qawwali

[ kuh-wah-lee ]
/ kəˈwɑ li /

noun

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.

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Origin of qawwali

From Arabic, literally, utterance

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British Dictionary definitions for qawwali

qawwali
/ (kəˈvɑːlɪ) /

noun

an Islamic religious song, esp in Asia
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