Happy Birthday Khan Saab, King of Kings. #kingofkings #legend #thegreatest
Remembering the great Nusrat, #nusratfatehalikhan #nfak one of the greatest, intoxicating voices in the history of humanity, in my humble view.
Small part of an interview with him talking about the power of #qawwali #poetry
#sufi #sufism #lyricswithmeaning #maestro #divineintoxication #truegift #allarewelcome #ecstatic #mystical #transcend #love
A small part of a tribute by #jeffbuckley, which articulates what I feel ... In between the world of the flesh and the world of the spirit is the void. The Qawwali is the #messenger who leaps empty-handed into the #abyss and returns carrying messages of #love from the #Beloved . These messages have no words, per se, but at the high point of a Qawwali performance, they come in bursts of light into the #hearts and minds of the members of the audience. (Of course, by that time the whole house is either hanging from the rafters, or dancing.) This is called Marifat, the #innerknowledge, and it is in the aim of the Qawwali tradition to bring the listener into this state: first through the beauty of the poetry and the weight of its meaning; then, eventually, through the Qawwali's use of repetition; repeating the key phrases of the poem until the meaning has melted away to reveal the true form to the listener. I've seen Nusrat and his party repeatedly melt New Yorkers into human beings. At times I've seen him in such a trance while singing that I am sure that the world does not exist for him any longer. The effect it has is gorgeous. These men do not play music, they are music itself. In the true Sufi way, through their music, any meaning that is needed by the listener is there for the listener to absorb. For the true Qawwali, all meanings of the music exist simutaneously and there is no need of purpose for religious dogma. There is only the pilgrimage to the light within the heart, which is the home of God. There is only a pure devotion and a fierce virtuosity to grow wings and soar through music.