Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan, Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan, Asuf Maqbool Chishti, Aurangzaib Ali Khan, Zubair Ali Khan, Mushtaq Firoz, Fazal Miran, Rahat Ali Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Zafar Ali Khan

Also known as Rizwan And Muazzam Qawal, Rizwan Muazam, Rizwan Muazzam, Rizwan Muazzam Qawal, Rizwan Muazzam Qawali, Rizwan Muazzam Qawwal, Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali, Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal
Members of Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali: Asif Maqbool Chishti, Fazal Miran, Mohammed Aurangzaib Mujahid Ali Khan, Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Mushtiaq Feroz, Rahat Ali Khan, Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan, Zafar Ali Khan, Zubair Ali Khan
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Discography of Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Last Gospel 4 Audio 2001-07-00 Nation Records
2 People's Colony No I 10 Audio 2001
3 Sacrifice To Love 4 Audio 1999 Narada
4 People's Colony No. 1 10 Audio 2001
5 A Better Destiny 6 Audio 2001 Real World Records
6 Day Of Colours 7 Audio 2004 Real World Records
7 Sacrifice To Love 4 Audio 1999

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali is made up of two lead singers (Rizwan and Muazzam), five secondary singers leading the choral response and vigorous hand claps (Asuf Maqbool Chishti, Aurangzaib Ali Khan, Zubair Ali Khan, Mushtaq Firoz, Fazal Miran), two harmonium players (Rahat Ali Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed) and a tabla player (Zafar Ali Khan). They perform in traditional Qawwali style - sitting on the ground rather than on seats - which they believe brings them closer to God. Last year, the intensity of their songs and stage performance led one commentator, only half-jokingly, to call them "the Qawwali Clash."

The original Qawwali repertoire of Farsi (Persian), Punjabi, and Braj Bhasha (an old form of Hindi) has given way in recent times to Urdu and Arabic. Romantic love is used as a metaphor for spiritual adoration and mystical enlightenment, drawing upon a rich vein of poetic imagery. It is not surprising, therefore, that Qawwali has become a staple of Bollywood film scores.

These nephews of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, then, come from a direct family line of Qawwali vocal music that spans over five centuries. Their inventive reinterpretations of spiritual love songs based upon classical Islamic and Sufi texts was first showcased in the UK in July 1998, at the WOMAD Festival in Reading, to much critical acclaim, and has since journeyed to the far corners of the globe.

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