This concert is not part of Temple Music

Ustad Shahbaz Hussain tabla

Ustad Shahbaz Hussain tabla*

Saphwat Simab rubab*

Gholam Najrabi zirbaghali


*Please note the change of tabla and rubab players: Saphwat Simab replaces Ustad Ghulam Hussain; and Ustad Shahbaz Hussain replaces Feraydoon Meyazada. We are sorry that Ustad & Feraydoon are unable to join us, but we are delighted that Saphwat & Shahbaz were able to step in.


This concert in support of Afghanistan – its people and musicians – brings three professional musicians to the Temple Church. The title – The Scent of Kharabat – is inspired by the musicians’ quarter in the old city (Kucha-e-Kharabat) from where many generations of master musicians have emanated. Sadly, under the Taliban, musicians in the country are now in grave danger of their lives. These three performers learned their respective instruments from well-known rubab, tabla and zirbaghali (percussion) masters. Gholam Najrabi himself was forced to leave Afghanistan and seek protection in Europe. All three musicians are dedicated teachers as well as performers in the spirit of keeping these musical traditions alive.


This event is an externally-promoted concert in aid of Afghanistan, with the funds raised going to support the work of The Afghan Musicians Fund and Omid International two organisations working respectively to support Afghan musicians in need and women and targeted individuals.



Venue: Temple Church
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Booking Information
Online Booking

Available here until 12noon on the day of the performance

Telephone Booking

020 7427 5641

Online and Telephone bookings are subject to a £2.00 booking fee.

In Person

Tickets are available on the door 30 minutes before the performance (subject to availability, cash and cheque only)


Please note that we can only offer refunds in the event that the concert is Sold Out and we are able to re-sell your ticket.


The safety of our audience, musicians and staff comes first.