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.

Sufi Music Concert

April 4, 2018 | Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Bringing the enthrals of Islamic music to the streets of Mount Lavinia, we performed a series of Sufi qawaalis, musical expressions of unwavering devotion, along with the sessional chorister and winner of The Voice, United Arab Emirates, Shahid Shabaz. This event saw us indulging the bustling music enthuses with a mélange of Hindi, Urdu, Farsi and Arabic musical pieces, backed by complimenting accompaniments; the Sufi Music Concert delivered on the need for something unique and uncompromisingly true to the Islamic arts and all that they stand for. The familiar croons of classics from popular Bollywood movies made for delightful cues of song and dance, as the audience belted and tapped along to the resonating beats.