إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
“We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return”
JollyGul.com pays special tribute to our beloved artist Shamshu Jamal who passed away last week (December 27, 2019) and will be dearly missed by many in the community who are familiar with his creative work.
Shamshu Jamal was an internationally acclaimed vocalist, musician, lyricist and composer, originally from Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania. He settled in Vancouver BC in 1973.
Shamshu was a rare and generous personality who was committed to different genres and aspects of light music such as ghazals, bhajans, ginans and Ismaili geets. His singing evokes feelings of longing and yearning and he penned simple yet expressive lyrics.
Shamshu was born and brought up around music; his training began in the 1940s by his father, the Late Noordin Jamal. After settling in Vancouver, Shamshu began teaching music. He taught his students to play raags on harmonium, vocal culturing, as well as rhythm. Some of his students were his own children and grandchildren as well. His son Riyaz is a renowned tabla nawaaz. His daughter Rosemin sung with him in his Silver Jubilee Album.
In the year 2000, the Government of Canada’s Council for the Arts recognized Shamshu’s accomplishments and contribution to Indian Music in Canada, and awarded him a prestigious grant to pursue advanced music studies in India.
In recent years, Shamshu had begun to pass on his knowledge to the younger generation. In his 2015 Ginan Mehfil in Yaletown, he trained seven Ismaili singers under the age of 30 to sing ginans, geets, and qasidas with music.
As a harmonium player Shamshu had shared the stage with artists such as Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Smt. Shweta Jhaveri.
Shamshu Jamal passed away in Vancouver BC on Dec 27th 2019 at the age of 83 years.
Some of Shamshu Jamal’s Albums include:
Paheli Mulakaat (with Khursheed Nurali) in 1978
Jubilee ke Naghme (recorded in England with his daughter Rosemin) in 1983
Khushiali Geets – Ismaili Geets recorded in India 2000
Oos Zamaane Ki – Ghazals recorded in India 2000
Chuntikaadhela Bhajano – Bhajans recorded in India 2000
Jashne Jubilee (with his children Rosemin & Riyaz and grandson Imran)
Jalsaa (Ghazals Live in LA)
Along with numerous cassettes of his live concerts with singers such as Jaishree & Khursheed.
Shamshu has also arranged and directed music for several albums including: Makumbusho za Unguja, Melodious Ginans, Mehfil-e-Ginan, Ginan Mushaida, Shaan-e-Karimi Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 etc.
JollyGul.com wishes to acknowledge Aly Sunderji for providing above profile text of the late Shamshu Jamal. Shamshu’s loss will not only be felt by his near and dear ones, His passing is a great loss for Global Ismaili Community.
Acha chalta hoon (Alright, I’m leaving now)
Duaaon mein yaad rakhna (Please remember me in your prayers)
Mere zikr ka zubaan pe swaad rakhna (keep the taste of my name on your tongue)
****Shamshu Jamal’s Geets & Ginans on JollyGul.com****
As a special tribute, JollyGul.com has just launched Shamshu Jamal’s website on its hosting platform. The Jamat can now conveniently play and enjoy all his wonderful devotional geets and ginan recitations in one place.
JollyGul.com audio player displays synchronized line by line lyrics and translations for some of Shamshu’s most popular geets and ginans.
Please start enjoying Shamshu’s singing on your computer or smartphone by clicking on the link provided below.