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Recording an album produced by Mark Howard on the 2nd-9th of July, 2015 in Copenhagen / Denmark
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Hi we are Rocqawali, and we play Sufi Rock.

We mix 1000 year old traditional Qawali music from Pakistan and India with Western Rock’n’roll.

Rocqawali is a mix of 2 genres but also a meeting of 2 cultures bringing the message of Peace, Love and Friendship which is needed in these times.

We have been very fortunate to meet the world renowned producer Mark Howard.
Mark has produced artists such as: Bob Dylan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Neil Young, Tom Waits, U2, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Daniel Lanois and contributed immensely to the creative works of these amazing artists.

So with our Producer Mark Howard, lots of hard work and the bands diverse talent we are aiming to make Rock History ☺

We are scheduled to record our new CD on July 2nd-9th, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Through this project on KickStarter, we are inviting you to be a part of our creative journey. 

Rocqawali are financing this project through private investments 50%the bands personal investments 35% and the support from all of you via this KickStarter campaign 15%

The amount we're asking for will cover: Pre-Production cost, Studio fees, Production expenses, Mixing and Mastering etc.

Who is Rocqawali

ROCQAWALI a truly unique band. It's a Danish/Pakistani Sufi Rock band that mixes the 1000 year old traditional Pakistani Sufi music of Qawali with a Western 70’s style Rock‘n’Roll. The band play its own highly electrified, and very personal version of a ”21st century Qawali”. 

Rocqawali build bridges, not only between music traditions, but also between 2 cultures that really need to meet on positive ground these days. The message of the band is the Sufi message of peace, joy, respect and harmony between all mankind and all religions. 

Rocqawali have now been given the amazing opportunity to work with the world renowned producer/engineer Mark Howard on their second album. Mark Howard has worked with the likes of: Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan, Neil Young, Tom Waits, R.E.M, Iggy Pop, Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Marianne Faithfull, and many more. 

The recording of the second album will take place in Denmark on July 2nd - 9th, 2015, where Mark Howard will team up with Rocqawali after the band returns from the Russian Muzenergo Tour, June 2015, where they are featured as the headliner. 

The second Rocqawali album, will be in line with our first album; ”The Sufi Rock’n’Roll” - an electrifying blend of Sufi music and rock’n’roll, but now with a more experienced band and a great Producer to match our ambitions. 

The Band Members of Rocqawali

Ejaz Sher Ali is the Pakistani Sufi singer of the band. He is the son of one of Pakistan’s most legendary music families: the Ustad Qawals Meher Ali & Sher Ali. His family group is not only famous and performing all over Pakistan, but in fact they have performed all over the world through the last 30 years.

Ejaz Sher Ali - Vocals
Ejaz Sher Ali - Vocals

Stephan Grabowski is the Danish drummer and founder of the band. He has worked with a long string of the biggest names in Danish music through the last 30 years and he has made 7 albums in his own name as a songwriter and theater composer with international shows to his credit. Stephan produced the first album together with Tomas Nesborg.

Stephan Grabowski - Drums
Stephan Grabowski - Drums

Jonas Stampe is the Danish/ Pakistani guitarist and citar player of the band. He was educated shortly by Ravi Shankar in India and Sher Ali in Pakistan. He has toured most of the world as a musician with especially Pakistani and Indian artist’s, but also as “Snöleoparden”, - his own alter ego. 

Jonas Stampe - Guitar
Jonas Stampe - Guitar

Tin Soheili was born in Tehran/Iran. He has left his mark on the international music scene as film composer, studio and touring musician globally in recent years. He plays many string instruments, such as the sitar, oud, saz, setar, ronroco, mandolin and dilruba he has contributed, composed and produced music on more than 100 film, TV, Modern Dance and Theater productions.

Tin Soheili - Guitar
Tin Soheili - Guitar

Rocqawali’s first album “The Sufi Rock’n’Roll” was released in late 2014 followed by a very successful Pakistani tour in Oct. 2014. Performing at the 3 biggest TV shows in Pakistan, playing live and being interviewed and broadcast to 50 million people in 85 countries. 

Tribune.com (International New York Times) 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”. Rocqawali was nominated for a DMA award, (Danish Music Award – The Danish Grammy), for their track ”Ali Maula”, and the band received 5 stars in the largest Danish music magazine Gaffa for their live performance at the Spot Festival in the spring of 2014. 

Rocqawali will tour Russia from the 12th of June to the 22nd of June, 2015, and among many exiting venues there, they are to perform at the biggest outdoor festival of Russia, the “Usadba Festival” on this tour. 

The Band will also perform at the famous Copenhagen Jazz Festival, in Denmark, on the 10th of July 2015. Furthermore there a plans in the pipe line of yet another tour to Pakistan in November/December 2015.

Please se FAQ for further information or keep an eye on our Rocqawali.com and Facebook Page

Regards from Rocqawali

Risks and challenges

We face many of the same challenges that anyone making albums face, especially anyone who doesn't have the backing of a label.
Probably the biggest challenge for us is the possibility that, because of our schedules and the schedules of our collaborators, finishing the recording, mixing and mastering could take a bit longer than we anticipate, which would mean that you might have to wait longer than you expect for your rewards. If that were to happen, we would keep you updated throughout the process and might send you a few extra goodies, like an mp3 of one of the tracks that is already finished, to tide you over.

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    It's fans like you that keep us recording music! Thank you so much for your help.

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    You will get a digital copy of the new album - before it hits iTunes! Emailed right to your inbox! (So brand new, it squeaks! Just remember to tell us your email address)

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    Music Lover

    You will receive a LIMITED EDITION autographed copy of the new album, along with two guitar picks signed by Tin and Jonas!

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    Music Collector

    This is for the music fan that just can't get enough!

    You will receive a LIMITED EDITION autographed copy of the new album AND the already released album, along with a set of drum sticks signed by Stephan.

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    Concert Goer

    This is the ULTIMATE Live package for the music fan that want the 'real thing'.

    This ULTIMATE Live Package include:
    - Live Concert + Meet and Greet in Copenhagen July 10th, 2015 (we'll let you know the place and time)
    - Or a taped concert of the event + Personal Message from the band (in case you are not able to attend the concert in person)

    We'll throw in a digital copy of the new album - before it hits iTunes! Emailed right to your inbox! (So brand new, it squeaks! Just remember to tell us your email address)

    Last, but not least, we'll throw in an autographed copy of the previous album "the Sufi Rocknroll"

    A perfect mix of Live and recorded Sufi Rock'N'Roll!

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    Rock Star Apprentice

    Want to get a piece of history home? This is your chance!.

    You will receive 1 small practicing amp (signed by the Rocqawali) that will make you feel like a Rockstar + 1 hour of guitar lesson by Tin Soheili + a taped message from Rocqawali.

    You will receive a LIMITED EDITION autographed copy of the new album AND the already released album, along with a set of drum sticks signed by Stephan + two guitar picks signed by Tin and Jonas!

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    Rock Star

    Want to get a piece of history home? This is your chance!.

    You will receive THE acoustic guitar played at the Copenhagen Concert on July 10th, 2015 + 1 hour of guitar lesson by Tin Soheili.

    The guitar will be signed by the Band + a taped message from Rocqawali.

    You will receive a LIMITED EDITION autographed copy of the new album AND the already released album, along with a set of drum sticks signed by Stephan + two guitar picks signed by Tin and Jonas!

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