Born from the meeting of Sufi Pakistani singer Shuaïb Mushtaq and Syrian musician Iyad Haimour, the SABA ensemble is based on the musical richness of two great classical and spiritual traditions. Pakistan, known for its wide range of Classical, Semi-classical, Sufi and Popular musics and chants, has always been the reference country of the Qawwali Tradition, known in the West by its ambassador, Grand Master Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Syria, a country with a rich Classical and Sufi musical tradition, rich in Arab-Ottoman repertoire, has been marked in its history by the passage of Mevlana Rumi.
Thus, this message of spirituality has left its mark in music through the tournaments of the Dervish, emblematic figure of a secular tradition.
In 2005, during a series of Qawwali concerts in Syria, Shuaïb is invited around the mystical meetings, the Hadras, where he feels the power of Mevlana's message, which is equally present in the Qawwali.
This common axis in the richness of the music of Pakistan and Syria forms the soil of the SABA meeting.
Anchored in two ancient musical traditions, one based on the development of the Raga the other on the Maqam, SABA is revealed with delicacy, where two different great repertoires are approached with finesse and elegance to give a unique color, a way transmitting a common message.
The fervor of spiritual chants, the melodic secret of mysticism, and the swirling depth of movement, make SABA a jewel box containing the authentic artistic splendor of two great musical traditions.