Traditional / folk music of PAKISTAN


Pakistan is a nation in south-central Asia, divided into four linguistic and cultural regions: Punjab, Sindi, Baluchistan, and the Northwest Frontier. Being in neighbor of India, Afghanistan and Iran and accepting lots of music and  cultural elements from these countries, mixed them and give a new character to them, make folk music in Pakistan rich and exceptional. Since Pakistan got independent, under the rule of Islam, music has been restricted except for ceremonial use. However Sufism has an exceptional official rule. So one of the most important genres of music in Pakistan is Qawwali. Qawwali is the Voice of Divine power. The purpose is get the artist and audience closer to Allah by repeating the trance-like words and phrases until they get exhausted and only the form remains. As Qawwali brings from Iran and Sufism of Iran in old times, most of the lyrics are in Persian. 

Ghazal is another folk music in Pakistan which are love poem songs in Urdu (official language in Pakistan).They are a synthesis of Persian/Farsi language songs from Persia, which brought to India by the Mughals and transforms in their indigenous Indian languages. Also it has root in classical Arabic poetry. "Ghazal" is an Arabic word which means "Talking to women".

Pakistan has many music instruments in common with India. Here are some examples of music instruments in Pakistan: Dholak, Duff, Harmonium, Idiophones, Rabab, Sarangi, Surna, Tabla.

Also the folk music in Pakistan can be categorized by regions: Balochi music, Punjabi music, Potohari music, Sindhi music.Kashmiri music, Saraiki music,  Pashto music, Hindko music. They consist of telling folk stories, love stories or rituals like Qawwali or performing in the weddings. As in all of these regions, different people and tribes talk in many different languages, it gives a huge diversity to their folk musics and traditions.

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Traditional / folk songs for PAKISTAN


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Sain Zahoor
Song:  Allah Allah Bol O Bndy
By:  Sain Zahoor
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, Punjabi folk music, mystic, fakir, iktar, ektara, tumbi
Faiz Ali Faiz
Song:  Mast Kalandar Lal
By:  Faiz Ali Faiz
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal

Abida Parveen
Song:  Jhallan Pakhi Tey
By:  Abida Parveen
folk music of Pakistan, Pakistani folk music, ghazal
Pathanay Khan
Song:  Chheena een chhaneeda yaar
By:  Pathanay Khan
folk music of Pakistan, Seraiki folk music, sufi music, Pakistani folk music, ghazal

Muhammad Juman
Song:  Yaar Daadi Ishq
By:  Muhammad Juman
folk music of Pakistan, Sindhi folk music, Pakistani folk music, ghazal
Tufail Niazi
Song:  Saada Chirryan Da Chamba Ae
By:  Tufail Niazi
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, Punjabi folk music

Tufail Niazi
Song:  Main Ni Jana Kheriyan de Naal
By:  Tufail Niazi
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, Punjabi folk music
Malika Pukhraj
Song:  Abhi to Main Jawan Hoon
By:  Malika Pukhraj
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, ghazal

Malika Pukhraj
Song:  Kab Tak Dil Ki Khair Manayen
By:  Malika Pukhraj
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, ghazal
Sarmad Sindhi
Song:  Asaan Je Saad Me Aa Sik Saen
By:  Sarmad Sindhi
folk music of Pakistan, Sindhi folk music, Sindhi music, Pakistani folk music

Allan Fakir
Song:  Ho Allah Ho Allah
By:  Allan Fakir
folk music of Pakistan, Sindhi folk music, sufi music, Pakistani folk music
Zarsanga
Song:  Gula Sta de Kilie
By:  Zarsanga
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, ghazal, Pashtun folk music, rabab, rubab

Zarsanga
Song:  Ma Ta De Khyber Lara
By:  Zarsanga
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, ghazal, Pashtun folk music, rabab, rubab
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Song:  Haq Ali Ali Maula
By:  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal, Punjabi folk music

Sain Zahoor
Song:  Dama Dam Mast Qalandar
By:  Sain Zahoor
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, Punjabi folk music, mystic, fakir, iktar, ektara, tumbi
Sabri Brothers
Song:  Ya Sahib Ul Jamal
By:  Sabri Brothers
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal, Punjabi folk music

Abida Parveen
Song:  Har Ke Talib Haq Buad Man Hazeram (Je Suis Disponible À Chaque Élève Désirant Accéder À La Verité)
By:  Abida Parveen
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal, Punjabi folk music
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Song:  Jewleh Lal
By:  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Pakistani folk music, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal, Punjabi folk music

Sain Zahoor
Song:  Ni Main Kamli Yaar Di
By:  Sain Zahoor
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, Punjabi folk music, mystic, fakir, iktar, ektara, tumbi
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Song:  Dama Dam Mast Qalandar
By:  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal, Punjabi folk music

Sabri Brothers
Song:  Dama Dam Mast Qalandar
By:  Sabri Brothers
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal, Punjabi folk music
Abida Parveen
Song:  Dama Dam Mast Qalandar
By:  Abida Parveen
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal, Punjabi folk music

Abida Parveen
Song:  Man Kunto Maula
By:  Abida Parveen
Pakistani folk music, sufi music, qawwali, ghazal
Sain Zahoor
Song:  Allah Hu
By:  Sain Zahoor
Pakistani folk music, folk music of Pakistan, sufi music, Punjabi folk music, mystic, fakir, iktar, ektara, tumbi


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