Our Artists, Our Heroes: Shabnam Merali

JollyGul.com has launched Shabnam Merali’s website on its hosting platform. The Jamat can now conveniently play and enjoy all her devotional geets and ginans in one place.

JollyGul.com audio player displays synchronized line by line lyrics and translations for some of Shabnam’s most popular geets sung in Gujarati, Urdu and Sindhi languages. The translations were commissioned by JollyGul.com and are available for the first time in the English language.

The website has the following sections: Profile, Audios, Videos, Gallery (Pics), Updates and a Contact Form.

Shabnam Merali

Shabnam Merali recites Ginans, Geets, Ghazals, Qawwalis and Sufi Kalaams.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Shabnam immigrated to Canada in the early eighties. As she began performing in concerts across North America, Shabnam replaced her accounting career with a musical one.

Shabnam gets invited to tour South Asia, East Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania), Canada, USA, United Kingdom and Europe where she gives invigorating performances. She was also invited to perform Diamond Jubilee and Golden Jubilee Darbars in several countries around the world.

Internationally recognized for singing Ginans, Geets, Ghazals, Qawwalis and Sufi Kalaams, Shabnam has performed in a variety of musical platforms within the Ismaili community as well as externally for over two decades.

Shabnam has composed and released numerous albums for Geets, Sufi Kalaams, Qawwalis and Ginans such as Expressions, Khushi, Sunehra Safar, Shukran, Shaan e Ali, Ishq e Ali, Shahnama e Karimi as well as various ginan series such as Ilm e Ginan, Anant Akhado, and more.

Shabnam Merali’s various albums and geets take us through a beautiful journey of love and devotion for Mawla, paying tribute to Mawlana Hazar Imam. The compositions, musically rendered in Urdu, Gujarati, Sindhi and Farsi are a blend of Raas Garba, Cultural, Classical and Qawwali – bringing together an intense celebration of Sufic expression through a historical journey based on the Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad, historical journey of Hazar Imam, Unity and Love for Mawla.

Artistically, the melodies are a composition of various genres of devotional poetry from the Sufi and South Asian heritage allowing Shabnam’s desire to bring a global musical experience to the Ismaili Jamat worldwide. These melodies invite you into a journey through Ismaili and Islamic history with love and devotion for Hazar Imam

Link to Shabnam Merali’s website on JollyGul.com:

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

3 thoughts

  1. Shabnam merali is a rare jewel. My regret is Her live performance on Jan 31st 2020 at burnaby lake JK for its 30 year anniversary, was not videotaped or if it was why are Dvds not made and distributed for people to view in laptops. Audio playback on website or video clips could never convey the emotional impact of a full 3 hour live concert digitally mastered DVD for spiritual enhancement


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