Music of the Mystics

THE QAWWALI DOCUMENTARY

BY TAHIR QAWWAL

Sufism & Spirituality

Discover the mystical tradition behind the art of the music that stirs the soul.

Music

Immerse in the highest quality qawwali ever recorded; then and now.

History & Culture

Visit the land and meet the people from which the sound arises.

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Music of the Mystics

THE QAWWALI DOCUMENTARY

BY TAHIR QAWWAL

Sufism & Spirituality

Discover the mystical tradition behind the art of the music that stirs the soul.

Music

Immerse in the highest quality qawwali ever recorded; then and now.

History & Culture

Visit the land and meet the people from which the sound arises.

The Entrancing Stories of Qawwali, unveiled 
like never before

Twenty years of filmmaking, culminating in the ultimate Qawwali documentary series. Three hours of carefully curated, never before published material.

All made possible by viewers like you, and offered exclusively here through Samā School of Music!

 

Travel with Fanna-fi-Allah

Follow the unique journey of the only Western-born Qawwali ensemble as they travel between India & Pakistan for 20 years to learn from the Grand Masters.

Serving as a bridge for greater understanding and connection, this documentary series offers a comprehensive and artistic view into the rich topics below:

The Teachings

 Receive the gems of mystic wisdom
passed down through the ancient
Sufi lineages

The Band

Enraptured with enthusiasm to learn true Qawwali, Fanna-fi-Allah's unique adventures blossom into a global community

The Masters

Meet the living legends and the masters of the past, as the group members are invited into their homes

The History

How was the tradition born, and who influenced the music to evolve to such exalted heights?

The Devotional Gathering

Experience Qawwali in its original setting, and understand the ethics and culture that support it

The People

Feel the warmth of the people who live within this cultural heritage, having cherished it for hundreds of years

The Eight Episodes

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Episode One:
Our Journey Begins

Fanna-fi-Allah's founder and leader Tahir Qawwal takes you back to the sacred places that birthed his passion for music. The group guides you to the dargah to experience Qawwali in its authentic setting. Sufi scholars Peer Asim Maharvi (Chishtiyan, Pakistan) and proclaimed author Sadia Dehlvi (New Delhi, India) offer insightful perspectives on Sufism.

Episode One is LIVE!

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Episode Two:
A Call to Prayer

Follow along as the Seekers find their Masters and are welcomed into their families, kindling a deeper personal relationship with Sufi culture. Qawwali master Akhtar Shareef brings the group to his local shrine Aroop Shareef in Gujranwala, Pakistan for a smashing Qawwali session.

Episode Two is LIVE!

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Episode Three:
Musical Pilgrimage

Nearly 20 years in the making, this feature length episode tells the story of Aminah Chishti’s initiation into the man’s world of qawwali in Pakistan. Following parallel story routes of Ustad Dildar Hussain, Abida Parveen Sahiba, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Episode Three is LIVE!

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Episode Four:
Mast! Mast! Mast!

Travel into the heart of Sufi trance as the journey finds us in Kaliyar Shareef and Sehwan Shareef, where dervishes whirl in ecstasy! An hour long piece devoted to the ceremony of the wild, wandering malangs and mystic trance. Featuring Ustad Asif Ali Santoo Khan and Ustad Sher Ali Mehr Ali.

Episode Four is LIVE!

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Episode Five:
An Instrument in the Making

Harmoniums and tablas are carefully handmade by expert craftsmen, each with unique stories of their own. Let's get up close and personal with wood & reeds that are responsible for that deeply resonant Qawwali sound. Featuring the music of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Farid Ayaz Abu Muhammad, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Ustad Javed Bakshi Salamat.

Episode Five is LIVE! 

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Episode Six:
The Masters, Remastered

Time travel back to the Golden Era of Qawwali, remastered in high fidelity. Be introduced to the legends of old, whose virtuosity and charisma remain largely unsurpassed. Narrated by the most adored Qawwals of all time, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Ghulam Farid Sabri.

Episode Six is LIVE! 

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Purchase Full Series*

$29 USD

*Episodes released monthly

  • Episode One: Our Journey Begins
  • Episode Two: A Call to Prayer
  • Episode Three: Musical Pilgrimage
  • Episode Four: Mast! Mast! Mast!
  • Episode Five: An Instrument in the Making
  • Episode Six: The Masters, Remastered
  • Two upcoming episodes, released on November 15th & December 20th respectively
  • All bonus content
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Episode Seven:
The Next Generation

Delve deeper into the complexities and challenges that face the Qawwali tradition today, and get to know who will carry the torch into the future.

Episode Seven will be live on November 15th

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Episode Eight:
Qawwali Reaches Beyond Borders

Twenty years later, Fanna-fi-Allah has blossomed into a bridge for Qawwali's cultural heritage, having shared this music and their journey within its original context to distant and unlikely places across the world. Offered widely, from the remote Dargah Bhit Shah in Sindh & Hindu temples throughout Pakistan; via Siberian plateaus to Chinese World Music Festivals & The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, this music continues to inspire people of all background to unite in devotion to the Beloved.

Episode Eight will be live on December 20th

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Join The Epic Journey!

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Purchase Full Series*

$29 USD

*Episodes released monthly

  • Episode One: Our Journey Begins
  • Episode Two: A Call to Prayer
  • Episode Three: Musical Pilgrimage
  • Episode Four: Mast! Mast! Mast!
  • Episode Five: An Instrument in the Making
  • Episode Six: The Masters, Remastered
  • Two upcoming episodes, released on November 15th & December 20th respectively
  • All bonus content
BUY NOW

Rent Episodes 1 & 2

$9.99 USD

Rent episodes 1 & 2 for 24 hours

  • Episode One: Our Journey Begins
  • Episode Two: A Call to Prayer





RENT NOW