Pakistan Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead

Main qabr andheri mein ghabraoon ga jab tanha
                  Imdaad meri karnay aajana meray aaqa


 The whole nation was gripped with shock and horror at the cold-blooded murder of renowned Pakistani qawwal Amjad Sabri on Wednesday.

Sabri was gunned down in Karachi’s Liaquatabad area as he was on his way to a television channel’s studio when a couple of armed assailants opened fire at his vehicle. With six shots fired, two proved to be fatal for the singer.

Born / Death:  ( December 23, 1976  – June 2016)   – household which was famous for qawwal, the traditional form of music associated with devotion to holy personalities in Islam. His father was Ghulam Fareed Sabri and he is the nephew of Maqbool Sabri. Together, Maqbool and Ghulam Fareed formed the duo of the Sabri brothers, who went on to garner national and international acclaim.

Amjad Sabri presented the work of his father and uncle in a new light, which helped the younger generation connect to qawwali, something which had not happened earlier.

  • ‘Mera Koyi Nahi Teray Siwa
  • ‘Tajdar-E-Haram’,
  • ‘Bhar Do Jholi’  

were some of the works of the renowned Sabri family which were sang in a more different and unique way by Amjad Sabri.

This was the last  wording of amjad qawwali :

Main qabr andheri mein ghabraoon ga jab tanha
Imdaad meri karnay aajana meray aaqa
Roshan meri turbath ko aie noor e Khuda kerna
Jab waqt e nazah aaye deedar ataa karna

The previous year, he had threatened to sue the makers of Bajrangi Bhaijaan for using the song ‘Bhar Do Jholi’ in the movie.

Amjad Sabri was undoubtedly the face of Pakistan’s qawwali music and he will be sorely missed for his contributions



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