Amjad Sabri, son of a legendry Qawwali singer, who was the leading member of the Sabri Brothers group. Amjad Sabri comes from a family of musicians who were the musician in the court of Mughal emperor Akbar The Great. Amjad Sabri is not only famous for his qawwali’s but also has a great talent to sing Ghazals
Amjad Freed Sabris family belongs to the Sabriyya order of Sufism and therefore acquired the sirname Sabri. The father of Amjad Sabri was instructed with classical music of North India and Qawwali, he also learned to play Harmonium. After the partition in 1947, the family moved to Karachi, Pakistan.
In 1974, Ghulam Freed Sabri joined his brother Maqbool Ahmed Sabri and they came to known as famous Sabri Brothers . Their Qawwalis are very famous and the most listened Qawwali is “Bhardo Jholi Meri ya Muhammad”. The Sabri Brothers have also sung many Qawwalis in Persian like” Nami Danam Che Manzil Boodh”
In 1975, the group performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and became the first one to introduce Qawwali in the West. Ghulam Freed Sabri died in April 5, 1994 following a massive heart attack. He died en route to a hospital and beside him was his beloved brother, Maqbool Ahmed. His funeral was attended by approximately 40,000 mourners. He was buried at Paposh Qabristan, in nearby Nazimabad. His humble white grave is situated near his father’s grave in a peaceful courtyard. Ghulam Farid Sabri was survived by his wife, five sons, three of whom are Amjad Farid Sabri, Azmat Farid Sabri, and Sarwat Farid Sabri, and six daughters.
Ghulam Farid Sabri is renowned as one of the foremost Qawwals of his time, forever grateful for the ability to sing. He possessed a deep and powerful voice and presented the wajad energy during his performances. He is acknowledged as a deeply religious man, yet a warm, simple man with a great sense of humor, who lived for his family and friends. Shortly before his death, he began growing a beard. Ghulam Farid Sabri had been initiated into the Warsiyya order of Sufism by Amber Shah Warsi. The name bestowed upon him was Alam Shah Warsi.
Ghulam Farid Sabri lived in the heavily congested and overpopulated Pakistani suburb of Liaquatabad. At night, Ghulam Farid Sabri lay on his bed listening to the sounds of surrounding lanes and alleyways. His sleep was minimal and his night was filled with constant zikr, made using his 1000 bead tasbih. He wore this tasbih around his neck during recordings and live performances.
Ghulam Farid Sabri initiated his sons into classical music at a young age. His eldest son, Amjad Farid Sabri, recalls: “The hardest part was being awoken at 4:00 AM. Most riyaz is done in Raag Bhairon and this is an early morning raag. My mother would urge our father to let us be but he would still awake us. Even if we had slept at midnight, he would get us out of bed, instruct us to make wuzu, perform tahajjud prayers, and then take out the baja. And he was correct in doing so because if a raag is rendered at the correct time, the performer himself enjoys it to the fullest”.
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