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An Era of Qawwali Ended

It’s extremely tragic and unfortunate that the entire era of the Qawwali genre music died with the brutal killing of Pakistani legend Qawwal Amjad Sabri, the super talented son of Late Ghulam Farid Sabri.

Almost every eye was grieved and so were the hearts on the tragic death of this icon on 16th of Ramzan. Sabri has been a part of every other Ramzan transmission on every channel. He recited his famous “Jab Waqt-e-Naza Aey”, which became his last on-air performance before his death. Karachi experienced a sea of fans during the funeral ceremony of the beloved Qawwal.

It is even more tragic to realize that Qawwali genre faces a void after the death of Sabri in Pakistan. His famous “Tajdar-e-Haram” has been beautifully sung by the renowned Atif Aslam in the last season of Coke Studio. Immediately afterward, Sabri was being requested to perform for the upcoming Coke Studio along with the renowned Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and he agreed.

His only song recorded for the upcoming Coke Studio is with Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, where the two giant singers and Qawwals literally made all the people in the studio cry with the ecstasy of music. This recording was made just 20 days before his tragic murder. The killing raised so many questions for the safety and wellbeing of almost all the legendary artists of Pakistan. Nonetheless, terrorism in the country has once again taken the life of not just a human being with the great voice but entire Qawwali music.

Afreen is a young writer and visionary towards life predominantly. I believe that writing is similar to life; it inspires surprises and creates. Being a Literature Masters, I am passionate about viewing the world with literary spectacle. Solely in love with this beautiful part of Universe called Pakistan, I am creating words and ideas for CharchaGuru.

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