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Concerts & Events

Wednesday, November 17, 2021  ·  8:30 PM CST

Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers

with special guest DJ Ase Wonder

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM.

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Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers

Pakistan's Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers, grandsons of the revered Munshi Raziuddin, have been acclaimed for their riveting interpretations of qawwali, the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This award-winning ensemble represents the 26th generation of the seven centuries-old Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana of Delhi founded by Saamat bin Ibrahim, the first qawwal of the subcontinent and principal student of mystic Amir Khusrau. Hamza has studied with the renowned Naseeruddin Saami, as well as with his uncle, Farid Ayaz Qawwal, with whom he and his brothers have toured. The ensemble builds a state of ecstasy through rhythmic handclapping, drumming and powerful vocals (similar to gospel in its call-and-response manner), and performs songs that range from 13th century mystical Persian poems to more recent Punjabi poems that speak of the intoxication of divine love.

DJ Ase Wonder

Ase Wonder (Asad Ali Jafri) is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, and community organizer. Using a grassroots approach and global perspective, Asad connects artists and communities across imagined boundaries to create meaningful engagements and experiences. Asad has been DJing for over 20 years under the aliases Man-O-Wax and Ase Wonder, searching the globe for soulful and funky selections. He has toured as a DJ to over a dozen countries, often collaborating with other musicians and performance artists. Asad has also directed a number of hip hop theater productions including Turntable Dhikr, Bollywood Breaks, and Footsteps in the Dark.