Iqbal Shikwa

Iqbal

24 July 2022
15:00 (Doors open at 14:30)
Albert Hall
Ages 8 and up
Tickets: £35 General Admission
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Muhammad Iqbal, was a South Asian Muslim writer, philosopher, and politician, whose poetry in the Urdu language is considered among the greatest of the twentieth century. Yet Iqbal seems a mystery and remains relatively undiscovered in the West when compared to poets and philosophers such as Rumi or Hafez. 

Salaam Festival presents a brand new vision and interpretation of one of  Mohammed Iqbal’s most famous and controversial poems, Shikwa (Complaint).

This newly imagined musical work will be written and composed by Rushil Ranjan and performed by Manchester Camerata featuring Abi Sampa as vocalist. 

“To interpret a work as significant as Allama Iqbal’s Shikwa -in such a new and ground-breaking way - is an opportunity that I am deeply grateful for. To be able to voice this interpretation with an orchestra as accomplished as the Manchester Camerata is a real privilege. The essence of the poem itself is so deeply spiritual and simultaneously so human - in the most nuanced of ways.” —Artist, Rushil Ranjan.

Artists

Rushil Ranjan

Writer, Composer
Rushil is a multi-disciplinary and genre-defying artist and composer based in London. His work across contemporary, sufi and classical music has earned him a reputation as one of the most distinctive and exciting musical voices around today. The young artist’s unparalleled ability to sew subtle strands of his heritage into the melancholic sincerity of his craft has set him apart, and placed him in an entirely new category of writers.

Manchester Camerata

Orchestra
Manchester Camerata is a registered charity working and performing in Manchester and worldwide since 1972. Be it opening Glastonbury festival in front of 40,000 people or working intimately in care homes with people living with dementia, they believe in the transformative and connecting nature of music. That connection drives them, and they work with the best creative talent to make this happen. With their live performances, they play music with no boundaries.

Abi Sampa

Vocalist
Abi Sampa is a multi-instrumentalist, Qawwal and veena virtuoso that has become a genre-defying focal point within contemporary Sufi and fusion music. Her ability to seamlessly mix different styles and her command over Western and Indian classical music have garnered Abi praise from all corners of the music industry. Having built upon her astonishing success on The Voice UK, Abi has since gone on to release a multitude of Sufi-influenced work—all to great critical acclaim.

Rushil Ranjan

Writer, Composer
Rushil is a multi-disciplinary and genre-defying artist and composer based in London. His work across contemporary, sufi and classical music has earned him a reputation as one of the most distinctive and exciting musical voices around today. The young artist’s unparalleled ability to sew subtle strands of his heritage into the melancholic sincerity of his craft has set him apart, and placed him in an entirely new category of writers.

Manchester Camerata

Orchestra
Manchester Camerata is a registered charity working and performing in Manchester and worldwide since 1972. Be it opening Glastonbury festival in front of 40,000 people or working intimately in care homes with people living with dementia, they believe in the transformative and connecting nature of music. That connection drives them, and they work with the best creative talent to make this happen. With their live performances, they play music with no boundaries.

Abi Sampa

Vocalist
Abi Sampa is a multi-instrumentalist, Qawwal and veena virtuoso that has become a genre-defying focal point within contemporary Sufi and fusion music. Her ability to seamlessly mix different styles and her command over Western and Indian classical music have garnered Abi praise from all corners of the music industry. Having built upon her astonishing success on The Voice UK, Abi has since gone on to release a multitude of Sufi-influenced work—all to great critical acclaim.
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