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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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