Riyaaz Qawwali performs one of the oldest qawwalis, ”Man Kunto Maula.” Attributed to being written by Khusro to praise Imam Ali, the song is considered a manqabat , which is loosely translated as “characteristics” from the Arabic.
It’s About the Music… Show
Alda Balthrop-Lewis, Production Intern
We’re working on finding the perfect subject for a show about music. Ideas as diverse as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Sacred Harp singing, and the Sufi devotional music qawwali have been recently floating around the office.
Myself? I am always moved by string quartets. The video above is the fourth movement of the Cezch composer Dvorak’s String Quartet n. 12, commonly called American, inspired by a summer he spent in Spillville, Iowa. He said he never would have written this piece the way he did if he hadn’t seen America: its birds, trains, and long tradition of African-American spirituals.
Please let us know if you have thoughts about our music show. Which musician would you like to hear discuss the power song has to move our hearts?