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The Best Qawwali Singers

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List Criteria: The Best Qawwali Artists of All Time

The story of Qawwali music starts over 700 years ago in late 13th century India. Like many great genres of music, Qawwali has religious and cultural roots - it was developed as a way to express devotion to Sufism, primarily in Urdu, Punjabi, and Pakistani. Female singers and male singers perform songs - which are basically poems - that express themes of love, devotion, and longing. Ancient Qawwali music was typically performed in Sufi shrines, but If you're a fan of modern Qawwali music, it is likely due to the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the most famous Qawwali artist in the modern era. Khan, along with other famous Qawwali singers like Pakistan's Sabri Brothers, Bahauddin Qutbuddin, and Aziz Mian, gave the genre international exposure by recording Qawwali songs and performing them live around the world.

This list attempts to document all of the pakistani female singers and male singers, as well as those who sing in Urdu and Punjabi, and answer the question of who is the absolute best. This list of qawwali singers includes a filter so you can sort where they are from and any additional genres in which their music belongs. These are truly the greatest qawwali singers of all time, since the most famous qawwali artists (some of who are solo artists, others are bands and groups) ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best qawwali music.

The greatest qawwali singer is generally considered to be Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, though there are numerous other names on this list. Even Khan has people who disagree with his position at the top, as the order of this list changes dynamically based on who likes what -- so make your voice heard by voting for your favorite singers, and add any that are missing at the bottom of the list. All important, significant and iconic names in qawwali music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely.

Who are the best qawwali singers of all time? Who is the greatest qawwali musician ever? It is up to you to decide. After you've voted for the best qawwali singers and musicians in history here, share this on Facebook, Twitter and more to get your friends' opinions and turn them on to all the good and great singers of the very unique qawwali style of world music. 
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    Qawwali, Ghazal, Fusion

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    Qawwali, Ghazal, Indian classical music

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    Geeta Chishti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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    Qawwali

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    Fareed Ayaz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
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    Munshi Raziuddin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
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    Qawwali, Ghazal

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    Nizami khusro brothers son of ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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    Parvati Kumari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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    Qawwali, Thumri, Khyal

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    Subhan Ahmed Nizami is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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    Qawwali, Fusion, Indian pop

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    Qawwali, New Age music, World music

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    Hip hop music, Qawwali, Ghazal

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    Hamsar Hayat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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