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Bhar de Jholi
by Amjad Sabri
Amjad Sabri (1970 to 2016) was a Pakistani 'qawwali' singer. Amjad Farid Sabri was born on December 23rd 1970 in Karachi, Pakistan. The son of Ghulam Farid Sabri, of 'Sabri Brothers' fame, he would eventually emerge as one of South Asia's most prominent 'qawwali' singers, often reciting poems written by his father and his uncle. He began learning the 'qawwali' music from his father at the age of nine, joining him on stage to perform when he was 12. His father trained him in 'Raag Bhairon', which is practiced in early morning. For this, Sabri had to get out of bed in the middle of the night, and after performing a midnight prayer called 'tahajjud' would practise the 'baja'. As he grew up and gave more public concerts, he exclusively performed the work of his family, travelling widely to countries such as India, America and Europe, on which continent he was often known as the 'Rock Star of Qawwali'. From then on, he remained one of the most acclaimed 'qawwali' singers on the Indian subcontinent and regularly performed around the world. Having just finished a morning TV show (where his last song included the words "When I shudder in my dark tomb, dear Prophet, look after me") on June 22nd 2016, two passing motorcyclists opened fire on his car in Liaquatabad in Karachi, critically injuring the singer, as well as an associate and his driver. Having sustained three shots to the head, Amjad Sabri died in hospital in Karachi on June 22nd 2016 from the effects of his wounds. He was 45, and responsibility was later claimed by a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, who accused Sabri of having blasphemed.
Posted: 17th July 2016
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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