It's Fareed Ayaz’s birthday: Here are the qawwal’s finest performances

Ayaz claims to represent the 25th generation of Saamat bin Ibrahim

Our Correspondent November 13, 2018

KARACHI: Fareed Ayaz is the poster boy of contemporary South Asian qawwali. Owing to his back to back successful stints at Coke Studio and exceptional knowledge of various genres of classical singing, Ayaz and his qawwal party have become a global sensation in the past decade.

Ayaz and his leading partner Abu Mohammad trace their lineage all the way back to Amir Khusrau’s Qawwal Bachon Ka Gharana. Khusrau, who is considered the finest thinker, poet and musician of South Asian history had trained a group children in the craft of qawwali and called them Qawwal Bachon Ka Gharana. Ayaz claims to represent the 25th generation of Saamat bin Ibrahim, a physically impaired man who is said to have been the leader of the Gharana.

According to Facebook, the qawwal is celebrating his 68th birthday today and there’s no better way to celebrate than listening to some of his finest live performances.

1. The family’s signature performance of Mere Banne Ki Baat

2. A remarkable rendition of Siraj Aurangabadi’s Khabar-e-Tahayyur-e-Ishq Su

3. Kanhaiya – Remembering Krishna

4. Kangana – When Rohail Hyatt and Gumby spun their magic

5. Live at the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

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Sufi | 5 years ago | Reply @E Khan: Yes absolutely, the qawali tradition is fading away in Pakistan.In the past we had great qawals like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sabri Brothers and Aziz Mian.But now we had only few qawals, and even they are not on the level of their forefathers.
E Khan | 5 years ago | Reply Had a pleasure of enjoying his music at a private gathering in New York last year. He was concerned that the qawali tradition is fading away in Pakistan.
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