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Amjad Sabri Memorial Concert Fanna-fi-Allah Qawwali

  • Betts Theatre 800 21st Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20052 United States (map)

The RSSA and the the Pakistani Students’ Association at the George Washington University hosted a concert with Fanna-fi-Allah, a qawwali group based in California. UNIQULEU, the members of this group were not native Urdu speakers and learned this traditional art from esteemed teachers in Pakistan. The concert was in memoriam of the late Amjad Sabri, a famous qawwal ruthlessly murdered. This concert sold out a week before the event.

RSSA tries to revive the divinity in traditionally sacred art forms. At this concert, the introductory talk by a Sufi teacher lent a vital piece in most qawwali concerts in America--context. In his talk, he framed the qawwali in the way it has been been originally presented: a means for transformation.