Riyaaz Qawwali performs the gripping music style called Qawwali or Sufi Music. The qawwali singers represent the diversity and plurality of South Asia.
The ensemble‘s musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and represent multiple religious and spiritual backgrounds. Trained in eastern and western classical music, the members have been professionally performing qawwali for the past 15 years with a mission to expose qawwali to new audiences, while still paying homage to traditional qawwali that has been in existence for over 700 years.
Combining their music with poetry from famous South Asian poets of multiple linguistic and religious backgrounds Riyaaz Qawwali creates a universal message of oneness. Riyaaz Qawwali also uses numerous languages – including Urdu, Punjabi, Persian, Gujarati, and Hindi – to represent the linguistic and cultural diversity that exists in South Asia.
The performances by Riyaaz Qawwali are funded in part by Black Rabbit Audio.