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Amjad Sabri: The Man Who Wouldn't Take Money To Sing In Praise Of Pakistan

When I phoned Sabri, he refused, unlike other artistes, to accept any money for the job of singing the Pakistan national anthem. When I asked him to at least quote a price in case we managed to get a sponsor, he snapped, "Abey bhenchod, apnay mulk ka 'Qaumi Taranah' gaanay ke paisay loon? Tum jisko marzi becho, main nahin lunga paisay(Look, sisterfucker, you think I'll take money to sing my own national anthem? I don't care what you sell, I won't take money). "

Qawwali And The Sufi Tradition: Music That Unites

The annual commemorative festival, or urs, of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Gharib Nawaz (1141 AD-1236 AD), the emancipator of the poor, the founder of the Chishti order of Sufism in South Asia takes place in Ajmer, India. Every year hundreds of devotees from around the world throng to this Sufi gathering. The festival starts with traditional religious supplications and recitation of the Quran, followed by renditions of qawwali, the devotional Sufi music that has flourished and thrived in South Asia through the ages.