Man Kunto Maula – A Tribute to Amjad Sabri

Amjad Farid Sabri was a Pakistani vocalist and a supporter of the Sufi Muslim tradition. He was a son of Ghulam Farid Sabri of the Sabri Brothers. He appeared as one of South Asia’s most famous qawwali artists, frequently reciting poems composed by his father and uncle. He was shot dead in Karachi in a targeted killing professed by a fragment group of the Pakistani Taliban.

Amjad was born on 23 December 1970 and was died on 22 June 2016. He started to take the education of qawwali music from his father at the age of nine and he came on stage with his father to perform in front of an audience at the age of 12. His father taught him Raag Bhairon, which is practised in early morning. For this preparation Sabri needed to get up in the mid night, then after performing Tahajjud (a midnight prayer) practised the baja.

Sabri displayed the work of his family and toured widely to India, America and Europe where he was recognised as the “rock star” of qawwali. From then on he stayed a standout amongst the most acclaimed qawwali vocalists on the Indian subcontinent and performed all over the world. The last musical project of Sabri was with Coke Studio. His performance on the platform turned out to be his first and last one.

Man Kunto Maula is a Manqabat Qawwali song written by Amir Khusro in the commendation of Ali ibn Abi Talib – fourth Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate. This qawwali is based on a hadith, i.e. a saying of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him):

Whoever accepts me as a master, Ali is his master too.


Sabri Brothers (Ghulam Farid Sabri and Maqbool Ahmed Sabri) initially sang the qawwali Man Kunto Maula in 1975 and after that it was sung by many singers. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Amjad Sabri and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan are among of them. And now, Sabri Group and Son are going to pay tribute to Amjad Sabri in the Man Kunto Maula concert at Hotel Country Inn in Karachi on 15 October. is the official ticket seller for this concert. Log on with great confidence to book your seats with handsome discounted price.

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