With its transfixing sound, rich and deeply rooted in Pashtoon tradition, Khumariyaan has reawakened a popular music scene in Peshawar, Pakistan, the ancient crossroads through the Khyber Pass where cultures have long come together. The traditional Pashtoon rubab is the meeting point for this instrumental jam quartet, which also includes guitar, the djembe-like zerbaghali (clay or wooden goblet drum) and Pashtoon sitar (long-necked lute). Khumariyaan’s rolling pulse and richly layered sound invigorates a tradition and reimagines folk music for a contemporary audience.
“…their smooth blend of the rubab and keyboards with a dash of the guitar will send you into a trance.”— The Express Tribune with the International New York Times
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Farhan Bogra: rubab and Pashtoon sitar
Aamer Shafiq: rhythm guitar
Shiraz Khan: percussion (Zerbaghali)
Sparlay Rawail: lead guitar and Ghungro percussion
This program is part of the Asia Society’s ongoing initiative, Creative Voices of Muslim Asia.
The presentation of Khumariyaan is part of Center Stage, a public-private cultural exchange by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. General Management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.