So it’s that time of the year where Muslims around the world are fasting in the name of Allah SWT and seeking for the blessings and spiritual uplift. With the year passing by from Ramadan 2016 to Ramadan 2017, Pakistan lost three biggest legends of the country; Late Edhi Sahab, Late Junaid Jamshed and the mystic late Amjad Sabri. All in the blink of an eye.
Today, we talk about late Amjad Sabri. My hands still tremble when I write ‘Late’ with the name. Perhaps, we lost him too soon.
Amjad Sabri was born on December 23, 1976 to a household which was famous for qawwal, the traditional form of music associated with devotion to holy personalities in Islam. His father was Ghulam Fareed Sabri and he is the nephew of Maqbool Sabri. Together, Maqbool and Ghulam Fareed formed the duo of the Sabri brothers, who went on to garner national and international acclaim.
It was under his father’s training and supervision that Amjad Sabri learnt how to sing qawwalis. It was Ghulam Fareed Sabri who introduced him to classical music and ever since then, there was no looking back for Amjad Sabri.
Amjad Sabri presented the work of his father and uncle in a new light, which helped the younger generation connect to qawwali, something which had not happened earlier. ‘Tajdar-E-Haram’, ‘Mera Koyi Nahi Teray Siwa’, ‘Ali k Saath hai Zahra ki Shadi’ and ‘Bhar Do Jholi’ were some of the works of the renowned Sabri family which were sang in a more different and unique way by Amjad Sabri.
Sabri was gunned down in Karachi’s Liaquatabad area as he was on his way to a television channel’s studio when a couple of armed assailants opened fire at his vehicle. With six shots fired, two proved to be fatal for the singer. The whole nation was gripped with shock and horror at the cold-blooded murder.
We saw him throughout last year’s Ramadan transmission on A-Plus TV and this year, the void still stays as Pakistan doesn’t seem to have an appropriate replacement for the legend.
Friends, family members and colleagues described him as someone who was kind-hearted and harboured a warm personality. Amjad Sabri was undoubtedly the face of Pakistan’s qawwali music and he will be sorely missed for his contributions.
Take a moment today and say a short prayer for the departed soul who left us almost a year ago, June 2016 precisely.