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Music lovers get a taste of Sufi music, wrapped in jazz

Music lovers get a taste of Sufi music, wrapped in jazz

ISLAMABAD: Saturday night at Kuch Khaas had a different feel for the audience who got to hear a unique sound of music - fusion between Sufi folk and jazz.

Powerful vocals of folk singer Qurban Niazi together with the beats of the tabla and dholak and the rhythm of the electric keyboard and saxophone left the audience upbeat.

“It is difficult to highlight any of the musicians in particular; they are all so talented and highly skilled artists,” said Asifa Mir, who was among the audience attending the live concert titled ‘Upbeat’ organised by the Institute for Preservation of Arts and Culture (IPAC).

IPAC has been organising such musical events to prevent traditional music from dying.

“These are some highly trained musicians and it is a privilege for me to perform with them,” said saxophone and flute player Gerry Sholomenko who opened the concert with two of his band’s original compositions - ‘After the rain’ and another inspired by a Pakistani musical scale called ‘Inspired by Magh’.

Later Qurban Niazi joined him and sang some of the best Sufi Kalaams of Mian Mohammad Bux, Baba Bulleh Shah, Syed Waris Shah, Baba Ghulam Fareed and many other notable Punjabi mystic poets.

“The fusion of traditional folk and jazz tunes is classy and interesting. They conjure up such a beautiful sound,” said Zulfiqar Alam, a great fan of fusion music.

Band members Gerry Sholomenko, Sarfaraz Khan and Qurban Niazi got good support from two accompanying musicians - Iktedar Ali on keyboard and Fahad Hassan on dholak.

Those attending the concert enjoyed every bit and kept applauding the musicians for their perfect synchronization of Sufi music with jazz.

Published in Dawn, May 18th, 2015

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