World Muslim Choral Ensemble Launch

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The Muslim Choral Ensemble (MCE) Ambassadors for Peace commence phase two of their project; World Muslim Choral Ensemble (WMCE) Ambassadors for Peace in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in July.

Ten international choristers and instrumentalists, from India, Iran, Pakistan, the USA and Sri Lanka will participate in a residency in Colombo from 18 to 24 July, leading up to a performance and closing ceremony at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on 24 July at 7.00 pm which will be presented complimentary to invitees and the members.

An intimate gathering will mark the opening at Ishq Colombo of this milestone event.

The WMCE is unique with an international membership that hopes to continue enlisting musical Ambassadors for Peace to collaborate and celebrate Islamic choral music traditions from around the world. In so doing, not only does WMCE breathe new life into and interest in the genre, but also encourages and nurtures budding choral talent with a passion for Islamic choral traditions. This Peace Ensemble consists of both female and male artistes. Transcending borders, it encourages cross-cultural collaboration worldwide to reach its goals, with participation open to not only Muslims but also non-Muslims with a passion for the genre.

WMCE is the brainchild of Haadia Galely (Executive Director) and ethnomusicologist Prof. Andre de Quadros (Artistic Director). The MCE, under which the WMCE falls, was co-founded by Galely and Professor de Quadros, in August 2017 as a platform for Muslims in Sri Lanka who have a passion for Islamic choral singing. Behind MCE has been their vocal Coach Manoj Sanjeewa who has dedicated himself to training members from its inception.

A world first, MCE celebrates the richness and diversity of the rich Islamic choral traditions which span more than a millennium. The inaugural WMCE will focus largely on Islamic devotional music traditions of South Asia and perhaps Iran.

Their repertoire will largely embrace Islamic spirituals including Nasheeds, Qasidas and Naats, styles connected to South Asia. It is planned as an annual event, to grow globally in order to link more Islamic devotional music traditions from diverse regions across the world.

“With this performance, WMCE will take off from Sri Lanka and move across the world. It is an endeavour is not for profit but for peace. We are in the performing arts, but beyond the performing arts. There is so much that we are fighting for in this conflicted world. WMCE focuses on the end result: peace,” a spokesman for the WME said.

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