Definition of qawwali in English:

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Pronunciation: /kaˈwɑːli/


[mass noun]
A style of Muslim devotional music now associated particularly with Sufis.
Example sentences
  • Here's a page on Sufi music, including qawwali and the Sabri Brothers.
  • He is a veteran of over 1,500 qawwali and ghazal programmes.
  • More formal Muslim music forms, such as the qawwali and ghazal, continue to be popular in the region today.


From Arabic qawwāli, from qawwāl 'loquacious', also 'singer'.

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