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Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan(1948-1997) was considered the finestqawwali singer of his generation.
SONGS FROM 'DUBQAWWALI'
Hear old Nusrat recordings dressedup in dub reggae beats by producerGaudi.
'Ena Akhiyan Noo'
'Bethe Bethe Kese Kese'
combines the soaringvocals of the late Pakistani singer NusratFateh Ali Khan and the reggae stylecalled "dub."
The message of [qawwali] and themessage of reggae is exactly thesame. It's peace, love, andspirituality.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: A Sufi Music MasterRevived
by Anil Mundra
August 7, 2007 - Resurrecting the dead is nothing new inmusic. Remember Natalie Cole singing and dancing with herlate father, Nat King Cole? The latest luminary to be revivedis the Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. August 16marks the tenth anniversary of his death.In his short life, Nusrat was the world's greatest singer ofqawwali, a boisterous and passionate music of mysticalIslam. He embraced western pop music, teaming up withPeter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder. Now, Nusrat returns withthe help of Italian dub reggae producer Gaudi. Their new CDis called
.Gaudi is a veteran producer with 11 solo albums over thepast two decades. He specializes in dub reggae, a style thatoften reworks existing material, mixing booming bass anddrums with electronic effects.After dabbling in punk music, Gaudi began experimentingwith synthesizers, and was fully steeped in reggae when hefirst heard one of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's records in themid-1980s. By this time, Khan was already being called the"Emperor of qawwali."Gaudi displays an appropriate reverence for the emperor, afact that most likely helped him when he approached Khan'sold record label. Gaudi says he was thrilled when they gavehim full access to original 40-year-old reel-to-reel tapes ofunreleased Nusrat sessions."It was incredibly emotive for me, seeing the writing,handwriting and everything, I had goose bumps, really,"Gaudi recalls.He took the tapes and worked some studio magic, removingunwanted instruments and laying the bare vocal tracks overhis own beats. It was a daring venture, to be sure, but Gaudisays that in all that tinkering, his aim was not to adapt Khan'smusic to his own beats, but exactly the other way around. Hewas even careful to preserve the message of Khan's music."I couldn't understand what he was thinking about," Gaudisays, "so I had to employ a translator. And making sure thatall the vocals that phonetically for me sounded great, evenmeaning-wise made sense."That's part of the reason the record took Gaudi two years tomake. He says he spent months just listening, beforetouching anything. And in the end, his careful studyconvinced him that he could safely use Jamaican dub beatswithout compromising the spirit of Khan's music."Because the message of that music and the message ofreggae is exactly the same," Gaudi says. "It's peace, love,
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