A Friend from India Remembers Maqbool Sabri

Article from Lokmat Samachar (Hindi Newspaper) dated 30 September, 2011 English Transliteration of the article: Shahenshah E Qawwali Sabri Brothers Ka Bhopal Se Jazbaati Rishta Qawwali ke fann ko urooj bakshne waale Haji Ghulam Farid aur unke chote bhai Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri ne Sabri Brothers ke naam se dunia …

Shikwa Jawab E Shikwa

I found this translation & transliteration of Allama Iqbal’s Shikwa Jawab E Shikwa in English on the internet (which was perhaps published in 2001). The verses are written in the same order rendered by Sabri Brothers and the translation and transliteration are the best I found till now of this masterpiece. …

Paisa Bolta Hai

I am going to discuss a famous qawwali of the 80s, ‘Paisa Bolta Hai’, the lyrics of which stand true in any era. This qawwali is written about the power of money, depicting what money has to say about itself and the control it has over humanity. This qawwali is …

Man Kunto Maula

(Wikipedia article about Man Kunto Maula of Sabri Brothers released by EMI in 1975) Man Kunto Maula is a Manqabat Qawwali song composed by Amir Khusro in the praise of Ali ibn Abi Talib. This song is based on a hadith, i.e. a saying of Prophet Mohammad: Whoever accepts me as …

Concert: The Sabri Troupe

(Article from the New York Times Archives – dated April 17, 1978, Page 22) Concert: The Sabri Troupe SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES APRIL 17, 1978 Ghulam Farid Sabri and his brother, Maqbool Ahmed Sabri, are not what one might call household names in this country. But in 1975 …