Sufi Qawwali music is an ancient form of devotional music that thrives to this day in Pakistan and India. In this traditional genre the verses of mystical Sufi poets are given life through the emotionally charged vehicle of the voice. Audiences are drawn into the mood of devotion by a fierce vocal passion riding on deep rhythmic grooves.
Tahir started studying Indian Classical music at the young age of 14. He began learning the tabla. Four years later his undying devotion to this style of music took him to India for the first time. Seeking the yogi’s of the Himalayas and teaching himself Sanskrit, he found that music was his path towards the ‘one’.
Studying under vocal masters Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pashupati Nath Mishra, Sher Ali Khan, Muazzum Qawwal and various others, Tahir embodies the potency of ecstatic devotion. Every day Tahir is devoted to the never-ending knowledge of raga. From his vast knowledge, and his ability to transliterate the ancient Qawwali songs, Fanna-Fi-Allah manifested. Tahir has been the founder, leader, inspirer and vision holder of the first and only western-based Qawwali party, Fanna-Fi-Allah. His multilingual education in English, French, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Pharsi helps to bring his students and audience to a deeper understanding of Qawwali music. Teaching vocal and music theory for six years, Tahir returns to India and Pakistan every year, where he performs and continues to expand his knowledge with the masters.
Tahir Qawwal offers a rare and sacred musical transmission that all can savour. His Australian ensemble is a seven-piece group made up of talented Sufi musical artists from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Australia. On tabla and dolak is the highly talented Yama Sarshar from Sydney. Persian dancer Schirin Diba will be a special guest.
Byron Community Centre on Saturday 7pm, tickets at www.byroncentre.com $25 (or $30 door).