Amjad Farid Sabri’s soulful performance hours before he was shot dead
Hours before Pakistani sufi singer Amjad Farid Sabri was shot dead in Karachi on Wednesday, the 45-year-old qawwali singer mesmerised the public in a special Ramadan transmission on TV.
Pakistani TV channel SAMAA TV aired the programme Sehri Live on Wednesday morning where Sabri is seen getting emotional and bringing everyone to tears with his soulful rendition of Mai Kabr-e-Andheri Mein. Written by Muslim scholar from Bareilly Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi, also known as Ala Hazrat, it is a Na’at - a form of poetry that praises Prophet Muhammad.
One of the most prominent Pakistani singers of sufi devotional songs, Sabri, was killed by gunmen who fired into his car in Karachi on Wednesday. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, accusing Sabri of being a blasphemer, but officials said they were investigating the authenticity of the claim.
Watch Amjad Sabri’s last performance
Two attackers riding a motorcycle intercepted Sabri’s vehicle in the busy Liaquatabad neighborhood and sprayed it with bullets, then escaped.
Amjad and his late father, Ghulam Farid Sabri, were well-known qawwali singers, a style of music rooted in Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam. They carried on a family tradition that goes back to the 17th century, when their ancestors performed for the Mughal emperors who ruled much of the Indian subcontinent.
Listen to other performances by Amjad Farid Sabri:
When Sonu Nigam performed with Sabri in Pakistan
Original Bhar Do Jholi by Sabri brothers, later used in Adnan Sami’s voice for Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan
More Haji Piya from Ajay Devgn’s film Halla Bol
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