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Renowned Sufi singer Saeen Zahoor is all set to release his new album next month. The album consists of songs based on Punjabi Sufi poetry, which he hopes to represent in a new and unique style.
Zahoor is working on the poetry of Saint Baba Bulleh Shah for his new music venture. Besides Bulleh Shah, the album consists songs inspired by the poetry of two other mystical poets from Punjab, Waris Shah, and Baba Farid.
“My aim is to promote the saint’s messages to a world that has kept me happy for around 75 years. I am very committed to this and am glad that I will be delivering such messages through my poetry, internationally.”
The folklore singer from Okara, Pakistan is currently settled in Lahore. He has been serving the folk music industry of Punjab for sixty years.
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“My identity will always stem from the child who started singing very young, holding the ektara,” said the star. “I have always sung Sufi poetry and even after spending so many years within this industry, I still prefer Sufi music and poetry above anything else. It has and always will remain my priority.”
Zahoor, 75, rose to fame after a contest held by BBC. He was selected as the Best BBC Voice of the year in 2006.
Saeen Zahoor, since then has performed globally and have appeared on Coke Studio Pakistan as well. In his conversation with a leading publication of Pakistan, he reiterated that his primary purpose is to support Pakistan’s Sufi music locally and abroad.
“I am happy to have spent my whole life for the welfare of Punjabi music and the promotion of Sufi poetry – full of love, peace, and humanity. I have performed at Urs at Sufi shrines, and festivals for as long as I can remember and it gives me the utmost joy. This is the reason still I enjoy working with Punjabi poetry.”
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“I feel privileged to have been able to sing Sufi poetry and am looking forward to honoring the work of Baba Bulleh Shah. He is my favorite and the audiences love his work too.” Saeen Zahoor emphasized that there exists a huge fan base for Pakistani music in the international market.
He added, “Pakistan has many great singers who have made their way to the top with some amazing work. I try to contribute to the country’s music industry to the best of my ability and it is my mission to perform excellently; especially when I perform abroad so that the audience can appreciate our local folk work.”