Abida Parveen at the Barbican Centre

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Parveen’s uniqueness and star quality in the industry is part of her shine. Her specialism lies in performing musical forms that have been traditionally showcased by men – she sings ghazals and kafis in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian, accompanied by her wider band. Her hypnotic music focuses on themes of spirituality, as each song speaks of praising god. 

Growing up in the north-western city of Larkana, where the historic Indus River flows amongst the Holy Alams, Parveen’s father, a renowned singer and music teacher who ran his own music school, raised her to be equally, if not more musical. She has masterfully learnt pump organ, keyboard and sitar and her talents now lie among the 500 most influential Muslims of the world. Her music has inspired countless global fans across four decades. (Taken from the Barbican website)

Watch her rendition of Maula-e-Kull here.

Abida Parveen will perform at 7.30pm on Friday 12th July at the Barbican Centre.

Neelofer Korotana