. Their inventive reinterpretations of spiritual love songs based upon classical Islamic and Sufi texts was first showcased in the UK in July 1998, at the WOMAD Festival in Reading, to much critical acclaim, and has since journeyed to the far corners of the globe.
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Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Discography

Albums

7243 8 47707 2 3 Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Sacrifice To Love (Album) Narada 7243 8 47707 2 3 US 1999 Sell This Version
CDRW98 Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali A Better Destiny (Album) Real World Records CDRW98 UK 2001 Sell This Version
CDRW94, 7243 8 50789 2 7 Temple Of Sound & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Temple Of Sound & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali - People's Colony No I (Album) Real World Records, Virgin CDRW94, 7243 8 50789 2 7 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
CDRW122 Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Day Of Colours(CD) Real World Records CDRW122 US 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NRCD2007 Fun=Da=Mental* Featuring Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal* & Zamo Mbhuto* Fun=Da=Mental* Featuring Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal* & Zamo Mbhuto* - The Last Gospel(CD, Single) Nation Records NRCD2007 UK 2001 Sell This Version