Amjad Sabri – a divine voice silenced too young – but who cares here


By Ambreen Fatima

( Amjad Sabri was laid to rest today in the presence of of thousands and thousands of people in Karachi. The people of Karachi showed their extreme love for Sabri by taking part in his funeral.

Terrorists have silenced a divine voice but does our government care for it…. everyone wants forthwith arrest of his killers and hanging them in full view of public.

Sabri’s  was a clear, soulful, sonorous voice that caused many a palm to turn skyward in admiration, and it has been condemned to exist only in memories and records.

Sabri, 40, one of the finest exponents of the qawwali tradition, was silenced by gunfire in Karachi on Wednesday, and tributes and condolences are filling Twitter faster than they can be read.
“Just can’t believe it”, tweeted the pop singer Shehzad Roy. Indeed, Sabri was seen on Pakistan television this morning, sitting cross-legged on a mattress along with his fellow guests, and listening to callers sing. Another tweeted that he had played cricket with Sabri only last week.

Amjad Sabri was the son of Ghulam Farid Sabri, and the nephew of Maqbool Ahmed Sabri – the two original members of the iconic Sufi qawwali group The Sabri Brothers.

With his “brand of spirituality, mysticism and ecstasy”, and his style that preserved the quintessence of the qawwali form in more contemporary renderings, Sabri enraptured music lovers for many years.

Sufism is a mystical practice of Islam that has millions of followers in Pakistan.

Sabri’s most popular qawwalis included Bhar Do Jholi, and More Hajji Piya – from the Ajay Devgan starrer Halla Bol. You can listen to both songs here.

  Meanwhile, Sarwat Qadri, a brother of slain qawwal Amjad Sabri said today Sabri had not received any death threats.

“He was a pious man… he never thought about [threats to his life],” said Sarwat Sabri while talking to media representatives. Media reports earlier quoted a Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader as saying that Amjad Sabri had received life threats.

Sarwat Sabri called on the Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif to bring the killers of his brother to justice.

He said Amjad Sabri’s death was a major loss to the world of qawwali but “it is an art form the door of which can never be shut”.


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