Shahensha-e-Qawwali (The Emperor Of Qawwali)

It is very difficult to adequately summarise a career as stellar as Nusrat’s.

Traditionally Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia, has been a family business. Nusrat’s family has an unbroken tradition of performing Qawwali over 600 years. His voice is universally recognised as one of the great voices in musical history and he was key in bringing the Qawwali music tradition to the Western world.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s legacy has enraptured millions across the globe with his magnificent and haunting voice. Among some of the honorary titles bestowed upon him include, Shahensha-e-Qawwali which translates as The Emperor Of Qawwali.

By the time of his death in 1997 he had had been entered into the Guinness Book Of Records for recording more Qawwali albums than any other artist.

He performed with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Eddie Vedder, Massive Attack and Michael Brook.

One of his collaboration albums with Michael Brook, Night Song was nominated for a Grammy and described by Billboard as, “a work of great beauty…an album for the ages, defying genre and solidifying Khan’s stature as one of the world’s pre-eminent singers.”

He also contributed to the soundtracks of countless films including Dead Man Walking, Passion and Natural Born Killers.

In 1993 Jeff Buckley declared from the stage, “Nusrat, he’s my Elvis.”

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: 1948-1997

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