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+qawwali MANIFESTO+

Thrasher Qawwal is the worlds first alternative qawwali band. Why alternative
qawwali music?
Qawwali music is the popularized singing of ghazals. Ghazals originated in
ancient Persia and were an oral poetic tradition that stems from the Zoroastrian
mystics well before Sufism evolved. Adept poets would recite and improvise this
verse throughout the night until blissful and ecstatic states were reached by the

poets and audience. Setar, Tars, and tablas (Persian variety) could also be heard
keeping the basic rhythms and adding spice to the mix. The content of this
poetry was woven with a metaphorical language that was said to have the ability
to open the heart and create a direct link to God which culminated in unity or
Realization of God.
During the two major migrations of Persians to North India (700 and 1100 years
ago) this form of ecstatic devotion was carried on in the Urdu tongue which is a
synthesis of Arabic, Persian and the Sanskrit based languages of India. The folk music of
Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan area and North India all had a huge impact on this
powerful camp fire ritual which integrated the call and response format of the
nomadic music which regional tribes had practiced for countless generations.
Ameer Khusrau (d.1325), considered a Perfect Master, was the genius credited for

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