GAUDI - NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN (Italy/UK/Pakistan)
What happens when you take recently found recordings of a legendary (and now deceased) singer from West Asia and give them to a reggae obsessed, Italian DJ in London in 2007? The result is Dub Qawwali, an album released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997) was a Pakistani Sufi praise singer whose music was called “qawwali”. Nusrat was the latest in an unbroken family lineage of qawwali singers stretching back over the last 600 years. Among other honorary titles bestowed upon him, Nusrat was called Shahenshah-e-Qawwali, meaning The Emperor of Qawwali. His multi-octave voice possessed such transcendent power that he became the first Pakistani musician to win over substantial international audiences. Gaudi DJs at clubs and events across the globe while somehow finding time to release – so far - eleven solo albums and soundtracks, plus 80 remix albums. He calls his personalized, flowing techno-reggae style “Gaudi-dub.”
In 2005 Gaudi began conceiving a new production—composing original music for unreleased Nusrat recordings recently discovered in Pakistan. Slowly building loops of sound around Nusrat’s huge, curling vocal, Gaudi began to build the project he states he is today most proud of: Dub Qawwali. “Stylistically, I’m trying to fuse different cultures, genres and sounds while keeping the unifying element of love,” Gaudi explains.
Considered a legend both in and outside of his home country, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was dubbed the ‘Elvis of the East’ and travelled the world promoting his unique brand of music inspired by the mystical faith of Sufi Islam. His untimely death left behind a vast repertoire of performances that have been sampled by countless DJs and composers over recent years. Even more potent in spreading the Nusrat legend has been the use of Khan’s voice on the soundtracks to several acclaimed films including Bandit Queen, The Last Temptation of Christ and Dead Man Walking. Directors find the huge (yet subtle) spiritual power conveyed by Nusrat appropriate accompaniment to cinematic scenes of great emotional impact.
Gaudi’s understanding of Jamaican dub technology lets him build an epic soundscape around Khan’s magisterial voice. Dub Qawwali takes the legendary art of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan into new musical territory.
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