Artist Profiles: The Sabri Brothers

The Sabri Brothers

The Sabri Brothers are Pakistan’s best known, phenomenally successful family of devotional singers, hailing from Kalyana in the East Punjab and with over 30 years of sung religious poetry behind them.

Backed by their five instrumental accompanists, the four Sabris – whose lineage stretches back to the 16th century to the revered Mian Tansen, a singer at Emperor Akbar’s court – are led by the soaring voices of the late Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri, whose periodic refrain of ‘Allah’ between songs has become a Sabri signature, and his younger brother Haji Maqbool Sabri. Both are internationally respected for their raw, energetic, highly original style in delivering popular pieces from the traditional Qawwali repertoire, and a unique percussion style.

Discography:

Balaghal Ula Be Kamalehi (EMI, 1971)
Nazana-E-Aqidat (Angel Records, 1974)
Sabri Brothers (Odeon, 1975)
Qawwal and Party (EMI, 1975)
Sabri Brothers (Angel Records, 1975)
Maqbool Sabri Sings Ghazals and Muqabala With Chanda Khanam (Star Records, 1975)
Ya Sahib ul Jamal (Odeon, 1977)
Sabri Brothers (EMI, 1979)
Sultan-e-Haram Ho Jaye Karam (EMI, 1980)
Sabri Brothers In Concert (Angel Records, 1981)
Ek Lajwab Peskash – Ghazals (His Master’s Voice, 1982)
Jhoot Ke Paon Nahin (His Master’s Voice, 1983)
Behtareen Ghazlen (His Master’s Voice, 1983)
Nazr-E-Shah Karim (AEA, 1983)
Ya Habib (Real World Records, 1990)
New Qawwalis 1990 (EMI, 1990)
Qawwali Masterworks (Piranha, 1991)
Pyar Ke Morr Live In U.K. Vol 1 (Star Compact Disc, 1992)
Doolha Heryaley (Multitone Prestige, 1993)
Ya Mustapha (Xenophile Records, 1996)
Jami (Piranha, 1996)
Maqbool Sabri Mahmood Sabri Qawwal Volume 3 (Sonic Enterprises, 1999)
Live In Moscow. Diwani (2003)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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