Famous Qawwal Maqbool Ahmed Sabri on Wednesday passed away in South Africa.
Maqbool Sabri was born in 12 October, 1941 in Kalyana. Maqbool formed a Qawwali group at the age of eleven. Soon afterwards, Ghulam Farid.
Their first recording, released in 1958, was the Urdu Qawwali, Mera Koi Nahin Hai. They were the first exponents of Qawwali to the West, when they performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1975.
Over the years, several of their qawwalis have featured in films. Mera Koi Nahin Hai appeared in the 1965 film Ishq-e-Habib, Mohabbat Karne Walo in the 1970 film Chand Suraj, Aaye Hain Tere Dar Pe in the 1972 film Ilzam, Bhar Do Johli Meri Ya Muhammad in the 1975 film Bin Badal Barsaat, Teri Nazr-e-Karam in the 1976 film Sachaii, Tajdar-e-Haram in the 1982 film Sahaaray, and Aftab-e-Risalat in the 1977 Indian film Sultan-e-Hind.
Maqbool Sabri left four daughters and one son.