Abdullah Manzoor Niazi

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Abdullah Manzoor Niazi Qawwal
Birth name Abdullah Muhammad Manzoor Niazi
Born 1960
Origin Pakistan
Genres Qawwali
Instruments harmonium

Abdullah Muhammad Manzoor Niazi Qawwal is a Pakistani Qawwal.[1] He was born in Karachi at 1960 and is the eldest son of Manzoor Niazi Qawwal. He belongs to Qawwal Bachchon ka Gharana of Dehli.[2] He performed with his father Manzoor Niazi Qawwal, and over time took over more and more responsibility. After the death of his father Manzoor Niazi Qawwal,[3] he became the lead Qawwal of the party, which included his Brothers. In 2015 he set up a new Qawwal party, with his sons Waqas Ahmed, Saad Ahmed, and Fahad Ahmed becoming the prime backup vocalists.

Abdullah Manzoor Niazi Qawwal performs various genres of Qawwali such as Thumri, Khayal, Tarana, Sufism, Classical. His performance style is steeped in Ameer Khusro's Kalaam and has a rigorous classicism. Abdullah Manzoor Niazi Qawwal carries the performance with a command and virtuosity rarely found in contemporary Qawwals.[4] He manages to capture the musical emotionality of Khusro's poetry in all its subtlety and intensity.

Early life[edit]

Abdullah Manzoor Niazi learned Qawwali from his father Manzoor Niazi Qawwal and his uncle Bahauddin Qawwal.


Abdullah Manzoor Niazi Qawwal has released many albums and has also recorded qawwalis for ARY Qtv, and Pakistan Television. In addition, he has recorded Qawwalis for South Africa's Radio Lotus (1989), Oslo Television (1991) and DoorDarshan of India.

Abdullah Manzoor Niazi started his international career with a successful tour of South Africa in 1989, which was his first international tour. He has performed in South Africa, USA, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Dubai, Abu Dhabi,[5] Muscat, India,[6] Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and many more.

In addition, Abdullah Manzoor Niazi Qawwal had collaborated with Komal Rizvi for her song "Jhoolay Lal [7]", which was released by HMV India in 2013.

His major qawwalis include, "Yaroon Mera Shikwa";[8] "Sirf Ek Baar";[9] and "Bhula Hua Mori" [10]


Abdullah Manzoor Niazi has received the following awards.

  • International Mystic Music Sufi Festival Award Presented to Abdullah Manzoor Niazi Qawwal (2007)
  • ARY QTV Awards in the Category of Popular Qawwal (2010).

See also[edit]

Abdullah Niazi Qawwal


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