Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Qawwal - Ghulam Farid & Maqbool Ahmed Sabri and Party

Ghulam Farid Sabri & Maqbool Ahmed Sabri with Party - Qawwal
EMI India - 3AEX 16001 - P.1977

Side A

A1 Ya sahebal jamal wa ya sayed ul bashar
- lyric: Amber Shah Warsi
A2 Aaj rang hai ae ma rang ha ri
- lyric: Hazrat Amir Khusrau

Side B

B1 Bhar do jholi meri ya Mohammed
B2 Ae khuda iltejh hai meri
- lyrics: Purnam Allahabadi

Wanted to post this for a change, Not much I have to say about it! I t is an early recording with The Sabri's, I find this one very interesting as it seems rather "filmi" and very produced and polished according to its time. Religious music definitely has a big commercial value. Here they are getting popular with the Indian market, or is it just me? Any thoughts on differences with later recordings. I find the "element" of serious strong devotion less pronounced anyhow. More trying to be entertaining in approach than satisfying any religious fervor... Hmm...
Not "wooly" enough for my tastes but pretty good music.


L'Idiot said...

M. le Chargé d'affaires et Ministre de la Culture et des relations internationelles Luobanienne...ouf!

Je vous remercie de partager tant de musiques. La beauté est une chose rare et être saisi par elle est ma plus grande joie.


Miguel said...


Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for another interesting journey into our musical past, Mr.Bolingo!

I'm addicted to your blog like I am to my morning cup of coffee!!


bolingo69 said...

My mind almost got the feeling that there were also other perceptions than my own solipse! ;-)

Mmmm, kapi!! Filtered, arabic, ethiopian, Iraqi... well any coffe! My problem is I can only drink it in the evening after dinner these days. Started drinking when i was four and seem to have developed some hyper sensitivity... But there is always the alternative of tea ;-)

arvind said...

Interesting record, just listening to it now. I think your guess is right on the money, bo. These instrumental intros to the main songs must have been brought in with the idea of making the listeners in India (who were already used to filmi qawwalis in bollywood) feel comfortable, and provide the brothers with an entry point into India. It might also have been a case of high-handed orchestral arrangement by some disinterested goof in EMI India :) Did it work? Going by the numbers of this record I've seen in my local record shop, it must have been very popular. Comparing this with contemporaneous records issued by EMI Pakistan will I'm sure reveal some interesting things.

But then, that was a time when such "arrangements" had just begun on a large level and they were possibly well received too. I've heard many folk and devotional (Hindu, Christian and Muslim)records from the period that have similar orchestras either mixed in with the main body of sound, or providing an easy entry point, like here. In some cases, it threw up interesting new sounds, in some others, it fell flat.

That said, the sound here is interesting, like in the colourful first song, which sounds like bollwood's attempt at creating some sort of Arabian setting for the composition (which is in Persian and Urdu and possibly even Arabic), and the brothers shine as ever, esp. in Aaj rang hai, one of my favourite kalams!

Thanks a lot, bo!

VicDiesel said...

Much as I enjoy all the ragas, thanks for posting some party music!

dmatlb said...

I have quite a few EMI Pakistan LPs by the Sabri Brothers, and the instrumental intros on this one are typical.

Anonymous said...

can i get songs lyrics of this!!!