Renowned Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri died at the age of 45 after his car was attacked and shot at in Karachi on the afternoon of 22 June . The artist’s untimely death has led to an outpouring of rage and grief throughout Pakistan, and in other parts of the world.
Hailing from a family of artists known for their contributions to sufi music and arifana kalam, Amjad was regarded as one of the finest qawwals in the world. He was the son of the late artist Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri, who had established the Sabri brother qawwali group along with Amjad’s uncle, the late Maqbool Sabri in the mid-1950s.
Sabri is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters . Thousands paid their respects, throwing rose petals over an ambulance carrying his coffin. A faction of the Pakistan Taliban claimed Wednesday’s attack.
Sabri performed Qawwali devotional music from the Sufi tradition, an Islamic practice opposed by extremists.
He will be laid to rest in Paposhnagar Graveyard next to his father, Qawwali legend Ghulam Farid Sabri.
As qawwali and sufi patrons mourn the death of Amjad Sabri, here is a playlist that showcases some of the incredible live performances by the artist.