Updated Jun 22, 2016 07:29pm

Remembering Amjad Sabri: 5 of the legendary qawwal's most memorable performances

Renowned qawwal singer Amjad Sabri passed away today, following a gun attack on his car in Liaquatabad, Karachi. He was 45.

Sabri hails from the musical gharana that gave Pakistan the Sabri Brothers, one of Pakistan's foremost Sufi qawwal groups, founded by his father, the late Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri, and his younger brother late Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri.

Sabri is credited with making the qawwali musical style accessible to Pakistan's youth. He was a sought-after performer for large-scale events in Pakistan, like the annual Lux Style Awards and cultural exchange programme, Shaan-e-Pakistan. He was due to appear on Coke Studio Season 9.

Here are five of his most memorable performances:

1) Bhar Do Joli


2) Mera Koi Naheen Hai Teray Siwa


3) Khwaja Ki Diwani


4) Ali Mera Dil Mere Jan Ali Mast Qalandar


5) Tajdar-e-Haram


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Tabinda Jun 22, 2016 04:56pm

How sad May Allah give him the best place in jannah!

Asif Jun 22, 2016 05:01pm

wow this article was quick...you should have at least given it a day or two.

John Jun 22, 2016 05:35pm

May his soul rest in peace.

shakatiman Jun 22, 2016 05:38pm

Loss to humanity Today a sad day

Shahid Akbar Jun 22, 2016 06:07pm

Inna Lillah-e-Wa'Inna Alaihe Rajoon! I have worked with Amjad. I love his sense of humor. He will be missed.

Shahid Akbar Jun 22, 2016 06:08pm

Inna Lillah-e-Wa'Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon.

Seedoo Jun 22, 2016 06:56pm

So much for Rangers bringing peace to Karachi. I had attended his concert twice in the US, and is a big fan of Amjad. May his soul rest in piece. Will someone please catch the culprits and bring them to justice?

Ali Jun 22, 2016 06:56pm

R.I.P Sabri sahab. this is a great loss to the country and to the world of qawalli.. :(

arisha g Jun 22, 2016 06:57pm

@Asif My thoughts exactly.

Inna Lillah-e-Wa'Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon

A tragic loss. Condolences and prayers for his family, friends and fans affected by this horrific incident.

Azhar jamil Jun 22, 2016 07:12pm

Sad! It is bad luck to us, failed to protect our artists.

Farooq Jawed Jun 22, 2016 07:42pm

Just lost a very bright star; Pakistan has plunged further in darkness today by this sheer act of evil.

concerned citizen Jun 22, 2016 07:48pm

Animals and taking an innocent life for no reason , i am speechless and we need to ask Government how they provide security for themselves but fail to provide security for common citizen. I am sure Government is not even going to head anything this way. This barbaric behavior needs to stop now and I salute army to continue to pursue these animals where ever they are and give them same treatment

Sarwar, USA. Jun 22, 2016 08:25pm

RIP... So sad. When no action is taken on culprits this is what we get. All Jits gone in dust bins??? All terrorists roam free???

Rashid Sultan Jun 22, 2016 08:55pm

No words to express sadness on this barbaric act! Why, why, why?

malik nawaz Jun 22, 2016 10:35pm

What more can happen to this land..........................we lose people like him......not sure why any one wants to kill him.......why why why

Red Dawn Jun 22, 2016 10:46pm

Why would somebody kill a music man who brought happiness to millions? God bless his soul.

Ganga Mata Jun 22, 2016 11:30pm

A sad day for the people of Sub-Continent.

gp65 Jun 22, 2016 11:38pm

@concerned citizen "we need to ask Government how they provide security for themselves but fail to provide security for common citizen" But do they provide security even to themselves? A former PM and former Governor's sons were kidnapped and just yesterday son of Sind CJ was kidnapped.

Umar Jun 22, 2016 11:45pm

we love to talk about gun control in US, when will we raise a voice on undertaking a similar initiative in Pakistan?

lmk Jun 23, 2016 12:14am

It is devastating and insane to destroy culture. What is Pakistan coming to? Words fail to express the sorrow and pain in heart and mind for the Sabri family, the family of the Ahmadi doctor killed the other day, and all the other people who have met violent ends before their time. Damn the mad killers, and a government incapable of taking action.

Dervaish Khan Jun 23, 2016 01:34am

@Ganga Mata yes indeed, the whole subcontinent owes him. He was such a big figure. I was his big fan. Not just of his qawalis but for so many other reasons. His smile was the best and his style of singing was best. He would never bring agony on his face when singing long sentences as most qawals do but would always smile a smile that would give additional pleasure to his listeners. He would gently sway in pleasure and sometimes going into a real ecstasy. I would stick to the channel that would be showing him wether singing or talking. . And now today I am stuck to the news channels mourning his demise. And my eyes becoming wet with every news about him and his video clips. May his soul rest I'm peace. Amin

sarwan singh aujla Jun 23, 2016 04:10am

It is the saddest day. I am shocked to go through the story. The noble never die but live for ever in the minds of people.

Ayub Jun 23, 2016 04:21am

Very tragic incident for the nation.

south indian Jun 23, 2016 07:47am

Really great loss to subcontinent.Thanks dawn for giving th opprtunity to listen memorable performances and caused me more and unexpressable pain for sad demise of great cultural ambassdor.

Asim Jun 23, 2016 01:51pm

Hard to think that some people can stoop to this level in this country that they can kill a harmless national artist! Such incidents to continue in future till country does not get rid of political forces that nurture terrorists for their own good!

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jun 23, 2016 03:02pm

I am so much of fond of Qawwalis that being a college university student during1960-69 years living in Lahore I have gone to other cities to listen to qawwalis and of course was one of those whom I would never miss. Being continually overseas since 1976, I could not attend any qawwali as and when I was back home but nevertheless I have qawwali cassettes. Death is destined but killing alike is heart-breaking to be honest. I wonder when peace will be restored in my beloved Pakistan which was not that dangerous country when I flew out in 1976. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi, former Pakistani Diplomat