Sufi maestro Sain is coming to Brum

Friday 21st August 2015 05:00 EDT

Sain Zahoor, the world-renowned Sufi musician, is to perform at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall next month.

Singing into his three-stringed ‘Tumbi’, Zahoor, pictured, will be accompanied by a five-piece ensemble of flute, harmonium, table and dhol drums. Born and raised in a rural peasant family, Zahoor performed for decades and honed his craft at holy shrines in his native Ojara district of Pakistan. Now 78, Zahoor started singing at the age of 5 and left home when he was 10. He roamed the Sufi shrines of Sindh, Punjab, making a living through singing kalams. 

Sacred scriptures of Islam, kalams are sung with passion and power intended to give the listener an opportunity to experience the mysteries of God. 

Richard Hawley, Head of Artistic Programming at the Symphony Hall, said seeing Zahoor perform “will be an incredible experience, not only for existing fans, but also for new audiences.”

Award-winning Sain Zahoor will be performing at Symphony Hall on Wednesday 30th September from 8.30pm. For more information visit

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