Hailing from a family dynasty of Sufi singers stretching back some six centuries, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan remains the undisputed master of the Qawwali.
Born in Pakistan, Nusrat was tutored in the art of classical music and mystical Sufi poetry by his father. Taking over leadership of the family troupe in 1971, Nusrat began to approach Qawwali with a completely fresh and forward thinking creativity. By developing the sound of Qawwali, Nusrat transformed the spiritual genre into an internationally acclaimed musical art form.
Despite criticism from traditional circles, Nusrat remained true to his belief that it is the responsibility of musicians to make music for the people of their time, declaring, "Tradition should not be seen as a dead thing."
Transcending all boundaries of language, religion and culture audiences worldwide were won over by his dramatic, powerful voice and larger than life persona. Nusrat toured the far flung corners of the world and collaborated with Western artists such as Peter Gabriel and Michael Brook. From 1980 Nusrat played in the UK annually and performed at WOMAD.
Through his collaboration with Bally Sagoo in 1992, on Sagoo's album Magic touch, Nusrat gained instant kudos with young British Asians and heralded the start of Bally Sagoo's breakthrough into the mainstream.
Nusrat died in 1997 but unsurprisingly his unrivalled legend lives on, his awe inspiring voice continues to leave audiences spellbound.
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