Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Widely considered as the most important qawwal in history, presented with countless awards and accolades, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, toured the world in the 80s and the 90s, bearing the torch for the South Asian Subcontinent as a whole, he was an icon who put Qawwali on the World Music map. 

Qawwali being a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia, Khan was referred to as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali", Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was nominated for two Grammy awards in the year 1997 for two of his albums, “Intoxicated Spirit” and “Night Song”. 

A pivotal figure in the Asian Underground subculture, he teamed up with Peter Gabriel from the very iconic rock outfit, Genesis, to produce a series of works. 

Peter Gabriel signed Khan to his record label, Real World Records, and would go on to release five albums of traditional qawwali along with the two more experimental albums.

His time with Real World further translated into collaborations with a number of other Western composers and rock musicians, most notably with Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder for two recordings for the soundtrack of Dead Man Walking. 

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his entourage of traditional musicians, famously known as “The Qawwali Party”, were pioneers in their field and were critical figures in introducing the distinct Asian sound to western audiences. 

Cc @realworldrec @theofficialnusrat & Oriental Star Agencies Ltd.


Written By Madhav Sharma

Direction By Harkrishan Singh Alag

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