ON STAGE: Canadian-born performer and teacher Tahir Qawwal has spent many years immersed in the tradition of Qawwali in Pakistan.
ON STAGE: Canadian-born performer and teacher Tahir Qawwal has spent many years immersed in the tradition of Qawwali in Pakistan. aalok photography

5 great gigs to enjoy on the Northern Rivers this week

1. Tahir Qawwal

CELEBRATING a great lineage of Muslim Sufi mystics, the poetry of Qawwali looks at the universal human longing for Divine union.

Sufi singer Tahir Qawwal represents the musical tradition of Qawwali with the blessings and guidance of his teachers in India and Pakistan.

Sufism, according to its adherents, is the inner mystical dimension of Islam. Sufi orders are largely Sunni and follow one of the four schools of Sunni Islam and maintain a Sunni Aqidah or creed.

Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as "a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God".

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in Pakistan, India and many parts of Bangladesh.

Delhi's Sufi saint Amir Khusro Dehlavi of the Chisti order of Sufis is credited with fusing the Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Indian musical traditions to create Qawwali in late 13th century India.

The songs which constitute the Qawwali repertoire are primarily in Urdu and Punjabi, but some from the Mughal era are also in Persian .

The poetry is implicitly understood to be spiritual in its meaning, even though the lyrics can sometimes sound wildly secular, or outright hedonistic.

The central themes of Qawwali are love, devotion and the longing of man for the Divine.

Special guest Sangeet Mishra will play a rare Indian string instrument: the sarangi.

 

2. Vieux Farka

 

Boureima 'Vieux' Farka Touré is a Malian singer / guitarist and the son of Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré.
Boureima 'Vieux' Farka Touré is a Malian singer / guitarist and the son of Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré.

 

BOUREIMA 'Vieux' Farka Touré is a Malian singer and guitarist.

He is the son of Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006.

Often referred to as The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981.

 

3. Tijuana Cartel

 

Black Rabbit George, aka Paul George, will perform at Haven Bar in Murwillumbah on Friday June 5.
Black Rabbit George, aka Paul George, will perform at Haven Bar in Murwillumbah on Friday June 5. contributed

PAUL George (pictured) and Carey O'Sullivan are Tijuana Cartel, and they're bringing their electronic music to Nimbin. They have spent the last decade mixing in influences that hadn't yet been fused before, with a penchant for Middle Eastern scales.

Also in the line up will be DJ Future Roots and DJ Care Bear.

 

4. Austen Tayshus

 

Austen Tayshus will perform at Maleny Hotel this weekend
Austen Tayshus will perform at Maleny Hotel this weekend

THERE are few comics with the tenacity and killer instinct of Austen Tayshus.

The comedy star who first came into being in 1981 has the ability to take a room hostage just with his tongue.

Topical, dangerous and irreverent, he is the high priest of satire, unflappable and relentless.

 

5. Women Likle Us

 

Mullumbimby comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs.
Mullumbimby comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs. Contributed

AFTER 31 shows around the country, Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their smash hit comedy show, Women Like Us, to Ballina.

Briggs and Nolan talk about housework, chickens, love, big undies, disappointment, resentment, fit bits, yoga farts and being a menopausal woman dealing with teenage angst.



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