Folk singer Allan Faqeer remembered
LAHORE (92 News) – After eighteen years, Sindhi folk singer and recipient of President’s Pride of Performance, Allan Faqeer is being remembered today on his death anniversary today (Wednesday).
The vocalist was famed for his ecstatic style of performance, marked with extreme devotional rhetoric and Sufi dance-singing. Born in 1932 in Jamshoro district of Sindh, Allan Faqeer rose to fame singing Sufi songs comprising verses from Sufi saint Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s poetry.
Allan himself chose the suffix ‘faqeer’ for his name. Allan Faqeer- the singer of ‘Humma Humma (Allah Allah kar bhyyia), a fusion of pop and folk singing, not only took Pakistan to the centre of the world music arena but also led to his co-singer Muhammad Ali Shehki to new heights of popularity in the late 1980s.
He was bestowed with the Presidential honour of ‘Pride of Performance’ in 1980. The Sufi singer also received Shah Latif Award, Shahbaz Award, and Kandh Kot Award. Allan Faqeer passed away on July 4, 2000.