Performance: Qawwali Vocal Music from Pakistan


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by Mehr and Sher Ali

When: Apr 28 2008 (All day) until Apr 29 2008 (All day)
Where: Imin Center-Jefferson Hall, EWC, Opposite UHM Kennedy Theatre

8:00-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $15

Students, seniors, military: $12

Tickets may be purchased from UHM Campus Center Box Office; or at, Telephone 550-8457

Mehr and Sher Ali, leaders of one of Pakistan's most popular Punjabi qawwali groups, are celebrated for their vocal virtuosity and spiritual intensity.  They are noted for their mesmerizing performances of qawwali—the ecstatic devotional music of Sufi Muslims that was made famous in the West by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Their joyous singing, similar to gospel in the use of call-and-response and religious fervor, is accompanied by percussive hand clapping, harmonium, tabla (drums) and a chorus.  This music is an entertaining blend of Central and South Asian popular and classic styles.


Primary Contact Info:
Name: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery
Phone: 808-944-7584