Stirring qawwali and Sufi music to enthrall UAE fans

Pakistani artists Abida Parveen, Muhammed Ali and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform in Dubai.
Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Courtesy Purple Venture Entertainment
Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Courtesy Purple Venture Entertainment

Lovers of Indian and Pakistani music are in for a treat tomorrow with a choice of two concerts featuring the best of qawwali and Sufi music.

Abida Parveen and Muhammed Ali

One of Pakistan’s most prominent Sufi singers, Abida Parveen will showcase her vocal prowess in a range of traditional-music genres, including ghazals and kaafis.

She is performing as part of the Wahdaniyat concert at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, headlining a bill alongside fellow Pakistani singer Muhammed Ali, frontman of Sufi music’s most popular ensemble, Suroor.

Parveen, 62, says the UAE crowds always make her feel at home.

“I love coming to Dubai to perform,” she says. “I have always held my audience in the highest esteem, and I can safely say that the excitement my fans are feeling at the thought of my performance in Dubai, I am feeling way more than that. I am looking forward to this performance a lot.”

Parveen is considered a living legend given her four decades of excellence, and is a recipient of Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s second-highest civilian award.

She sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian and performs globally. She is also a regular on Coke Studio, Pakistan’s hugely popular music-fusion television show. Fans can expect to hear some of her biggest hits tomorrow, including include Soz-e-Ishq and Ramooz-e-Ishq, from season 3, and Chaap Tilak, her season 7 collaboration with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

• Wahdaniyat is at the Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai. Doors open at 7pm. Ticket prices start at Dh550. Visit for more details, or call 050 600 0836

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is also performing in Dubai on Friday (September 16), at the World Trade Centre. As one of the region’s biggest crossover musical stars, Khan has found success as a Qawwal and Sufi singer, in addition to appealing to modern audiences as a Bollywood playback singer.

The nephew of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat started training as a singer at the age of 7, first performed publicly at 9, and was part of his uncle’s qawwali troupe and began touring the world by 15.

Following his uncle’s penchant for international collaborations, Ali Khan has worked with artists including Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, and on Hollywood film soundtracks such as Dead Man Walking (1995), The Four Feathers (2002) and Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto (2006).

Fans can expect a career-spanning set that includes a mix of classic ghazals, pieces from his solo albums and the pick of his Bollywood playback repertoire.

• Rahat Fateh Ali is at the Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre. Ticket prices start at Dh250 from and at UAE Exchange branches. For more details and packages, call 052 964 4095 or 052 964 9945

Published: September 14, 2016 04:00 AM


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