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Riffat Salamat and Party

Sufi Music from Pakistan

Riffat Salamat is the daughter of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, who is universally recognized as one of the greatest classical Pakistani/Indian singers of the last century. Their family traces back their musical lineage 800 years to Mian Tansen, the finest court musican of the great Moghul Emperor Akbar. Riffat Salamat is the first woman from this lineage to publicly sing and carry on this tradition.

Riffat, who learned to sing from her father and brothers, is well versed in various genres of traditional Pakistani/Indian music, including: classical, sufi, qawwali, ghazal, geet and thumri. Her performances include spontaneous selections from these styles.

She will be accomapnied by her husband, Shiraz Ali Khan (himself a disciple of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan) on guitar, and Ferhan Najeeb Qureshi (disciple of Ustad Tari Khan) on tabla.


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