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.
- 1,666580Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Urdu/Punjabi: نصرت فتح علی خان), born Pervez Fateh Ali Khan (13 October... more
- 797420The Sabri Brothers are a Sufi Qawwali party from Pakistan. Sometimes, referred to as Roving... more
- 454233Fateh Ali Khan (Urdu: فتح علی خان) was a classical singer and a Qawwali musician in the 1940s... more
- 624342Mohammed Rafi (24 December 1924 – 31 July 1980) was an Indian playback singer and widely... more
- 524299Aziz Mian Qawwal (Urdu: عزیز میاں قوال) (17 April 1942 – 6 December 2000) was one of... more
- 17781Munnawar Masoom is an Indian singer of qawwali.... more
- 416260Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Urdu: راحت فتح علی خان ) (born 9 December 1974), is a Pakistani... more
- 274176Abida Parveen (Urdu: عابدہ پروین; born 20 February 1954), is a Pakistani Sufi Muslim singer,... more
- 8542Ahmed Rushdi, SI, PP (Urdu: احمد رشدی; 24 April 1934 – 11 April 1983) was a versatile... more
- 168118Ustad Ghulam Fariduddin Ayaz Al-Hussaini Qawwal is a Pakistani Qawwal. He belongs to the... more
- 187140Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan (Urdu: فرخ فتح علی خان) (December 25, 1952 – September 9, 2003) was a... more
- 179135Ab'ul Hasan Yamīn ud-Dīn Khusrau (1253 – 1325) (Persian: ابوالحسن یمین الدین خسرو, Urdu:... more
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- 133114Noor Jehan (Urdu: نُورجہاں ), (born Allah Wasai; 21 September 1926 – 23 December 2000), also... more
- 159144Ustad Bahauddin Khan Qawwal (1934 – 3 February 2006) (Urdu: أستاذ قوّال بهاءالدين) was a... more
- 187186Nizami Bandhu is an Indian Qawwali musical group consisting of Chand Nizami, Shadab Faridi... more
- 121114Warsi Brothers are an Indian Qawwali musical group, consisting of brothers Nazeer Ahmed Khan... more
- 123121Sher Mian Dad Khan, is a Pakistani qawwal and a folk singer. He was born in Pakpattan and... more
- 8888Faiz Ali Faiz (Urdu: فیض علی فیض; born in 1962 in Sharaqpur, Pakistan) is a well-known... more
- 7283Badar Miandad Khan (17 February 1962 – 2 March 2007), also known as Badar Ali Khan, was a... more
- 4956Mubarak Ali Khan was the father of Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan, uncle of Qawwali musicians Nusrat... more