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Qawwali is the devotional music of the Sufis of the Indian subcontinen

Ustad Dildar Hussain Khan
& Abrar Hussain
★★★1/2
Sur Sangeet
KSK
Qawwali is the devotional music of the
Sufis of the Indian subcontinent. Its most
famous exponent is the late Nusrat Fateh
Ali Kahn, who was better known in Ameri-
ca via his collaborations with Eddie Vedder
(songs in the film
Dead Man Walking
),
Peter Gabriel, and Michael Brook. For
those less familiar, Qawwali is marked by
the sinuous, accordion-like squeezings of a
harmonium, powerful, churning rhythmic
tabla drumming, and ecstatic vocal wails.
Sur Sangeet
is a collaboration of Ustad
Khan, who played with Nustat Khan for
over two decades and singer Abrar Hus-
sain, who carries on in the N.F.A. Khan tra-
dition. It’s a wonderfully heady brew—the
buoyant tabla beats hit in the gut, and if
one is in the mood, the vocalizing can be
both entrancing and restorative. It’s per-
haps not the best starting point for
novices, but for those smitten,
Sur Sangeet
is well worth your entertainment dollar. (8
tracks, 77 min.) systemkrush.com