South Asian Muslim Association of Australia (SAMAA) staged a magical Mehfil-e-Qawwali on Sunday 19 March at Bankstown Sports Club theatre attended by more than 300 people.
The ensemble of Tahir Faridi Qawwal gave an outstanding performance in singing very popular numbers of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Sabri brothers.
With their rich rhythmic grooves, soaring vocal melodies and the classical performance, the performers were able to spell bound the audience for almost three hours. It was an exceptional exhibition of the ancient tradition of Sufi music.
The lead singer Canadian born Muslim revert Tahir Hasssan Faridi showed total mastery of this South Asian art with its smooth melodic overtures, fierce leaps of vocal passion & rich vocal choruses which captivated the audience.
The group represents Australian wing of world famous Fanna Fi Allah Qawwali group.
During the program, Mrs Saba Abdi explained the origins of the classical music and poetry of Qawwali while Mrs Kaneez Fatima Ali presented gifts to the artists.
Mr Zahid Jamil of SAMAA told audience about current programmes of this benevolent institution. Apart from its voluntary services, SAMAA offers various services in partnership with a major service provider Uniting in culturally and religiously appropriate manner.
These include Social Support Programme, Home Care as well as Nursing Home Care.
Mr Jamil during his address urged elders and their families to register with MyAged care so that professional services can be arranged for them. He requested the community to support SAMAA including financial support as donations to SAMAA were tax deductible.
Dr Ahad Khan thanked supporting organisations for the event including Indian Crescent Society of Australia, Edhi Foundation, Gujrati Muslim Association, SBS Urdu, Australasian Muslim Times AMUST, SadaeWatan, Radio Suniye To including a number of community leaders as well as SAMAA volunteers.
The event was supported by Multicultural NSW as well as Bankstown Sports Club.
You can listen to a few video clips of the evening at SAMAA facebook page.