About the series:

Abu Dhabi Festival’s annual Ramadan Spiritual Music Series features performances and events in the spirit of the holy month, inviting artists from around the world to celebrate the spiritual values that transcend difference. A place for both established and emerging artists, the Series showcases the work of masters and discovers new talents to nurture their development.

The Spiritual Music Series is a platform encouraging artists from different musical backgrounds to explore spiritual chanting in their own style chanters, pop singers, opera singers, and more have all shared the beauty and wisdom of spiritual music in the Series. Now in its third consecutive year, it will feature the stirring sounds of celebrated chanter Sheikh Mahmoud Al Tohamy in two world premiere virtual performances, In the Hands of God and Heritage and Harmony reflecting on the cherished values of the holy month.

In the Hands of God

As part of Abu Dhabi Festival’s Ramadan Spiritual Music Series, the renowned Egyptian chanter joins Sheikh Mohammed Abdel Ra’ouf Al Sohagy and Mohammed Yousef for a 70- minute performance that draws inspiration from Arabic tradition and world heritage, presented in a contemporary format to highlight the cross-cultural aesthetics that tie the past, present and future. During the holy month of Ramadan, experience the beauty of the traditional art of singing known as ‘inshad’ with the virtual world premiere of In the Hands of God.

Heritage and Harmony

In this virtual world-premiere, Sheikh Mahmoud Al Tohamy will perform alongside the students he tutored at Egypt’s first school of religious hymns as part of Abu Dhabi Festival’s Ramadan Spiritual Music Series. Now well-known spiritual musicians in their own right, these award-winning performers will join Sheikh Al Tohamy for a stirring performance.

The video will be premiered on 18 April 2022