Sufi musicians Fanna-Fi-Allah carry the ancient tradition of Sufi Qawwali to their home town crowd when Paul Emery brings them back to the Miners Foundry for a dance concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17. They continue to carry the ancient tradition of Sufi Qawwali to audiences throughout the world, offering people a way to connect to a place of deep devotion and mystical prayer. Their recent musical adventures have included concerts in Russia, China, India, and Europe, with this year marking their 19th annual tour of America and Canada.
Fanna-Fi-Allah offer a way to connect to a place of deep devotion and mystical prayer. Sung with a powerful and soaring melodious chorus and accompanied by entrancing tabla rhythms – this is a music that celebrates the rich and vibrant Sufi culture of India and Pakistan.
Qawwali music is a passionate devotional practice in which the fire of divine love (ishq) is ecstatically expressed through the mystical verses of Sufi poets, sung in Urdu, Farsi, Hindi and Punjabi. The origins of Qawwali music date back about a thousand years to the first sufi mystics who came to India. It has evolved into an immense art form spanning hundreds of years of poets, languages & musical evolutions.
Fanna-Fi-Allah have played qawwali at numerous Sufi tombs throughout the Indian subcontinent, as well as at festivals and cultural events all around the world. They are working to keep the flame of this music alive through their performances, the personal connections they make and through a documentary about Qawwal (Music of the Mystics.)
Content and photos provided by Peter Wilson