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

2 June 10


Sulfi singer Sain Zahoor

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 at the University in 2008, Sain Zahoor returns from Pakistan to play a rare UK date at the University on Friday, 11 June, 2010.

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.'

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 at the University continues the cross-cultural links the University is making between the UK and Pakistan, in addition to its educational partnerships it has been developing with Universities over the last few years.

Curator of that exhibition and one of the country ambassadors for Pakistan Alison Darnbrough said: "These cultural links and partnerships are very important.  They 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 change perceptions and encourage people to forge working relationships that might otherwise not happen."

Zahoor's live performances are legendary: 'It is impossible not to feel overwhelmed by the passion by which Zahoor delivers the sacred verses. Despite the linguistic barrier, the spiritualism of his performance is palpable. Every few minutes another audience members succumbs to the pull of Zahoor's music, head shaking in euphoric disbelief, fingers tapping invisible tabla. Dancing throughout, and each song expressing a different feeling towards or about love, life and God, this was a memorable, exquisite experience.' Lucy Basing & Rory O' Connor  Songlines Review of June 2008.

Performance at the University of Bradford

The concert begins at 7.30pm and takes place in the Atrium, University of Bradford. Tickets £7

Information: 01274 233200 or theatre@bradford.ac.uk

2 June 10

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