MEHR ALI & SHER ALI - QAWWALI, THE ESSENCE OF DESIRE (LP)
A: Man Kunto Maula (16:47)
B: Maro Nara Haideri, 'y a Ali (15:55)
Qawwali is a syncretic musical form of South Asian heterodox Islam, as the unorthodox doctrines of Sufis, a group of ascetics and mystics, are labelled. The term is derived from the Arabic Qaul (meaning speak, creed, or word) and refers both to a musical genre of India and Pakistan and to its performance. Conveying the message of Sufi poetry through religious song, Qawwali is performed by a group — the Qawwal — of 3 to 13 professional male musicians.
Mehr Ali and his brother Sher Ali belong, like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, to the Qawwali school known as Panjabi ang. One of the surprising features of their approach is the simultaneous use of several languages (one verse might be in Farsi, another in Arabic, part of another in Punjabi and the last in Urdu) for obvious purposes of communication, arising no doubt from the particular history and geography of the Punjab.