Dear community

It is with deep regret that Professor André de Quadros (artistic director) and I, together with the members of our Advisory Board and the working committee, inform you that the Inaugural Launch of the World Muslim Choral Ensemble, due to take place in Sri Lanka from 1 to 7 July 2020 has been postponed. We made our decision after weighing the risks to our artists and the larger community. Although we are devastated to have reached this decision, we feel the need for extreme caution. Indeed, travel bans and quarantines are already having a major impact worldwide. While we acknowledge that the crisis may lessen before July, we acknowledge that we are not in a position to predict, and therefore feel that we should not decide now, but instead give it as few more weeks, even a few months and then we will engage in finalizing a new date once the COVI-19 spread has been stabilized globally. In the meantime, the World Muslim Choral Ensemble will adopt a digital presence to continue a commitment to advancing the cause of dialogue and peacebuilding through Islamic music.

Public Launch

August, 2017 | Colombo, Sri Lanka

“Where words fail, music speaks”: once quoted by Hans Christian Anderson, the wording perfectly encapsulates the essence of Islamic song. Birthed on Sri Lankan shores in 2017 and founded by Professor André de Quadros of Boston University and Haadia Galely, we marked our debut in the public eye with two consecutive performances in Colombo. As friends, family and well-wishers gathered under one roof in anticipation of our collective Voice and new-found artistry, musical traditions of the Muslim world rang through the air, laden with naats, hamds and Sufi-style qawaalis. Having being established as an ensemble uniquely unconventional at the Russian Cultural Centre, we stepped into the lush gardens of The Sooriya Village for a second launch, exclusively exposing music of such powerful calibre to ardent music enthusiasts.