Sufi Sounds

Sufi street musician Sain Zahoor launches UK tour

Posted: 16.09.15

Sufi enthusiasts are in for a night to remember – Asian Arts Agency is presenting the ultimate Sufi musical maestro Sain Zahoor on his UK tour this Autumn, straight from the streets of Pakistan. A wandering minstrel from Pakistan, Sain Zahoor is self-taught, spiritual, and a true original and truly personifies the height of Sufism. Those who have witnessed him live, enthused that his performance is resonant of bygone Sufi mystics. After reoccurring dreams as a child that called him away from his family, he devoted his life to singing at shrines and gained a cult following in Pakistan and then around the world. With no manager or record deal, in 2006 he was nominated for the BBC World Music Award purely from word of mouth, and has since released records, contributed to film soundtracks, and toured internationally.

Sain performs surprisingly radical compositions by well-known Sufi poets, accompanied by percussion and harmonium and made distinctive by his raw and powerful voice. Sain is a master of the three-string Ektara lute and his music embodies the cultural wealth and soul of Pakistan’s popular street culture where he began his long journey with music and spirituality. With his small five-piece ensemble, this charismatic figure is a true holy man who makes an unforgettable impression, which is sure to leave with your hairs standing on end - such is his effect. His rhythms and voice really are sounds for the soul. 

Witness Sain Zahoor live:

27 September 2015, 7.30 PM – The Barbican, London
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Tickets £17.50 - £22.50 from here

29 September 2015, 7.30PM – Colston Hall, Bristol
Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR
Tickets £17.74 from here

1 October 2015, 7.45PM – Opera North, Leeds
46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
Tickets £12.50 from here

4 October 2015, time TBA - St George’s Hall, Bradford
Bridge Street, Bradford BD1 1JT
Tickets TBA

6 October 2015, 8PM – Lakeside, Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
Tickets TBA

Fariha Sabir

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