LONDON: American Qawwali band Fanna-Fi-Allah performed to a packed house at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) to celebrate the sufi traditions of Islam and to support a charity that supports children affected by conflicts in the world, War Child.
The Qawwali concert was organized by student volunteers from Insaan Culture Club, a project that was conceived by British Pakistani activist and writer Yasmin Whittaker-Khan with the desire to combine a celebration of South Asian culture in London with a championing of progressive causes.
She said that it was important to reclaim the space that has been lost to the forces of cultural conservatism and extremism. She said Qawwali music has been a source of inspiration and compassion and the best part is this amazing tradition traces its routes mainly in Pakistan and India. “That’s part of our culture and heritage, we should be proud of that.”

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