This week’s video features Sanam Marvi, the superb Pakistani folk and Sufi singer. At her young age she is considered among the finest performers in the Sufi, ghazal and folk genres.
She trained under her father Fakir Ghulam Rasool, and later with Ustad Fateh Ali Khan of the Gwalior gharana (school). She studied Sufi poetry extensively and is deeply influenced by this genre because of its messages of love and peace.
She became popular after her live performance at Coke Studio, a Pakistani television series featuring cutting edge live music performances.
Sanam Marvi sings compositions of Baba Bulleh Shah; Baba Sheikh Fari; Sachal Sarmast, the Sufi mystic from Sindh; and Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, who is one of the greatest poets of the Sindhi language.
She recently performed at the du World Music Festival in Dubai
Watch her superb performance of Manzil-e-Sufi at the Coke Studio:
Recordings available: Best of Sanam Marvi (MP3)