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Sabri Brothers

Sabri Brothers

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Jami laid his hand on his breast and said: "It is here, the business - in the heart. You will find everything there."
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Sabri Brothers

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Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri was born in 1930, and died an untimely death in 1994. It is to him that this album is dedicated. To devote an album entirely to the Persian poetry of Jami, a luminary of the Sufi Tradition, was an ambition he had always cherished. He did the recordings in July of 1991 at the SFB studios in Berlin, but the CD sadly was not released while he was still alive. Thus, it becomes a memorial not only to the Persian poet, but also to the Pakistani "Qawwal."
Together with his younger brother Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri, born in 1941, Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri created a duo of Pakistan's foremost and best loved Qawwals. Their musical lineage stretches back over many centuries, passing down through many generations. Mehboob Baksh Rangji Ali Rang, their grandfather, was a master musician of his time; Baqar Hussein Khan, the maternal grandfather, a unique Sitar player. They started training with their father, the singer Inayat Khan, at a very young age. Ustad Latafat Hussein Khan Rampuri and Ustad Ramzan Khan from Delhi also played a role in their musical and spiritual formation.
Their first public performances came about at the annual Urs Festival of Hazrat Peer Mubarak Shah at Kalyan (Punjab) when they were only 5 and 7 years, respectively. This was still before partition, on the Eastern side of the Punjab. The family migrated to Pakistan and had a hard time establishing itself, but the brothers were never discouraged. Fame came with the first hit record in 1958, making their names ring over the whole Indian subcontinent. Since then they have not only made numerous recordings and won many awards and prizes both at home and abroad, but were also the first Qawwali musicians to travel to the West.