Media Advisory - World Tour of "A MYSTICAL JOURNEY" Premiers in Canada

    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - A MYSTICAL JOURNEY: Sufi Music and other
Expressions of Devotion from the Muslim World, premiers in Vancouver on
October 14th with subsequent Canadian performances in Edmonton, Calgary,
Toronto and Montreal.
    Over 60 artists and musicians from various parts of the Muslim world
(Algeria, Bosnia, Pakistan, Iran and Syria) will take the audience on a
musical journey of the mind, body and soul, enlightening as well as
entertaining through various music pieces, including qawalli's, ilahis,
kalams, and contemporary songs, with dance performances by whirling Sufis.
    Diamond Tharani, National Project Manager for the Canadian tour
explained: "This will be a spectacular show with each of the 9 groups involved
being world class performers in their own right".
    He added "Music and musicians play a vital role throughout the Muslim
world. From Indonesia, through South and Central Asia, the Middle East, North
Africa and Europe, music serves not only as entertainment for various Muslim
communities, but also as a way to express devotion and reinforce common values
and traditions".
    Some of the visiting world class performers in "A Mystical Journey" are:

    The Dalahoo Sufi Ensemble, from Iran which has performed in many Sufi
festivals around the world including those in Turkey (Konya at the Mevlana
International Sufi Concert), India, Pakistan, Switzerland, UAE, United
Kingdom, and USA.

    Choir Hazreti Hamza, from Bosnia, who perform in Naqshibendi - a
tradition of Sufi music, and have toured in Croatia, Pakistan, Turkey, Germany
and Switzerland.

    Tahleelah, from Syria who are lead by Sheikh Hamzeh Chakour, the choir
master at the Great Mosque in Damascus and one of the foremost performers of
Arab vocal music.

    Goonga and Mithu Sain, percussionists from Pakistan, whose hypnotic sound
sets the stage for whirling Sufi dancers.

    Rizwan and Muazzam Khan, harmonium and tabla players from Pakistan, who
are nephews of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

    Salman Ahmad, from Pakistan who founded South Asia's biggest rock band,
Junoon, selling over 25 million albums worldwide. He has performed at the
United Nations General Assembly and been appointed a United Nations Goodwill
Ambassador on HIV/AIDS.

    Sain Zahoor, a traveling folk singer from Pakistan whose musical
abilities have received international acclaim including a BBC World Music
Award in 2006.

    Houria Aichi from Algeria who performs chaoui music which is rooted in
the Berber traditions of North Africa.

    Khursheed Nurali, Shamshu Jamal, Taufiq Karmali and Nimet Jamal, from
Pakistan and Canada, famous for their melodious and passionate renditions of
devotional poetry in various musical forms.

    Whether bringing listeners closer to the Divine, sustaining cultural
memory through epic tales, or strengthening the bonds of community through
festivity and celebration, musicians are central to the cultural life of
Muslims throughout the world.

               The schedule of performances will be as follows:

    Sunday, October 14      Vancouver   Centre for Performing Arts
    Wednesday, October 17   Edmonton    Winspear Centre in the presence of
                                        Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya
                                        Aga Khan
    Saturday, October 20    Calgary     Stampede Corral
    Sunday, November 4      Toronto     Roy Thomson Hall
    Monday, November 5      Montreal    Place des Arts, Théâtre Maisonneuve

    A MYSTICAL JOURNEY is an international initiative commemorating the
Golden Jubilee of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan as the Imam (spiritual
leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
    The Ismaili Muslims are a community of ethnically and culturally diverse
peoples living in over 25 countries around the world, united in their
allegiance to the Aga Khan as the 49th hereditary Imam and direct descendant
of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Iqbal Ahmed, (604) 218-7864; Sheherazade
Hirji, (416) 560-2447; Amir Karim, (514) 574-3754;

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