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Sain Zahoor, inspiring Sufi singer with magical voice

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Posted February 15, 2012 by admin in Music

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Sufi singer Sain ZahoorPakistan is blessed with talented singers and artists. They are spread around every corner of the country waiting to be discovered. Sain Zahoor (Saeen Zahur Ahmad) is one of such talent who is singing from decades at different shrines and has never seen the inside of a record studio until 2001. Sain Zahoor was born in rural Punjab (Okara). He grew up living in shrines under an influence of Sufi music and culture. He was discovered singing in some food festival in Lahore and got his break. Since then he had traveled around the world mesmerizing audience with his strong vocal chords and Sufi music.

Acclaim also got Sain Zahoor nomination for the BBC World Music awards where he was chosen the “Best BBC Voice of the year 2006”. Saeen Zahur doesn’t know how to write or read, but he has memorized Sufi poetry and songs. He prefers singing Sufi ‘kalaam’ of Bulleh Shah and Shah Badakhshi etc. But for most of us in Pakistan, he was first recognized when he was featured in Coke Studio (Season-2) in 2009. His solo number Toomba and Aik Alif with Noori was an instant hit. The audience just loved him. Extremely gifted Sain Zahoor is down to earth humble, simple and accessible. Meeting him just remind us that we are fast becoming country that is falling to radicalization, fundamentalism and utter ignorance where performing art are not promoted and even consider Haram (forbidden). On the other, there is no support from government to cultivate an environment that promotes art and literature. There is a need to promote art, literature and cultural activities in Pakistan. It is also necessary to fight extremism & intolerance and it is certainly not forbidden by the Islam provided it is within the boundary of decency and sophistication.

 Courtesy: Mobeen Ansari (Photo) & Coke Studio (Video)

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