We lost a Qawwal, par excellence
The ruthless assassination of famous Qawwal Amjad Sabri has shocked the whole nation. Sabri was a great human being. He was one of the finest qawwals of the country, known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry. Almost whatever the Sabri brothers sang became an instant hit. But some of their most memorable and famous qawwalis were Bhar Do Jholi Meri, Tajdar-i-Haram and Mera Koi Nahin Hai Teray Siwa.
He enthralled music aficionados with his brand of spirituality, mysticism and ecstasy for years. Known as one of the foremost qawwals of Pakistan, Sabri who was led into classical music at a young age by his father was not only well-versed with the structure and aesthetics of qawwali but also knew how to make it adaptive to the contemporary music keeping its essence alive. People will remember as he regularly appeared on national television, and had been performing daily for Ramazan transmissions and one could see that Sabri derive complete and blissful satisfaction from his own musical performances. Music transcends borders. The man will be missed everywhere. Let us remember the fine singer through his work and what he enjoyed most — his music.