The most glamorous night of the Pakistani entertainment industry, 15th year celebration of LSA, turned emotional and blue when Ali Zafar paid tribute to the legendary Pakistani Qawwal, Late Amjad Sabri; whose recent chilling murder left the nation in shock and mourning. Zafar’s soulful rendition, featuring Ali Sethi and QB, touched a million hearts and brought tears to the eyes of not only those present at the event but also fans from across the world.
Singing qawwali was a first for Ali Zafar who was joined on the stage by all his celebrity friends, to pay respects to the great legend. Those seen on stage along side Ali Zafar and Ali Sethi were; Urwa and Mawra Hocane, Farhan Saeed, Ahmed Ali Butt, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Humayun Saeed, Ayesha Khan, Yasir Hussein, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Amir and Huma Adnan.
During the tribute performance, the host of the evening, Zafar, went into the audience and invited Amjad Sabri’s son, Mujadid and his uncles to grace the stage with their presence. Zafar also requested Sabri’s son to sing a few lines from his father’s qawwali and presented the family with a lifetime achievement award for the man who left us all too soon.
Neither Amjad Sabri’s family nor the audience could hold back their tears during the Qawwali. Even Ali Zafar was seen teary eyed during the performance on the stage. Post the show broadcast, the number of fan emails Zafar has received, has superseded all the appreciatory messages he has received in the past for any solo or collaborative musical project. This phenomenal love expressed was not just for singing a beautiful rendition dedicated to a legend but also for creating an unforgettable moment on this night for honouring him on stage in his family’s presence.