The senseless, tragic death of Amjad Sabri, 40, is a national loss that has the music community and the country reeling in unspeakable grief once more.
Despite the success in Pakistan and beyond, Sabri was known as a “gentle and humble person, treasured and respected by everyone who met him”.
Though he is no longer with us, Amjad Sabri will be making what will now be called a posthumous appearance on the upcoming ninth season of Coke Studio, probably his last studio recording. In fact, Amjad Sabri, together with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, will read the qawwali, ‘Aj Rang Hai’, which has been directed by Jaffer Ali Zaidi, one of the six producers this season.
Speaking about this kalaam during the recording in May, the late Amjad Sabri had stated, “About 40 years ago, my father and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan read this kalaam at a dargah in Karachi and 40 years later, Rahat and I are reading it again (on Coke Studio Season 9).”
Though Sabri has never made a Coke Studio appearance prior to the upcoming season, ‘Tajdar e Haram’ was performed by Atif Aslam in Season 8 as a tribute to the original performers, Ghulam Farid Sabri and Maqbool Ahmed Sabri. Amjad Sabri had also helped Coke Studio on this rendition. The rendition gained worldwide fame with over 33 million views on digital media and was endorsed by Sabri himself who stole the show when he performed at the Lux Style Awards in 2015.
An irreparable loss, may he rest in peace and may his family and friends find the strength to get through this loss.