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Qawwali music and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

oday we would like to introduce to you Qawwali music, a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music. It is characterised by simple melodies, forceful rhythms, and energetic improvisations, leading to a listener's euphoric experience. The most internationally famous is Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. His melodic and soft voice was celebrated worldwide, and he was the first person to introduce Qawwali to an international audience.

From London to New York and from Tokyo to Melbourne, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan singlehandedly brought Qawwali, a 13th-century musical form of religious ecstasy, into the 20th century and to the attention of global audiences. He reached out to Western audiences with a couple of fusion records produced with music icons such as Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder. Ustad Nusrat mentored rising new stars that included Jeff Buckley and Joan Osborne. He was the first Pakistani to sing for Hollywood (his simultaneously soft and razor-sharp voice featuring the soundtracks for The Last Temptation of Christ, Dead Man Walking, wherein he collaborated with Eddie Vader from Pearl Jam) and reaching the Billboard Top 100.

Peter Gabriel's Real World label released five albums of Nusrat's traditional Qawwali performances in the West. He also performed traditional Qawwali live in several international music festivals. Bollywood knocked on his door, and Khan sang extensively for Indian movies. Khan was also a prolific artist; the Grammy nominee created more than 150 albums. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan mostly sang in Punjabi and Urdu and Brajbhasha, Hindi, and Persian. His most famous performance was Dam Mast Qalandar Mast, which was performed with folk style and traditional instruments. He was, without doubt, an endearing cultural icon of Pakistan and Qawwali music and will be remembered for his music throughout the world.

Here we recommend 4 of his best works:

1) Afreen Afreen

2) Mustt Kalandar

3) Allah Hoo Allah Hoo

4) Piya Re

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