FARID AYAZ QAWAL & GROUP
Presented by SAMA Arts Network in association with the BAGRI FOUNDATION.
Farid Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwals and brothers belongs to the best known gharana of Qawwali, namely: 'Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana' of Delhi. This school, approximately 705 years old, was started by Saamat bin lbrahim, the principal student of Hazrat Amir Khusrau. This eminent Gharana has produced famous Ustads like the late Ustad Tanras Khan, court musician and tutor in classical music Itabrader Shah . In the present generation of this Gharana are Farid Ayaz al-Hussein and party, nationally and internationally acclaimed as one of the best Qawalls of the sub-continent.
Farid Ayaz started his training in classical music at a young age under the rigorous and critical tutelage of his late father Ustad Raziuddin, who himself was an outstanding classical musician and a recipient many honors. Farid Ayaz is an accomplished musician in the genre of classical music and also in the traditional classical raag. He has been performing professionally for the last 30 years and performing extensively around the world.
Fareed Ayaz has total mastery over various genres of classical music such as dhrupad, khayal, tarana, thumria and dadra which he blends beautifully during his performances of Qawwali. His mastery over classical music was acclaimed at the all Pakistan music conference annual festival (Feb 2005 ), where he was invited to perform as a classical singer and not a Qawwal.
Farid Ayaz is well versed in several languages and can ably perform in Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Pushto, Hindi, Poorbi, Bangla Marathi, Persian Arabic and Turkish, in addition to Japanese.
Farid Ayaz Lead Singer/ Harmonium
Abu Mohammed 2nd Lead singer/ Harmonium
Ghulam Akram vocal/ chorus
Ali Akbar vocal/ chorus
Gayoor Ahmed Alhassani - Percussion/table/dholak
Mubark Hassan Haris – Percussion tabla/dholak
Zarar Ahmed chorus
Ghulam Mustafa chorus
Muhammad Shah chorus