Coke Studio has dedicated this qawwali to Amjad Sabri. It is being seen by his fans as a fitting tribute to the slain goliath qawwal, Sabri, who was murdered on June 22 in Karachi.
The rhythm of the two resounding voices presenting 700 years old kalaam of Amir Khusro will leave you in a state of awe.
Around 40 years ago, a shrine echoed with the sound of a traditional qawwali performed in an epic collaboration by the maestros, Ghulam Farid Sabri, Amjad’s father, with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat’s uncle. The divine kalaam of Amir Khusro – ‘Aj Rang Hai’ – soared through the skies.
In what has been deemed as the most anticipated performance of Coke Studio’s Season 9, the two families return to the platform for the first time since, as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Amjad Sabri collaborate to perform the very track, four decades later.
Recorded in the first and only take, as the song’s melodic heart unfolds Rahat’s vocals float over the top, forging ahead into well-known territories.
With the rasp of Sabri’s rumbling vocals fuelled by a momentary key change, combining the sounds of the past and the present whilst igniting the sense of nostalgia most gracefully – carrying you off to somewhere else entirely.
— Coke Studio (@cokestudio) September 20, 2016
Embodying the classic traditional essence, the kalaam comes alive enriched by the raw, soulful inflections warming your heart and soul for many more decades, a Coke Studio public announcement said. This kalaam recited by Amjad Sabri has simply enchanting effects; people are left looking for words to express their feelings and wishing him Return If Possible.
— sana jamil (@sanajamil99) September 23, 2016
Coke studio reminding us of the gem we lost so soon | RANG by RFAK & Amjad Sabri (ALLAH unkay darjaat buland farmyen).#CokeStudio9
— Zeshan (@mrZeshanAli) September 23, 2016
What an ending to Coke Studio season 9, Amjad Sabri’s voice may have bought a tear to my eyes.
— Kashif (@ksajjad_) September 23, 2016
A masterpiece by the late Amjad Sabri. Sufi genre will miss you, Sir.
— Ammar Shaukat (@AmmarShaukatt) September 23, 2016
RIP Amjad Sabri ❤️️
No further words…
— عادل (@aurAdil) September 23, 2016
Zaaaaalimo kia banda maaar dya yar
Amjad Sabri, Rung made you immortal ♡
What a voice , no1 can fill his space:(
— Ayman سویلینSherwani (@AymanSherwani) September 23, 2016
“Amjad Sabri” has a spiritual relation with his followers.
— Ali Wasif Zaidi (@Aliwasifz) September 23, 2016
رمضان المبارک میں شہادت، جمعے کے روز آخری صوفیانہ کلام، امجد صابری تمھیں ہم فراموش نہیں کرسکتے۔
— محمد عمیر دبیر (@UmairDabeer) September 23, 2016
Hearing Amjad Sabri’s last kalaam and regretting what a legend we have lost…#CokeStudio9
— … (@jalebiii) September 23, 2016
RIP Amjad Sabri, you are an immortal because of your art.
— Shumail (@Shumyl) September 23, 2016