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Published on 11 Mar 2011 | over 5 years ago

July 7th 1940, When the world was in the midst of a vast, dramatic transformation, an 18-year old tangawalla embarked on a journey from Multan to Hyderabad, using the shrines of Sindh as a source of inspiration for the songs of love and devotion he wrote for Sindhi Sufi saints. Among his most enduring and resonant pieces of work were the internationally renowned Lal Meri Pat Rakhiyo (composed in praise of Lal Shahbaz) and the lesser-known, but equally captivating Garholi, written in praise of Sachal Sarmast. His name was Fakir Abul Ghafoor and he changed the face of music in Pakistan. In time, he would become one of the greatest practitioners of Sufi Soul and his songs would become the symbols of Sufi doctrine in Sindh. March 27th 1982, Abida Parveen, the mistress of Sufi soul, bewitchingly brought Garholi to life again. July 17th 2005, Over 60 years after Ghafoor conceived Garholi, THE LAST GARHOLI, a unique, modern-day interpretation of an old classic, drawing from the collective musical genius of Fakir Abdul Ghafoor and Abida Parveen and remixed by the path-breaking Pakistani duo of Junaid Mumtaz and Adeel Ahmed, known as Silk Percussion, THE LAST GARHOLI is a 26-minute Sufi trance epic from the Tribal House. Mumtaz & Ahmed, together they stand at the vanguard of the music revolution in Pakistan.

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