Hamza Akram, Taimoor Abdul Qawwal Ensemble from Pakistan
Join us for an intimate evening in Washington DC of qawwali music with one of the most sought after groups of our time. Representing 26th generations of qawwali music, Hamza Akram, Taimoor Abdul Qawwal Ensemble from Pakistan will play Local 16 as part of their current US tour.
Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia. It is part of a musical tradition that stretches back for more than 700 years. Originally performed at Sufi shrines or dargahs throughout South Asia, it gained mainstream popularity and International audience in late 20th century. Qawwali music received international exposure through the work of the late Pakistani singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Hamza Akram is currently only 24 years of age, but holds within a sea of talent. He was born in Karachi Pakistan on 1st July 1992 to his luck into a family already blessed with the goods and greats of music. If we climb Hamzas family tree, we would come across his ancestors Mian Saamat Bin Ibrahim was the first Qawwal of Subcontinent and first student of Hazrat Ameer Khusro Hamza is the 26th generation this world known Qawwal Bachon ka Delhi Gharana. Hamza and brothers are an emerging artist of the country who has had several years of touring experience, with famous and much revered singers of qawwal - Ustad farid ayaz - abu muhammad qawwal & group, around the globe. His father, Ghulam Akram Qawwal, himself is a senior member of the Farid Ayaz Qawwal party.
This Gharana has produced many Ustaads like the late Ustad Tanras Khan, court musician and tutor in classical music of Bahadur Shah zafar. Hamza is currently a student of the legendary Ustad Naseeruddin Saami, who is a renowned legend of the Delhi Gharana. Performing live is another art, and the base to performing arts. Hamza is learning skills of performing from Ustad Fareed Ayaz Qawwal. According to Hamza he has power of the most different style in teaching performing skills. He teaches a lot while the performances too. Like the proper pronunciations of Persian, Urdu, Arabic and Punjabi poetry along with their meanings. He also teaches them to sing every single world correctly without crossing the boundaries of melody. Like any other great musician, Hamza is extremely honored of being the student of his teachers, for they have been a great support to him. Unlike many youngsters Hamza did not have to face family issues in his career. They In fact showed him great support at every step of the way. He specifically thanks his father for always being there and bringing him up in the Gharana.
Traditional Afghan food will be available for purchase
Local 16 (View)
1602 U St, NW
Washington, DC 20009
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|