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"When I sing for God, I feel myself in accord with God, and the house of God, Mecca, is right in front of me. And I worship. When I sing for Mohammed, peace be upon him,our prophet, I feel like I am sitting right next to his tomb, Medina, and paying him respect and admitting to myself that I accept his message." - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, May1997.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
One of the most popular singers in the Indian subcontinent, Khan predominantly sang qawwali, the music of devotional Sufism,but incorporated other forms including Khyal (traditional classical) to produce a unique style that appealed to followers of allreligions. He performed with the Party, a group of highly trained Pakistani musicians which included several family members.Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born shortly after the independence of India and Pakistan on 12 July, 1948 in Lyallpur (laterrenamed Faisalabad). He comes from a distinguished family of musicians steeped in classical and mystical Islamic tradition.His ancestors were great practitioners of qawwali amongst whom Mian Dad Sabib and Mian Kbaliq were also consideredgreat dbrupad singers. His father, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan who died in 1964, was famous both as a classical musician and amaster of qawwali. His detailed and expert knowledge of music of the Indian sub-continent provided the inspiration to developqawwali into a fine art. Nusrat Fateh All Khan as a child and a young boy was given formal training mainly in classical musicand mystical Sufi poetry in Persian, Punjab! and Urdu. He was sixteen when his father died and his father's brother, UstadSalamatAliKban, began to teach him qawwali thereafter. The family therefore have been pre-eminent in keeping alive the pureqawwall tradition. The partnership ended with the death of the latter in 1971. Thereafter, Nusrat took over the leadership of theqawwali ensemble. after experiencing recurring dreams that he was singing at the famous Muslim shrine of Hazratja KhawajaMoid-Ud-Din Christie in Ajmer, India. This dream became reality eight years later This was a turning point in his career for hisfame began to spread throughout Pakistan. At the annual Sufi festival of the patron saint of the city of Lahore, Nusrat wasswept forward on a wave of devotional fervor and acclaim on the first night's qawwali performance in 1972. Nationalacknowledgment of his art came in 1987 when he was awarded the President's Pride Of Performance.Through the 70s and 80s Khan's music began to become increasingly synonymous with India and Pakistan's vibrant filmindustry. Such was his popularity with the stars of the movies that in 1979 he was invited to sing at the wedding of Rishi, son ofactor/director Raj Kapoor, in front of the most prominent members of the Bombay film industry.Peter Gabriel's admiration ofNusrat's singing has led to him working with WOMAD on projects including a compilation album, many festival appearancesand more recently releases on the Virgin /Real World Records label, recorded in England.
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