FFA wins Travel Grant for Euro World Music Tour 2019!

Fanna-fi-Allah are excited to announce the award of a travel grant by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to support their appearances at 3 major World Music Festivals in France & Belgium. FFA will perform for the first time at Lands End Festival (France), Festival of Culture (France) and Esperanzah. This tour was organised by French music label Buda Musique. They are over-joyed to receive support for their travel expenses via this generous grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

https://www.midatlanticarts.org/usartists-international-round-three-grants-announced/

Follow us on Instragram #fanna_fi_allah for photos and updates on the EURO TOUR 2019 coming up in just 10 days! See TOUR page for ticket links.

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Europe Tour 2018

The Fanna-Fi-Allah tour of the UK and Europe took place in Oct-November 2018, with performances at prestigious venues including the Union Chapel in London and the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, plus shows in Brussels, Copenhagen, Prague, Berlin, Barcelona & Heyres. It finished up with epic reviews all around!

Tahir Qawwal reflects on the tour:
”Playing in London & Paris were certainly highlights for us. It was very special to see these incredible old venues lit up by the music of qawwali, with amazing acoustics, people dancing & money being thrown….. it was a beautiful scene!”.
Tahir shares - “ There is this whole other dimension of appreciation for arts and culture throughout Europe that is not present in other western countries. So we felt this sincere interest in audiences in Europe to learn about this music tradition that has a long, even ancient, history of artistic development. People are genuinely interested in experiencing a unique cultural perspective, not just going to a concert for the ‘entertainment’.” 

“I thought it was cool that in the European shows there was half/half Desis to Europeans in the audience, which we see at some of our shows in America, but this was quite consistent at every show in Europe. So it was inspiring for the Desis (Pakistani & Indians living abroad) to see Europeans being so moved by the music of their culture, and it was special for the Europeans to see the Desis expressing a lot of emotion & sentiment to the qawwali music & poetry, something they’ve grown up with and feel deeply connected to. While there is a lot of world music that is quite ‘lively’, there is sometimes the idea that music from the subcontinent of India/Pakistan is more meditative, that you have to sit quietly ……. so its different for people to experience the full aliveness of qawwali where people are dancing, crying, and really letting go.”

Tahir Qawwal describes his experience of stepping into the offices of Buda Musique in Paris, the company who published Fanna-Fi-Allah’s newest album called Muraqaba.
”As I stepped out of the elevators onto the 3rd floor department of this large world company, I was greeted by the staff - publishers, producers, graphic artists - standing and clapping in congratulations this revival of bringing qawwali music back to Paris after a long time. It was such a special feeling to have the music appreciated like this. During the time of Nusrat, world music was at its high time in Europe. But with travel having become more difficult for musicians from Pakistan & India, recordings and performances of qawwali music has been more sparse. Qawwali music is also almost exclusively presented within Pakistani communities and not often to wider audiences in more famous venues. So what a blessing it has been for Fanna-Fi-Allah to be part of this rejuvenation of qawwali music throughout the world!”

Union Chapel


USA tour 2018

The whirlwind qawwali tour of America is now complete for 2018. What an amazing year it’s been for Fanna-fi-Allah. They have worked and travelled hard to bring qawwali music to diverse audiences throughout the country, including audiences in California, Oregon, New York, Indiana, Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia & Washington! Thank you to everyone who has offered their heartfelt love and support!

@ Love Button Fundraiser, LA 2018

China!! September 2018

For the first time Fanna-fi-Allah are heading to CHINA for the Shanghai World Music Festival in September 2018. This have been a very busy year for the group who have been travelling extensively throughout the USA since May, and who will be travelling to Europe in late October. They are looking forward to bringing qawwali to new audiences and keeping the spirit this beautiful tradition alive! (see Tour page for all information)

2017 tour of USA

Fanna-Fi-Allah have just two more performances left for 2017! Following an incredible tour of the UK, FFA performed more than 20 successful shows on the West and East Coast of America, and gathering including Bhakti Festival, Eclipse Gathering and Beloved Festival.

Highlights have also included bringing Qawwali music to audiences at the Skirball Cultural Centre (LA), Aga Khan Museum (Toronto), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and a concert at the Lincoln Memorial (Washington DC). 

Thank you to everyone who came to support Qawwali music!