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Music Under Siege in Pakistan Posted by on Jun 26, 2016

Amjad Sabri (pic from dunyanews.tv)

Qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was killed in a gun attack by unidentified miscreants in Karachi on Wednesday, June 22nd. Sources indicated that four unidentified gunmen atop two motorcycles opened fire at his car while he was heading for the studio of a private television channel to take part in the broadcast transmission. Amjad Sabri was born on December 23,…

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Pakistani Qawwali (Sufi Folk Music) Posted by on Jun 25, 2016

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I write this blog today with a very heavy heart in the wake of the assassination of the famed Amjad Sabri Qawal. I’ll dedicate my next blog to him alone but wanted to lay a little ground work giving my readers an insight and background of sufi folk music and Qawwali’s. Qawwali is a pure…

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Lassi – The Summer Drink of Pakistan Posted by on Jun 18, 2016

Yogurt Lassi (image from www.zabihabites.com)

Lassi (Urdu: لسی) is a very popular summer drink in Pakistan. It is jokingly termed as “White Beer” for it’s cool refreshing taste. It is basically a yogurt smoothie that can be made in several different ways. The most popular flavor is salted lassi followed by a sweet one. You can add any fruit or flavor to…

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Samosa Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

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A samosa (Urdu: سموسہ‎) is a fried or baked pastry with savory fillings, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils and sometimes ground lamb, ground beef or ground chicken. During Ramadan these days a samosa is a cherished treat at Iftaar (when Muslims open fast). The samosa originated in the Middle East (where it is known as sambosa) prior to the 10th century. They were introduced to South…

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It’s Ramadan! Posted by on Jun 7, 2016

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Ramadan رمضان  is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and began on Monday, June 6th, 2016. Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims, and is considered to be one of the holiest times of the year. It was established as a holy month for Muslims after the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad…

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