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Quawwali, the music of Islam's Sufi sect, can be found in Middle Eastern countries ranging from India to Saudi Arabia to Turkey. How prevalent it is in a particular country depends on how friendly that country is to Sufis (who, like Hindus, believe music to be a sacred and necessary element of religious life). For centuries, Quawwali was prevalent in Iran, but when the Ayatollah Khomehni outlawed all music in that country in 1979, Persian Sufis faced tremendous danger. One of the finest Quawwali groups in Pakistan is the Sabri Brothers. In contrast to secular Pakistani pop music, Ya Habib concerns itself only with spiritual matters. Whether singing or playing the harmonium, Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri and Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri spare no passion on the extended pieces heard on this enriching CD. Highly recommended.


Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Sabri Brothers, Haji Amjad Fareed Sabri and Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri, were taught music by their father, Ustad Haji Inayat Sen Sabri. The family claims descent from Mian Tansen, one of the greatest and most legendary Hindustani musicians of all time. (The musically gifted Tansen was a musician in the court of Akbar and is credited with miraculous powers of musicianship.) Maqbool Ahmed Sabri formed his first party of qawwals in 1956, at the age of 11. Soon afterward, his elder brother (who had...
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Ya Habib, Sabri Brothers
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Asia
  • Released: May 21, 1990

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