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Rizwan and Muazzam lead the Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali group, in a special rendition of an unique song - "Magic Flute"
The Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali group is a Qawwali group, headed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam. The sons of Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan, they have been performing together as Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali since the 1990s. They played their first major concert in 1998 at the Womad Rivermead festival in Reading, England. They have gone on to garner a huge following that transcends languages and continents.
The two lead singers come from a direct family line of Qawwali music that spans over five centuries. Their grandfather was an uncle of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and taught Nusrat the art of qawwali vocal music. They themselves studied under their father, who died in 1996, and were then tutored by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan himself.
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali is made up of two lead singers (Rizwan and Muazzam), five secondary singers leading the choral response and vigorous hand claps, two harmonium players and a tabla player. They perform in the traditional Qawwali style - sitting on the ground rather than on seats - which they believe brings them closer to God.
When the unfogettable qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in Pakistan in 1997, he left a musical vacuum in Sufi Qawwalis. Despite their young age, Rizwan-Muazzam have gone on to fill that space, and expand it across barriers.
Now in their mid-20s, the group's third album, Day Of Colors, shows the amazing dexterity and maturity they have developed over the years, both, maintaining and furthering a family tradition, developing their own identity as singers and breathing fresh life into a centuries-old style
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The word 'qawwali' simply means 'utterance' and the music and style of performance it describes has been a feature of Sufi and Islamic culture since the 12th century. It is religious music that uses the human voice as a vehicle to enlightenment by evoking the name of the Beloved in a quest for transcendence.
For centuries qawwali was song solely in a religious context at the shrines of the great Sufi saints. The broadening of its appeal is very much a family innovation - it was Nusrat's father and uncle who first introduced qawwali singjng at social events. To the performers, 'the Beloved' addressed in the songs is invariably Allah or a Sufi saint. But romantic love is used as a metaphor for spiritual adoration.
'These are love songs in praise of the Almighty, but the Beloved is really whoever you follow," Mian Azeem, the group's manager explains.
"The beloved can be anyone, which is why qawwali music has found such a resonance around the worid beyond Islamic communities. It transcends language and speaks to the human soul."
Edited and excerpted from the artist's official site - www.rizwanmuazzam.com
Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rizwan-Muazzam-Mujahid-Ali-Khan/104505286268232
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Presented by Pragya Tiwari
Guest Cinematographer - Vidura Jang Bahadur
Sound Recording/Mixing: Kavi Bhansali
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