Har cheez ko apni asl ki tarf lautna hai.’
Everything will always return to its source.
A sacred reminder from the Saami Brothers as they speak about why Qawwali has endured and flourished since Amir Khusrau trained the Qawwal Bachay – from whom the brothers are descended – as the first proponents of the genre in 13th century Delhi. “We may wander for long periods”, they said in a 2015 interview, “or become distracted, but when we hear the call of what is truly ours, we can never deny it for long. We will always be drawn to the truth.”
Funoon London are delighted to host the Saami Brothers for an evening of poetry and transcendence amongst the beautiful, historic vaults and arches of St Ethelburga’s.
A group of six brothers and cousins, the Saami brothers were trained by their father/ uncle Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami, one of Pakistan’s pre-eminent khayaal singers, and a champion of classical music. Their grandfather, and other ustad, was Munshi Raziuddin, the great qawwal, classical singer and scholar, for whom one of the five lanes of Karachi’s famous Qawwal Gali is named.
Having started their training with khayaal, the challenging vocal tradition also sometimes associated with Amir Khusrau, the Saami brothers bring a strong sense of sur, a deep understanding taal and laya, and a mastery of creative balance to their qawwali practice. At the same time their repertoire of rivayati qawwali (traditional qawwali) centres the spiritual, and emphasises the kalaam, the words, of their favourite poets Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Hazrat Abdur Rehman Jaami, Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, Hazrat Sheikh Saadi, Hazrat Amir Khusrau, and Baba Bulleh Shah.
Here are the brothers performing in Karachi on the occasion of the Urs of Hazrat Amir Khusrau (vocals at 06.25): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP8p2m1L7eY
A note on our venue – a unique sanctuary of sacred beauty and spiritual enquiry in the City, St Ethelburga’s is one of the few medieval City churches that survived the Great Fire. Today the church hosts the Centre for Reconciliation and Peace – a non profit supporting multi-faith dialogue on diversity, non-violence and community-building. So, you know… perfect.
We hope you’ll join us for a dreamy summer evening of soul, love and light 💕✨🎶
Important notice: If you are unable to afford the tickets, but would like to attend, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a small number of £10 tickets set aside.
Another important notice: We will only be able to accept returns if we are sold out and have a waitlist, so please be sure before you book!
Date: Sunday, 4 August 2019
Venue: St Ethelburga’s, 78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG