Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

 // Pakistan

Leading the Caravanserai Fall 2011 music residencies are one of Pakistan’s most esteemed qawwali ensembles, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers. The sons of Ustad Qawal Bahauddin Khansahab, the legendary maestro of the Khusrou tradition of qawwali singing, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers are direct descendants of the first qawwali choirs dating back to the 13th century. Now the torch-bearers of more than 700 years of this mystical Sufi devotional singing tradition, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers will travel from their home in Karachi to share this magical musical experience with American audiences for the first time in October 2011.

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Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers in the studio.
The musicians play an accordion-like instrument called the harmonium. Photo by Shalalae Jamil.
An outdoor performance. Photo by Shalalae Jamil.
Qawwali musicians always sit cross-legged on the ground in two rows. Photo by Shalalae Jamil.
The songs are closely linked to the spiritual and artistic life of northern India and Pakistan. Photo by Shalalae Jamil.
Playing the drums. Photo by Shalalae Jamil.
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