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Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Shabnam Merali, 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, Europe, etc. where she gives invigorating performances. She was also invited to perform Diamond Jubilee and Golden Jubilee Darbars in several countries around the world.

Internationally recognised for singing Ginans, Geets, Ghazals, Qawwalis and Sufic Kalaam, 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/sufic/qawwalis and ginans: Expressions, Khushi, Sunehra Safar, Shukran, Shaan e Ali, Ishq e Ali, Shahnama e Karimi as well as varous ginan series such as Ilm e Ginan, Anant Akhado, and more.

Shabnam Merali's various albums and geets takes us through a beautiful journey of love and devotion for Mawla, paying tribute to Mawlana Hazar Imam. The compositions, musically rendered in Urdu, Gujrati, 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 Sufic and South Asian heritage allowing Shabnam's desire to bring a global musical experience to the Ismaili Jamats world-wide. These melodies invite you into a journey through Ismaili and Islamic history with love and devotion for Mawla.

Additional resources:

1) Exclusive Interview of Ismaili Sufi, Ghazal and Qawaal Artist: Shabnam Merali
https://ismailimail.blog/2008/12/01/exclusive-interview-of-ismaili-sufi-ghazal-and-qawaal-artist-shabnam-merali

2) A symphony of the soul
https://the.ismaili/ru/our-culture/symphony-soul

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Genre: Geets

Composer: Various

Artist: Shabnam Merali

Accompaniment: Vocal and Instruments

Media: Artist Video

Genre: Geets

Composer: Various

Artist: Shabnam Merali

Accompaniment: Vocal and Instruments

Media: Artist Video

Genre: Geets

Composer: Zulfiqar Jesaani

Artist: Shabnam Merali

Accompaniment: Vocal and Instruments

Media: Artist Video

Genre: Geets

Composer: Shabnam & Alnoor Jinah

Artist: Shabnam Merali

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Genre: Ginans

Composer: Shabnam Merali & Jamil Asani

Artist: Shabnam Merali

Accompaniment: Vocal and Instruments

Media: Artist Video

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