Sukhawat Ali Khan

World Music Band from San Francisco, CA - Will travel up to 10 miles

Sukhawat Ali Khan is an eleventh generation Sufi Singer from the Sham Chaurasi Gharana (family) of Music that has been performing traditional North Indian and Pakistani Classical Music for over six centuries.

Trained at a young age by his legendary father - the Late Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Sukhawat Ali has perfected the art of soulful Sufi singing. His universal themes of peace and compassion appeal to audiences from around the world. Ali Khan considers music to be a sacred experience that unites the performer with the listener.

Sukhawat Ali collaborates with a wide variety of musicians – from DJ Cheb-I-Sabbah and Composer James Newton Howard to popular World Music Ensembles such as Baraka Moon and Yuval Ron. On his latest offering Laaj, he comes together with Master Bansuri player Deepak Ram to weave a magical tapestry of Indian folk music. He lives and performs frequently in the San Francisco Bay Area with many different bands and musicians including the world fusion collective Mirchaiya.

Sukhawat Ali has toured and performed in England, France, Holland, India and Sri Lanka. In the US, he has performed at Columbia University, The Asian Society of New York, The Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

In 2013 Sukhawat Ali was the headliner at the Berkeley World Music Festival with Baraka Moon.

On his latest album Laaj (Casa Ganesh Records 2013), Sukhawat Ali reached new heights while staying true to his Sufi and Hindustani Classical roots - all on a sublime canvas of East-meets-West Arrangements. The message of universal peace and love is evident from outstanding musicians derived from a wide variety of languages and cultures.

Sukhawat Ali's last album Shukriya was received with high acclaim and nominated for a Grammy in the World Music category.

Musical Styles

Sukhawat Ali's soulful singing is rooted in devotional music that has been handed down from generation to generation for over six centuries. His ancestors were Royal Musicians in the Court of The Great Mughal Emperor Akbar.

The Sham Chaurasi Gharana (family) excels in their Mastery and improvisational skills of performing Sufi music through a traditional form known as Qawwali - a high energy musical gathering in a passionate style made popular by the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Sukhawat Ali stepped into this tradition at a young age when he started touring with his father - the late Ustad Salamat Ali Khan.

After an early and thorough exposure to Sufi roots and Hindustani classical music, Sukhawat Ali migrated to the United States in his late twenties. He gracefully embraced Western musical tradition and blended it skillfully with his rich Classical background.

n keeping with his family's long tradition of musical innovation, Sukhawat has mastered five traditional styles of Indian music:

* Hindustani Classical (Ragas)

* Sufi Qawwali (Devotional, spiritual, not of a particular religious origin)

* Punjabi Folk & Bhangra (Upbeat, celebratory dance music)

* Geet (Romantic, popular contemporary style)

* Ghazal (Sonnets, ballads, lyrical laments)

Throughout all of his styles his unique signature fused with music of the west is ever present, breathing new life into even the oldest of traditions.
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Birthday Parties (Kids)
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First Communions
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Wedding Ceremonies
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Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
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Please note Sukhawat Ali Khan will also travel to South San Francisco, Belmont, Daly City, Brisbane, Oakland, Sausalito, Alameda, Emeryville, Tiburon, Berkeley, San Bruno, Albany, Mill Valley, Pacifica, Piedmont, Richmond, Corte Madera, El Cerrito, Larkspur, Millbrae, San Quentin, Tamal, Burlingame, San Rafael, Canyon, El Sobrante, Greenbrae, Orinda, San Leandro, San Mateo.
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