Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Remembering The Legend 22 Years On

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Pervez Fateh Ali Khan AKA Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the man who took qawwali music from a niche audience to a global platform and changed music forever.

Widely considered as one of the greatest voices ever recorded, passed away on August 16, 1997. Leaving behind a rich legacy. The Sufi singer belonged to the Patiala gharana and possessed an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.

Given his dedication and passion for music, Khan was also known as the ‘Shahanshah-e-Qawwali’, meaning ‘The King of Kings of Qawwali’. On his 22nd death anniversary, here are a few evergreen qawwalis that saw UNFAK working with new musicians that opened him up to the world and a new generation of qawwali music fans.

‘Kinna Sohna’ was originally sung in the ’80s by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, then it got the Bally Sagoo treatment and opened up the amazing vocals of NFAK to the world and a younger audience. 

Jhoole jhoole laal – Was another Bally Sagoo mix that was huge, newly fused Punjabi music was everywhere, yet this from the Star Crazy album just blew everything out of the water. Stunning

Bollywood was touched so many times by the late great NFAK, but Dulhe Ka Sehra is one that stands out as a classic the vocals are simply amazing and the video actually adds to the classic qawwali. 

Bollywood being Bollywood used, milked and ruined many a classic NFAK song, one song that was huge in Bollywood was Mera Piya Ghar Aya from the film Yaarana. The original performed below is simply awe-inspiring. 

NFAK continues to inspire musicians globally and open up the world of Qawalli up for the masses. Dr Zeus once again opened took the legendary singer to a new generation with a dedicated album. This being our favourite from the album. 

Last but not least, is our personal favourite and is just something that is dripping is musical gold – Chambe Di Booti live! If this does not get you listening to more Qawalli then we do not know what will.

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