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qawwali

[kuh-wah-lee] /kəˈwɑ li/
noun
1.
a style of Sufi devotional music marked by rhythmic improvisatory repetition of a short phrase, intended to rouse participants to a state of mystical ecstasy.
Origin of qawwali
From Arabic, literally, utterance
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qawwali

/kəˈvɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
an Islamic religious song, esp in Asia
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