Obituary: Maqbool Sabri of Sabri Brothers passes away

Published: September 21, 2011

Qawal Maqbool Sabri died on Wednesday due to a cardiac arrest. PHOTO: FILE/EXPRESS

Maqbool Sabri was one part of the famous duo Sabri Brothers that produced legendry works like “Tajdar-e-Haram”. Qawal Maqbool Sabri died on Wednesday due to a cardiac arrest. PHOTO: FILE/EXPRESS
KARACHI: 

Renowned qawwal Maqbool Ahmed Sabri died of a heart attack on Wednesday in Cape Town, South Africa.

He was 60 and had been under treatment in South Africa for two months and was also suffering from diabetes. He leaves behind his widow, three daughters and a son.

Born in 1941 to a lower-income class family in Kalyana, India, Sabri migrated to Karachi with his family and settled in Liaquatabad. He received his qawwali and music training at an early age and recorded his first qawwali at the age of 17 in 1958 with his elder brother Ghulam Fareed Sabri and then formed a group called Sabri Brothers.

In 1970, he was awarded the Pride of Performance Award. His first international performance followed soon after, when in 1975, he performed in New York. Some of his most important qawwalis include ‘Bhar do jholi’ and ‘Mera koi nahin hai tere siwa’.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2011.#mce_temp_url#


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Reader Comments (20)

  • Saffyg
    Sep 21, 2011 - 8:19PM

    RIP

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  • Danish Jamil
    Sep 21, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Such a big loss… May his soul rest in peace

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  • Anwar Hasan
    Sep 21, 2011 - 9:22PM

    May he rest in peace. I guess he did not trust the health care in Pakistan.

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  • Maimoona
    Sep 21, 2011 - 9:27PM

    Very sad news.may Allah give him rest&peace ameen.

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  • san
    Sep 21, 2011 - 9:48PM

    RIP…You will always remain in our heart.

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  • mujahid
    Sep 21, 2011 - 10:18PM

    SUCH A SWEET AND MELODIOUS VOICE. A LEGEND OF OUR AGES WITH A UNFORGETTABLY UNIQUE STYLE. WHICH MESMERIZED WITH ITS CREATIVE DELIVERY OF WORDS.HE WAS A STAR WHICH ARRIVES ON THE HORIZON ONLY ONCE NOT TO BE SEEN AGAIN FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.THE WORLD MOURNS YOUR PASSING. MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE

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  • Chaudhry Allah Daad
    Sep 21, 2011 - 11:23PM

    Sad neww, but guy is lucky, died of natural causes, a rare phenomenon these days.

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  • Bilal A
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:12AM

    RIP Pakistan has top notch cardiologists. Coronary artery disease from which the heart attack comes can easily be managed by meds, stents or bypass surgery. All of which is available home.

    A physician

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  • Anwar Hasan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:35AM

    @Bilal A:
    May he rest in peace. He went to South Africa because he did not trust the medical services in Pakistan. Pakistan has top notch cardiologists but the overall image of medical care in Pakistan is not very good. Maybe that is why he went.
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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 22, 2011 - 3:57PM

    He was an outstanding singer (Qawal) whom I knew personally. A very big loss. May His Soul Rest In Peace, Amen.

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  • nAv
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Very sad news i use to go watch sabri brothers whenever they came to preform in london areas, may allah grant them both a place in heaven.

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  • Reddy
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:39PM

    I am inconsolable.
    Sabri introduced me to Sufi.
    Sufi is the centre of all music to me now.
    Through Sabri I have softened toward Pakistan as a people and now realize Sabri did what he was meant to do – bring the 2 countries together.
    I am extremely grateful that I heard his music and pray his soul rests in peace.
    It may be too much to ask but I fervently hope his brother continuous to enthrall their fans.
    I think Pakistan has lost another star.

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  • Peer Tayyabzada
    Sep 23, 2011 - 1:52AM

    RIP….first nusrat, aziz mian, elder sabri and now maqbool sabri…a whole generation of qawwals gone…may god grant them jannah… Saw sabri bros in London and my uncle took me to meet them in their hotel room. Qawwali industry will never be the same again

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  • Peer Tayyabzada
    Sep 23, 2011 - 1:53AM

    Yes he always performed brilliantly in London @nAv:

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  • nAv
    Sep 23, 2011 - 5:25AM

    Yes tayyabzada we use to go together and go up on stage to throw £5 and £10 notes at them just so we could get close to them and even got to sit next to them and play with the tabla and share the pan they both use to love eating…may Allah bless them both and grant them a place in heaven.Recommend

  • Sep 24, 2011 - 5:53AM

    He was a talented qawal as was his brother. I too saw the Sabri brothers live in London and know the two rascals who used to push past me to get on stage and throw the notes. I also remember you too dressing up in beads and mirror jackets and topis and doing your own qawali performances and we used to throw monopoly money at you.LOL. Why don’t you perform your own double act as I’m sure someof their talent must have rubbed off on you.

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  • Adnan
    Sep 24, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Good person and big loss

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  • amina
    Sep 30, 2011 - 11:19PM

    @Anwar Hasan:
    He lived in south africa mostly as his family was alll there n he went there to get his daughter married n fell illl :( may his soul rest in peace inshallahRecommend

  • Anwar
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:12AM

    @amina:
    Thank you. May his soul rest in peace. Ameen

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  • Syed
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:30PM

    Mai roz unki qawwaliyan sunta tha,achanak unka intakhal hogaya,
    Allah-ta-la unku jannat naseeb farmae,
    insha Allah mai unke liye duae magunga. Recommend

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