Album release December the 1st 2014:
ROCQAWALI is a new Danish/Pakistani Sufi Rock band that mixes the thousand year old Traditional Pakistani/Indian Sufi music of Qawali with a Western 70’es style Rock ‘n’ Roll. The band play its own unique and very personal version of a ”21’st century qawali”, that ecchoes both Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan, as well as a kind of Pakistani sounding
Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead, in a sheer malstroem of soul and power.
The band has just finished a very successful tour to Pakistan in Oct. 2014. Performing at the 3 biggest TV shows, playing live and being interviewed and broadcasted to 50 million people in 85 countries. All the big medias of Pakistan has written about them and New York Times - Tribune.com wrote:” Rocqawali played ‘Pawen tu jaan’, to a head-banging, whistling and dancing audience. They reached a crescendo with the pulsating ‘Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’, displaying coordination and command over their craft”.
The Pakistani Sufi singer of the band, Ejaz Sher Ali, is the son of one of Pakistan’s most legendary music families: the Qawals Meher Ali & Sher Ali.
The four Danish band members are former long term members of some of the premier indie acts in Denmark and have since then produced international theatre shows, film music etc.
ROCQAWALI was nominated for a DMA prize (Danish Music Award) in 2013 for their track ”Ali Maula” and they recieved 5 stars in the largest danish music magazine Gaffa for their live performance at the Spot Festival in the spring of 2014. The debut album "The Sufi Rock ‘n’ Roll" is now finally ready for release
on December the 1st. at Great Music. All the lyrics are sung in Urdu and Punjabi, but as a Western listener, you can easily feel the love and passion through the powerful voice and the band.
The Album will be available on all platforms such as: itunes, Amazon. Spotify etc. The cover is designed by the outstanding graphic designer James Marsh, who designed all of the, now classic, Talk Talk covers.