He was full of life, says Bilal
Musician Bilal Maqsood has shared a heartfelt note detailing his first meeting with the late Qawwal Amjad Sabri.
“We had the privilege of working with this amazing artist and human,” he wrote, sharing a photo of former band Strings with Amjad on the sets of Coke Studio. “He was always full of life and energy.”
The purpose of their meeting with Sabri was to seek his approval for Atif Aslam’s rendition of the popular Qawwali Tajdar-e-Haram. Bilal said it had hardly been minutes and he started feeling as if they had known each other for years. Amjad was then called in for Rang for season nine. “Along with Rahat Fateh Ali, Amjad Sabri created magic that night.”
Bilal said that 20 days after the recording, the news of Amjad’s death shook them. “It was the 16th of Ramazan when he left us for his eternal abode,” he remarked.
Sabri was shot dead in Karachi on June 22, 2016. He was the son of Ghulam Farid Sabri of the Sabri Brothers and emerged as one of South Asia’s most prominent Qawwals, reciting Qawwalis written by his father and uncle.