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Published on Sep 2, 2009
Founded in 1997 by a group of Kurdish Ahl-Haqq (literally "Followers of the Truth") currently residing in Germany, the members of the Razbar Ensemble are natives of Hashtgerd, a town of predominantly Kurdish culture located on the outskirts of Tehran. Through an ongoing series of sacred music concerts in USA, many European countries and North Africa, the Ensemble has dedicated itself to upholding the time-honored spiritual music and traditions of the Ahl-e Haqq, a mystical order founded in the 15th century by Soltan Eshaq. The Ensemble derives its name from the beloved saint, Khatoun-e Razbar, who was Soltan's mother. The Ensemble, which is comprised of a large number of members, is truly revolutionary and unique in that it is the first Ahl-e Haqq group to feature both men and women performing together in a devotional context. In addition to their regular practice sessions, the members meet once a week in accordance with their old traditions to praise their Beloved through spiritual music, chants, and dance.
Moreover the Ensemble introduces Persian classic and folkloristic music and dances in its performing repertoires, which have their roots in different tribal and epochal traditions of Iran.
Although the members of the Ensemble are adept musicians, they are not professional in the strict sense of the word in that their main goal is not to perform but rather to introduce the public the musical and devotional traditions of the Ahl-e Haqq.
Those two paragraphs be combined in One paragraph like: In line with their primary objective, the members of the Ensemble teach weekly music and dance classes in an effort to introduce and for the retention the spiritual traditions of Western Iran. They also teach different styles of Persian music and dances such as Daf (frame drum) and others.