Category Archives: MusiK East

Nazaar Eyle By Zeb & Haniya

Re-affirming their repo for bringing in the flavors of exotic lands, Zeb & Haniya maintain the strong currents of folk music with ‘Nazaar Eyle’. A folk story from Turkey, the song stands out for its mirroring of the rich heritage … Continue reading

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Nigah-e-Darwaishan – Kalaam by Sachal Sarmast (with subtitles)

The iconic Abida Parveen appearance in Coke Studio 2010 is the main attention, who sends the senses soaring with the passion of her convictions in Nigah-e-Darwaishaan, a fusion of kalams by mystics such as Bulleh Shah, Sachal Sarmast and Baba … Continue reading

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Ramooz e Ishq (kalam by Hazrat Baidam Shah Warsi)

Iconic Abida Parveen graces the Coke Studio platform this season. Parveen is well-known for her Sufi works and at Coke Studio she brings some never-before heard combination of Sufi kaafis and doahs. Unlike the rest of her repertoire, ‘Ramooz-e-Ishq’ is … Continue reading

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Instrument of change

The musical heritage of Afghanistan is finding new voices with the help of an ambitious global social development initiative. One of the largest Afghan populations outside Afghanistan is located in Fremont, California. If you visit Fremont, you would never think … Continue reading

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Music of Central Asia Vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart

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Film Screening: Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam

Jun 5, 2010 11:00 AM at the Caroline Wiess Law Building Film Screenings Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam Saturdays, June 5 and 12 Screenings at: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. Music lies at the heart of the … Continue reading

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Campus Media new schools founded in Nairobi in early 2011

The Aga Khan Development Network has a new faculty at Aga Khan University School of Media and Communications launched into life. To the new Faculty of Arts and Sciences to be associated, the school plans for new media was supported … Continue reading

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The Aga Khan Music Initiative: Azerbaijan Night in Italia

Aga Khan Music Initiative, un Programma di Aga Khan Trust for Culture

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The Light Within sparks dialogue between musical traditions

On 30 January, the Ensemble performed for the second time at Cadogan Hall, London, home of the Royal Philharmonic. The concert titled The Light Within brought an eclectic mix of sounds to the ears — the tabla complimented the trombone, … Continue reading

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Collaboration between the Kronos Quartet and the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia

The Kronos Quartet’s efforts to build bridges between Western classical music and diverse musical traditions from around the world has resulted in numerous collaborations with composers and performers who are highly regarded in their own countries or cultures, yet all … Continue reading

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The Aga Khan Music Initiative: Music of Central Asia – Vol 8 – The Rainbow

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Classical Azeri Poetry in Song, From a Team of Father and Daughter

The words Alim Qasimov sang on Friday night at Asia Society were nearly five centuries old, written by a poet from Baghdad, Muhammad Fuzuli, who proclaimed, “Let my miserable heart burn in the fire of love.” The poetry’s longing, pain … Continue reading

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India – Pakistan Qawwals Join for Music Festival

Reviving the rich tradition of Sufi music and the legacy of Amir Khusrau, qawwals from across the subcontinent will render the compositions of the legendary scholar at the place where he lived and worked in the 13th century.      A … Continue reading

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Music of Central Asia vol. 5: The Badakhshan Ensemble

Music of Central Asia vol. 5: The Badakhshan Ensemble: Song and Dance from the Pamir Mountains Tajikistan, March 2010 – In the majestic Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, poetically called the “Roof of the World”, trance-like rhythms and piercing melodies propel … Continue reading

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Music of Central Asia Vol. 1: Tengir-Too: Mountain Music from Kyrgyzstan (Various Artists)

Central Asia, March 2010 – From the mountainous Kyrgyzstan, Jew’s harps, fiddles, plucked stringed instruments, and powerful voices transmit the vibrant rhythms of nomadism and the serene atmosphere of the Kyrgyz mountains in a musical language as contemporary as it … Continue reading

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Aga Khan Music Initiative Releases Three New Volumes of Music of Central Asia

Music of Central Asia, the Aga Khan Music Initiative’s panoramic 10-volume audio-visual survey of contemporary tradition-based music from Central Eurasia, has added volumes 7, 8, and 9 to the series. The new CD-DVD sets expand the scope of Music of Central … Continue reading

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Following the music … to nowhere

By Aroosa Masroor For some reason I expected something more exciting from Salman Ahmed. But after listening to his speech at the Aga Khan University Hospital yesterday I came to the conclusion that the title of his first book “Rock … Continue reading

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