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- n. A person who performs qawwali music or song.
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At the introductory performance in Oswego, the qawwal performed a 13th-century number attributed to Khusrau, as well as an 18th-century composition and a contemporary one.
And, as Muhammad Najmuddin, the eldest of the five brothers who make up his qawwal together with one cousin, admits, "there are mullahs who don't like it."
Sonically these forms are more similar: the gitano of the flamenkillo is close in tone to the praiseful wails of the qawwal.
But it was Rishi Kapoor's portrayal as the qawwal, Akbar, pining for Tayyab Ali's daughter Neetu Singh that had the audiences dancing in the aisles.
Born in 1962, this young qawwal has an especially distinctive tone and vocal range which in many ways recall those of his illustrious predecessor, whose compositions he often revives.