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Abida Parveen


The Pakistani artist and one of the finest Qawwali vocalists of the modern era performs a selection of traditional Sufi music with her ensemble.

Parveen’s uniqueness and star quality in the industry is part of her shine. Her specialism lies in performing musical forms that have been traditionally showcased by men – she sings ghazals and kafis in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian, accompanied by her wider band. Her hypnotic music focuses on themes of spirituality, as each song speaks of praising god. 

Growing up in the north-western city of Larkana, where the historic Indus River flows amongst the Holy Alams, Parveen’s father, a renowned singer and music teacher who ran his own music school, raised her to be equally, if not more musical. She has masterfully learnt pump organ, keyboard and sitar and her talents now lie among the 500 most influential Muslims of the world. Her music has inspired countless global fans across four decades.

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Watch: Abida Parveen on Coke Studio

Take a look at Abida Parveen's performances on Season 7, Episode 6 of Pakistani television programme Coke Studio.

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Barbican Sessions: Soumik Datta


Deep within the Barbican, British Indian composer Soumik Datta performs ‘From Raag to Reel’ on his custom built, fretless sarod (a 19-stringed instrument).

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Listen: Sufi Music

Sufi music is the devotional music of the Sufis, inspired by the works of Sufi poets, like Rumi, Hafiz, Bulleh Shah, Amir Khusrow and Khwaja Ghulam Farid.

Take a listen to some Sufi music.

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