I never heard of qawwali until Abbas Raza posted a string of videos at 3 Quarks Daily. Clearly a rich and important musical genre is well-loved by South Asian fans and needs to be better understood and appreciated outside that group.
My first career ambition was to be a high school band director and to that end I studied music education for two years. It turns out that have been the most expensive of music appreciation courses, leaving me with the sure knowledge that in order to be successful as a musician one should be either rich or gifted....preferably both. After five or ten years had passed I recovered from being a musical snob and have come to appreciate good music in all its forms.
Seems to me qawwali deserves a place in any program you put together.
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