Abida: The Undisputed Queen of Sufi Music
When it comes to Sufiana and Arfana Kalam, different Sufi and Folk artists have marked their niche i.e. Pathanay Khan for Seraiki folk, Nusrat Saheb for Punjabi & Urdu Qawwali , and Ustad Juman for Sindhi Folk Music. However, when one is seeking an artist who is equally adept at Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Seraiki kalam in any form such as Qawwali, Kafi, Classical and Ghazals, there is one undisputed Queen. Our very own Abida Parveen.
Hailing from the small city of Larkana (Pakistani side of Sindh), she still reigns the world of Sufiana and Arfana Kalam. Her impeccable voice is known for drowning audiences into wajd and ecstasy.
With more than 100 albums to her acclaim, she remains the front runner for consistently delivering music that remains evergreen as herself.
Here are two tracks to admire the genius of our Sufi Queen, from the days of her singing Ghoom Charakhra at the Bhit Shah (Shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai) to the recent collaboration with Ustaad Raeed Khan’s Main Sufi Hoon.