Forced to give up education after matriculating from theModel High School in Faisalabad, Nusrat gave his firstpublic performance on Radio Pakistan on March 23, 1965.Roshan Ara Begum, who performed at the concert,congratulated Mubarak Ali Khan and told him that hisnephew showed great talent.Faisalabad's Rehmat Gramophone Company released Nusrat's first audio cassette recordingin 1973, in which one particular song, "
Talkhi-e-halaat se ghabra ke pee gaya
" became ahit. Another song, "
", also became popular.Performing at numerous mehfils (musical gatherings) over the years, Nusrat grew inconfidence. His first tour abroad, appropriately enough, was to India in 1979. He went tothe United Kingdom in 1983 and an encounter with a sharp promoter of the Oriental StarAgency in Birmingham soon resulted in Nusrat travelling to France, Germany and Japan.The
, with pop packaging, had arrived in the West.In 1985, the maestro performed at an international music festival in Colchester, England. Atthe four-night festival, he was slotted to perform from 11-30 p.m. until midnight. "When itwas midnight," Nusrat once told an interviewer, "we tried to leave - you see, we were tiredand it was freezing. But Mr. Ayub (the promoter) told us (to continue)... we stayed andperformed till five in the morning." Ayub is the chief of the Oriental Star Agency in theUnited Kingdom, which has brought out 61 compact discs, 100 audio tapes and 22 concertvideos of Nusrat's
s.Soon, Nusrat's albums were being promoted by WOMAD, an organisation promotingdifferent forms of music. His "
" and "
Sanoo ek pal chain na aaye
" became hitsin the West and at home.Peter Gabriel approached him with a proposal. Nusrat agreed and provided what was tobecome the background voice during the scene of Christ's crucifixion in the film
The Last Temptation of Christ
. He also provided the music for two other films,
Dead Man Walking
Natural Born Killers
, and did the soundtrack for
.The Ustad collaborated with Michael Brook in an album called
released in 1990.Here East met West, although Nusrat was not quite happy with some of the results.The jacket of
says as introduction to the album: "Instruments from differentcontinents were used, like the big Brazilian drum - the surdu, the Senegalese djembe,alongside the Indian tabla and the harmonium, plus bass, keyboards... the project also mixedmusicians from different cultures."Michael Brook has been quoted as saying that "although it wasn't painless, it worked. I'dreally hoped that we could show a more delicate side of Nusrat's singing. I love all thefireworks and the heavy metal solos that he does, but I thought it would be nice to bring outa slower, more introspective component."In 1993, Nusrat was a resident professor at the University of Washington's School of Ethnomusicology.
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