The Sabri Brothers
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The Sabri Brothers (aka Sabri Brothers), are a Pakistan qawwali band - sometimes, referred to as "Roving Ambassadors for Pakistan". For over thirty years, they have inspired international cross-cultural audiences - bringing joy, spiritual solace & comfort.Read More...
Following the great qawwali tradition that was established over 700 years ago by Hazrat Amir Khusro in Delhi, today it is the Sabri Brothers who are thrilling and inspiring countless people at home in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent and in foreign lands. The Sufi message of Divine Love, which they carry and deliver through their traditional qawwali, is the universal message of compassion, peace, generosity and love of all creation.
The Sabri Brothers' musical lineage stretches back over centuries, passing down through many generations of great musicians to the time of the Moghul Emperors. They are the direct descendants of the legendary Mian Tansen, the great singer at the Court of Akbar.
Originally there were four Sabri Brothers. The eldest brother, Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri passed away in 1994. A man of immense spirituality he is considered by many to be a saint. Haji Kamal Sabri, a master of the vocal techniques of tan tarana, passed away very recently in 2001. Now the two younger brothers, Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri and Mehmood Ghaznavi Sabri, are the Sabri Brothers.
Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri, founder and Musical Director of the Sabri Brothers, is a charismatic artist of rare genius. Since the tender age of five, he has devoted his entire life to music and the perfecting of his art. Music is in his blood. But his genius goes far deeper than that. His divinely inspired art is a gift from God. Maestro par excellence of classical qawwali, Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri is engulfed by the descent of celestial sounds. He has led the Sabri Brothers from their beginning till the present day.
The youngest brother, Mehmood Ghaznavi Sabri, an inspired qawwal and true dervish, is second qawwal. Together they continue to thrill their audiences both at home in Pakistan and India, and abroad from Russia to South Africa, from Morocco to Australia and USA.
Winners of numerous awards and tireless workers for charity, for the poor and oppressed, and for the victims of earthly calamities, the Sabri Brothers are true servants of God. They serve God through serving His humanity. The Sabri Brothers are artists and servants. They are Sufis.
Their stunning virtuosity and brilliant exposition brings audiences to the heights of amazement and awe, whilst the tremendous power, subtlety, sensitivity and beauty of their voices reach to the depths of the human heart, speaking in a divine language beyond words. Singing from their own direct experiences of Divine Love, Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri and Mehmood Ghaznavi Sabri offer this love as a gift to their audiences.
It has been said that the Sabri Brothers are a gift to humanity from the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of Allah be upon him and Peace)! And it is for this reason that they take so many of us to the Divine Presence.
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