Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Qawwali Sham Sufi at the Tricycle

Last night I went to see the Afghan Qawwali Sham Sufi group at London's Tricycle Theatre. A predominantly Pakistani artform, this Afghan outfit exhibits only minor differences, such as using a transverse flautist, and the tabla player wearing bells on his wrist. The alaps (introductory vocalisations) seemed fairly short and the vocal extemporisations were increasingly subsumed into the riotous, intoxicatingly rhythmic pursuit of some sort of delirium, be it spiritual or artistic. Here's some toob footage of a gig the group performed in Scotland last year:

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