The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble
The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble continues to spread Sufi traditions and teachings in their music through the devotionally driven and passionate music of qawwali. Through many years of study and practice under the guidance of qawwali masters of India and Pakistan, their expression of qawwali music has become an authentic representation and continuation of this ancient tradition of Sufi music.
The origins of qawwali music date back about 1,000 years to the first Sufi mystics who came to India. Qawwali music celebrates the great Sufi mystics of old, and relishes in the love of the divine through poetry. Sung with a soaring melodious chorus and accompanied by entrancing energetic rhythms of tabla and group clapping, the divine Beloved is celebrated with ecstatic devotion.
Fanna-Fi-Allah gives audiences a glimpse into this rich and vibrant Sufi culture, to which many would otherwise never experience. The group's founding members have spent more than 20 years learning this classical art form. During their 15 years of worldwide touring, they have played at many major international festivals. They have enthralled audiences in the United States, Pakistan, Europe, Indonesia, India, Egypt, and elsewhere, with their dynamic skill and passionate musical precision.
With 10 albums already released, The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble also have provided an even greater glimpse into this Sufi world of Pakistan with the production of their new documentary: Music of the Mystics. They continue to spread their peaceful message and ancient wisdom in their music, a wisdom that is not only heard, but is profoundly felt.