Pakistani musician Ustad Dildar lived his entire life immersed in Qawwali music, a blend of Persian and Subcontinental music with spiritual roots based in Sufism. Ustad’s father was a Qawwali musician, and he began playing tabla himself at the age of five. It wasn’t long before he was playing with legends like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and creating his own sound. Ustad brings out the best of Qawwali, coaxing out the groove, emphasizing the unique sounds of the tabla, and using handclaps to create irresistible rhythms. Qawwali is all about lifting the heart and the spirit, and Ustad’s passionate vocals and experienced musicianship certainly do both.
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