From the Archives: Abida Parveen

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First of all: thank to all of you who responded so encouragingly to my previous post in which I mooted the idea that perhaps the time had come to close down this particular creative outlet.  Your words and vibes were really encouraging and well received. Thanks so much.  I still don’t have as much time as I’d like to attend to the blog/s but as it so happens today I do!

One of the people who contacted me asked about Abida Parveen. He had heard Bjork talking about Abida’s music in glowing terms and wanted to know and hear a bit more. That got me thinking that the best way to introduce David to the music of Abida was to reup this very old post from about 4 years ago.

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It goes without saying that if you’re reading a blog and have even the slightest of interest in the music of Sufi Asia, Abida Parveen needs no introduction. Like her male alter ego, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, she has left a giant size imprint on the musical landscape of Pakistan and South Asia generally.

Born in the Sindhi lands of the Bhuttos, she studied with her father who operated a music school in Larkana. She travelled with him to the many urs celebrations through Sindh and Punjab where she was mesmerised by the Sufi poetry she heard sung by famous and anonymous itinerant musicians. She later spent time under the tutelage of the grand ustad Salamat Ali Khan before crashing onto the musical scene with her full voiced, enrapturing and highly animated singing. (for the goodies and entire post)

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