Thursday, 27 December 2012

'Alan Faqir - Vol. 1 - Sufi Music from Sindh - Cassette from Pakistan

Side A (23:05)
Side B (23:22)

Many thanks to Danny for sharing this cassette.

'Alan (Allan) Faqir (1932-2000) was one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music in Pakistan. He was particularly known for his ecstatic style of performance marked with extreme devotional rhetoric and sufi dance singing. Deprived of a mother's love, he went off in search of someone who could replace that love. He arrived at the tomb of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai in Bhit Shah and started living there. Faqir's memory was sharp even though he could not read and write. Hearing the traditional Latifi Raag sung every night touched his heart. Encouraged by Faqir Zawar Qurban Ali Lanjwani and Moolchand Maharaj, he began singing Bhitai's poetry at the shrine and ultimately spent twenty years there until meeting Mumtaz Mirza, who introduced him to Radio Pakistan and ptv in Hyderabad and helped him to learn the correct pronunciation of Bhitai's poetry. Eventually, he became a performing legend. 


Anonymous said...

could you please post the song titles for both Vols 1 & 4? thanks

Tawfiq said...

No, sorry, I'm not able to decipher them. Perhaps a Pakistani could come in and help.
All I can say is that it is Sufi music, so it is probably all about love for Allah.