For any song to become successful, its lyrics have a very important role to play. This is why seasoned singers always focus their efforts in getting good lyrics written for their songs, making the role of a songwriter exceedingly important. Among the leading songwriters who have contributed to the Pakistani music industry, Sabir Zafar is one of the most notable names.
His real name being Muzaffar Ahmed, Sabir was born at Kahuta in Rawalpindi district on September 12, 1949. Having been associated with a number of popular songs released in recent years, Sabir Zafar has mostly been known for his collaboration with Junoon. Being a political activist in his youth, his poetry also reflects the same and thus the theme of the songs too. In many ways, Sabir was the one who introduced Junoon to Sufism, writing songs like 'Garaj Baras', 'Sayonee', 'Saeein', 'Jazba-e-Junoon', 'Azadi', 'Meri Awaz Suno' and 'Taara Jala'.
He has also been famous for his skills as a lyricist in many songs that he wrote as soundtracks for different dramas. These include 'Chandni Raatein' (for the drama by the same name), 'Baat Kar Le Mujh Se' (Noor Bano) and for dramas like 'Wafa Kaisi, Kahan Ka Ishq' (Hum TV), 'Mujhe Hai Hukm-e-Azan' (Hum TV), 'Vasl' (Hum TV), 'Baarish Ke Aansoo' (Geo TV) and 'Man-o-Salwa' (Hum TV).
He recently wrote the lyrics for the world cup theme song 'Josh-e-Junoon' sung by Ali Azmat. Even though he became popular with his songwriting skills, he still does not see himself primarily as a lyricist. Instead he likes to be known as a poet. He has written lyrics for many other popular singers like Munni Begum, Nazia and Zoheb Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Sajjad Ali, Shehzad Roy, Najam Shiraz, Mohammed Ali Shyhakhi and Faakhir Mehmood.