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  • A night of Qawwali with Farid Ayaz group

    KARACHI: The scent of rose petals was wafting out of the Napa auditorium past midnight where the stage was set for a night of qawwali performance by Fariduddin Ayaz, Abu Muhammad and group on Saturday...

    A tradition which Napa began last year of qawwali followed by a sumptuous Sahri during Ramazan and having received positive feedback, Napa decided to continue with it this year as well...

  • Little Afghan Messi fan not giving up on meeting idol

    KABUL: The five-year-old Afghan boy who won the Internet's heart when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey is still eager to meet the Argentine football superstar, he told AFP Friday...

    Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family to Kabul this week to receive two jerseys autographed by Messi and presented to the young fan by UNICEF
  • Bethlehem fetes Palestinian Arab Idol singing hero

    BETHLEHEM: Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated in Bethlehem after a young singer from the occupied West Bank city became the second Palestinian to win the Arab Idol television song contest...

    Yacoub Shaheen, the 23-year-old son of a Syriac Christian carpenter, on Saturday night won the pan-Arab singing competition, defeating a fellow Palestinian and a Yemeni in the finals filmed in Lebanon...

  • 'Idol' singers — Japan's obsession with minor girls

    She is a so-called “idol” singer, common in Japan, where rights groups have complained that society's sometimes permissive view of the sexualisation of young girls puts minors at risk...

    Idol Tama Himeno, who has performed on stage since the age of 16, says the men attending her shows worship the performers and crave communication with young girls that they cannot get elsewhere...

  • Qawwali and the love of divine

    And Akram was pleased to inform the audience that his previous performances at T2f had adhered to the more traditional aspects of qawwali with Sunday night’s performance being no exception...

    ”Grandsons of Munshi Raziuddin, renowned qawwal and classical musician, who has trained shining stars such as the Saami Brothers in qawwali and classical music, the Akram Brothers are on the way to finding their distinct voice...

  • Napa to hold workshop on qawwali on 9th

    KARACHI: A workshop exploring the genre of qawwali will be held at the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) on July 9, announced Ustad Nafees Ahmad at a press conference on Thursday...

    As qawwali is considered to be the epitome of pluralism, tolerance and love, the workshop is a step towards making the intricacies of the musical genre easy to understand by the public...

  • Qawwali institute named after Amjad Sabri

    KARACHI: It was heartening to see almost the entire family of Amjad Sabri, the distinguished qawwal who was shot dead last year on June 22, to turn up at an event held in his memory on Thursday night at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi...

    Addressing the audience, after Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammad had performed two beautiful pieces of qawwali, the minister of culture Syed Sardar Shah lamented that Sabri was being referred to as...

  • ‘Qawwali is a celebration of love’

    KARACHI: Thriving for almost 32 centuries, the rich historical tradition of Qawwali was the topic of a workshop at the National Academy of Performing Arts on Sunday...

    “Qawwali is a celebration of love, nothing more, nothing less,” began Adnan...

  • Adnan Sami sings his first qawwali for Bajrangi Bhaijaan

    According to Times of India, Adnan Sami Khan will also lend his vocals to one song, which will be the first qawwali of his career...

    "Salman called and said, 'Bro, there is this particular song and it's a qawwali and I'd really love you to sing it,'" shared Sami with Times of India, "I loved the challenge as I have never sung a qawwali before...

  • Qawwali star Sabri gunned down in Karachi

    The 40-year-old Sabri, son of qawwali maestro Ghulam Farid Sabri, was heading to a private TV channel to perform in its Ramazan transmission when he was sprayed with bullets, police said...

    The killing was carried out on a day when the law enforcement agencies had claimed to have beefed up security in the wake of the kidnapping of the Sindh High Court chief justice’s son, Advocate Awais Ali Shah...

  • Heartache of the subcontinent — An ode to Qawwali

    —Naziri NishapuriWhat is the culture of Pakistan? Is it the same old people's culture of the subcontinent, or is it the culture of the state of Pakistan?If Pakistan does have a distinct culture, what sway does Qawwali hold in this distinct milieu?How would you fit a musical tradition — which is heavily influenced by syncretic mysticism and stretches back to 700 years — in a culture, which is supposed to be pure of all the heresies of the past...

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