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Pakistani Sufi singer Sain Zahoor returns to play rare UK date at the University of Bradford

15 September 09

The University of Bradford is delighted to welcome back the transcendent and genuinely awe-inspiring music of Sain Zahoor and band. Following the sell-out success of their concert in the University Atrium in June 2008, Sain Zahoor returns from Pakistan to play a rare UK date at the University on Saturday 3 October 2009, at 7pm.

Pakistani Sufi singer Sain Zahoor returns to play rare UK date at the University Sain Zahoor is a phenomenon. Winner of the 2006 BBC World Music Voice of the Year Award without ever having released a record, Sain's music emanates from the Sufi tradition and was honed singing in dargagh (shrines) and mela in his native Ojara district of Pakistan. Since then Sain has travelled the world offering audiences the opportunity to come "the closest anyone alive will get to being in the presence of the Sufi mystics of yore, like Bulle Shah and Shah Hussain." (Ivan Chrysler - fROOTS)

At its heart all Sufi art is the connection between our earthly existence and the world of the spiritual, it is founded on a belief that everyone is important, everyone is welcome, everyone is worthy. Sain Zahoor's music is those ideas given soaring expression.

Sain Zahoor was born and raised in a rural peasant family in Pakistan. For decades he performed exclusively at dargahs and melas in his native Ojara district of Pakistan. 

This performance continues the cross-cultural developments the University is making between the UK and Pakistan, in addition to its educational partnerships over the last few years, which has included exhibitions from Pakistan being shown at the University and recently the work of British artist, David Wright, touring from the University of Bradford to the National Art Gallery in Islamabad.

Curator of that exhibition and organiser of the Sain Zahoor concert Alison Darnbrough said: "We are incredibly privileged to have Sain and band perform here at the University again and are delighted at the continuing links between the two countries. These cultural links and partnerships are vitally important, and can break down barriers and increase awareness of cultures and countries in a way that other initiatives cannot, especially at times of political tension. They can, and do, change perceptions."

The concert begins at 7.00pm and takes place in the Great Hall, University of Bradford. Tickets from £3.50 to £14. Concessions available. For more information: ring 01274 233200 or email Tickets:

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