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Qawwali - Sufi Music from Pakistan Import

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  • Audio CD (26 Jan. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000006E4A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Allah-hoo, Allah-hooSabri Brothers And Ensemble12:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Dama Dum Must QalandarSabri Brothers And Ensemble14:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Dai Halima (The Midwife)Sabri Brothers And Ensemble11:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Tu Rehnawarde Shoq HaiSabri Brothers And Ensemble12:49£0.89  Buy MP3 

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Allah - hoo, Allah - hoo. Dama Dum Must Qalandar. Dai Halima. TuRehnawarde Shoq Hai

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Eliasberg on 24 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is not an album that's in my CD player days in a row (that would be Kitty Lie Over by Mick O'Brien and Caomhín Ó Raghallaigh) but more an album I'd play in extreme moods, both highs and lows. When played in high moods this album will lift you even higher, and when in low moods, this album is a friend for life. I do not consider myself a connaisseur of Qawwali, but I know this album works wonders for me, even though I don't understand a word of what they're singing.
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This CD was my first exposure to qawwali music, and it had me hooked immediately.

Qawwali revolves around a unique cocktail of sounds: male singers (soloists and chorus, sometimes separately, sometimes in call-and-response) intone Islamic devotional texts, while harmoniums double the florid, elabrate vocal lines and drummers set the pace. So while there is great richness and variety of timbre, the vast majority of the music on this disk is really just a melody over a beat.

The structure of each piece is also worth paying attention to. Each piece starts off slowly and then "ramps" up into faster and faster tempi (with passages in slower tempi for contrast), displaying the influence of Hindustani classical music, with its division of a piece into alap - jod - jhala, each section in a faster tempo than the previous one.

The vocal lines are based around long verses interspersed with short, catchy choruses, while the harmony revolves around modes (or "ragas", as they would be called in India) which almost always remain constant throughout each piece.

What makes this music so special for me is its unique combination of complexity with simplicity; of richness with clarity. A must-listen.
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Whilst Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan can be credited with popularising Sufi music in the West I would argue that the Sabri brothers are actually the finest exponents of the genre. The fact there there are two vocalists and richer percussion gives the greater depth to their artistic vision and allows for the construction of harmonies which build and build to ecstatic climax.

Qawwali is an album which glows with an almost incandescent core of spiritual intensity. This is music which reaches out across languages, culture, religion and time to connect and uplift.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Sabri Brothers are maybe the BEST qawwals out there 8 Nov. 2002
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Format: Audio CD
I have heard most of their stuff, and they outshine all others, including Nusrat Fateh Ali. They are in total harmony, and have some of the greates voices in Pakistan. Their songs are some of the most spiritual, and best qawallis in Pakistan. And please, don't bash them cause they're Muhajirs and not Sindhi/Punjabi.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Qawwali - Sufi Music From Pakistan 26 Oct. 2002
By James M. Brown - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After being a devotee of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen (I love her "Devotional Journey"), I was unsure about the Sabri Brothers. However this CD impressed me enough that I just ordered Ya Habib and Greatest Hits by the Sabri Brothers. I appreciate the uncompromising genuineness and heart that they put into this work. I have been disappointed in other artists cutting short tracks that don't get to the hypnotic, trance-like quality of qawwali, or who mix in new-age instrumentals (I don't really even like NFAK's "Night Song" CD with Michael Brook). This is my favorite type of music, so I highly value finding good new artists in the genre. I would not have found the Sabri Brothers unless I had gone online and searched.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is the *real* soul music! 22 Dec. 1998
By Govind Seshadri - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Some of the best qawalli I've heard in a long time. The liner notes are excellent too. Soar amongst the ecstatic thermals created by the Sabri brothers and let your spirit enjoy the trip.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A miracle of abondonment to passion. The greatest Qawwali. 16 Jun. 1998
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Format: Audio CD
This is the finest of the Sabri brothers and of Qawwali in general that I have heard. The star of this recording is the extraordinary uninhibited voice of the lead Sabri brother. The mixture of discipline and abondonment creates a spiritual force quite unfamiliar in the West. It is a recording that has influenced me more than any other work of art and I can still play as if I am hearing it for the first time after 20yrs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Intoxicating! 18 May 2009
By Ahmed Mahmood - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
From the first track all the way to the very last, this album truly raised the spiritual ecstacy of the listener. The sound of the intense sound of the dholak alongside the beautiful and strong voices of Ghulam Sabri and Maqbool Sabri truly create an experience like no other.

The lyrics themselves are one of the most beautiful I've heard, especially in Dai Halima, the song that made me smile and moved me to the very core of my heart. And of course, Duma dum Mast Qalandar is an intoxicating track. Ghulam Farid Sabri may not be with us anymore, but the strength in his voice lives on through the music he created with Sabri Brothers. This is a must have for anyone who loves Qawwali music and the classical music of India and Pakistan.
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