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With its propulsive, furious sound, Khumariyaan "The Intoxicators" has reawakened the live music scene in Peshawar, Pakistan -- the ancient crossroads through the Khyber Pass. The lute-like Pushtoon rubab, is the meeting point for this hyper-folk jam quartet. It intertwines with the djembe-like zerbaghali (clay or wooden goblet drum) and Pushtoon sitar (long-necked lute). Underpinning these instruments with driving acoustic guitars, Khumariyaan’s rolling pulse and richly layered sound is an addictive and accessible pleasure.

Farhan Bogra, rubab and Pushtoon sitar
Aamer Shafiq, rhythm guitar
Shiraz Khan, zerbaghali
Sparlay Rawail, lead guitar and Ghungro percussion

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/16/2014: A Center Stage Double Bill featuring Ribab Fusion and Khumariyaan

Peshawar’s hyper-folk jam quartet and Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) funk sensation make their U.S. debuts and kick off their month-long American tours. Part of Center Stage, a program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.