Tag Archives: qawwali

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express – Junun (Nonesuch)

After more than a decade of study in Rajasthan, Israeli-American songwriter Shye Ben Tzur teamed up with The Rajasthan Express, a 15+ member band with a 6 piece brass section & strong Qawwali/Bhangra sound, plus multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), who subtly embellishes the tracks, to create this fresh, culturally respectful, & mesmerizing new fusion. Lyrics […]

Ustad Dildar Hussain Khan – Sur Sangeet (Kanaga System Krush)

A master Pakistani tabla player & master of Qawwali music (devotional Sufi music), Ustad Dildar accompanied the renowned Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for 30 years. Here he plays with three of his sons, including Abraar Hussain on lead vocals. More info & samples here

Kiran Ahluwalia – Sanata: Stillness (Kiran)

This Juno award-winning Canadian singer-composer (born in India, now living in NYC) beautifully fuses classical Indian, Pakistani qawwali, & Sahara desert Tuareg blues to create her very own exotic style. Also features her own Indian folk & ghazal style vocals. Also features her jazz guitarist husband, Pakistani-American Rez Abbasi, and Nitin Mitta on tabla. What […]