Sounds of Los Angeles: Qawwali

It was wonderful to hear Qawwali as part of the music series Sounds of LA put together by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It is no doubt a celebration of multiculturalism in LA. Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music, which has roots in India and Pakistan, competes with many other popular musical genre from east and west, yet some how has managed to survive and found a new fan base. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the best-known Pakistani Qawwal with a deep resonating voice helped to take this music genre to a newer younger audience and musicians. His music found its way into both Bollywood and Hollywood films