Wednesday’s Artist: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, A legend from Pakistan

This Wednesday’s artist is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (13 October 1948 - 16 August 1997). He was and is one of the most important musical figures in Pakistan and the middle east. He was mainly a vocalist of Qawwali, a form of Sufi Islamic music.


Every Wednesday of the week, Tunitemusic introduces a new artist and their works. These artists have been chosen regardless of their musical genre.


Fateh Ali Khan is known as the “Shahanshahe Qawwali” meaning the King of kings of Qawwali singing, in Pakistan. He had his first public performance at the age of 15. He introduced the Qawwali music to the international audience.


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was signed by Oriental Star Agencies, Birmingham, England in the early 1980s. He released movie scores and albums in Europe, Japan, Pakistan, India, and the United States. Khan engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries. In addition to popularising Qawwali music, he also had a big impact on contemporary South Asian popular music, including Pakistani pop, Indi-pop and Bollywood music.


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Khan has died due to a sudden cardiac arrest, while he has been transferred to the UK from his native country Pakistan for treatment due to his kidney and liver problem. It is said that he weighed almost 135 kilograms in his latest days.


Discography:


  • 1988: In Concert in Paris, VolNitin Sawhney, Musician, Thursday 17 June 2004, Observer.co.uk 1. Ocora.

  • 1988: Shahen-Shah. RealWorld/CEMA.

  • 1990: Mustt Mustt. RealWorld/CEMA. Collaboration with Michael Brook.

  • 1991: Magic Touch OSA.

  • 1991: Shahbaaz. RealWorld/CEMA.

  • 1991: The Day, The Night, The Dawn, The Dusk. Shanachie Records.

  • 1992: Devotional Songs. Real World Records.

  • 1992: Love Songs. EMI.

  • 1993: Ilham. Audiorec.

  • 1993: Traditional Sufi Qawwalis: Live in London, Vol. 2. Navras Records.

  • 1994: Pakistan: Vocal Art of the Sufis, Vol 2 – Qawwali. JVC.

  • 1994: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party. Real World Records.

  • 1994: The Last Prophet. Real World Records.

  • 1994: Traditional Sufi Qawwalis: Live in London, Vol. 4. Navras Records.

  • 1995: Revelation. Interra/Intersound.

  • 1995: Back to Qawwali. Long Distance

  • 1996: In Concert in Paris, Vol. 3–5. Ocora.

  • 1996: Qawwali: The Art of the Sufis. JVC

  • 1996: Night Song. Real World Records.

  • 1996: Dead Man Walking: The Score. Columbia/Sony

  • 1996: Intoxicated Spirit. Shanachie Records.

  • 1996: Mega Star. Interra.

  • 1996: Bandit Queen. Milan.

  • 1996: The Prophet Speaks. M.I.L. Multimedia.

  • 1996: Sangam. EMI.

  • 1997: Live In India. RPG.

  • 1997: Akhian. M.I.L. Multimedia.

  • 1997: Live in New York City. M.I.L. Multimedia.

  • 1997: Farewell Song: Alwadah. M.I.L. Multimedia.

  • 1997: In Concert in Paris, Vol 2. Ocora.

  • 1997: Oriente/Occidente: Gregorian Chant & Qawwali Music. Materiali Sonori.

  • 1997: Dust to Gold, Realworld Recordings.

  • 1998: Allah & The Prophet. Ex Works.

  • 1998: Star Rise: Remixes. EMI.

  • 1998: Live at Royal Albert Hall. M.I.L. Multimedia.

  • 1998: Missives from Allah. BCD.

  • 1998: Imprint: In Concert. Hi Horse Records. (Selections from the 23 January 1993 concert at Meany Hall, the University of Washington in Seattle, during Khan's residency at their Ethnomusicology program.)

  • 1999: Peace. Omni Parc.

  • 1999: Live at Islamabad, Vol 1–2. M.I.L. Multimedia.

  • 1999: Passion. NYC Music.

  • 1999: Visions of Allah. Ex Works.

  • 1999: Swan Song. Narada.

  • 2000: Jewel. MoviePlay.

  • 2000: Live in London, Vol 3. Navras Records.

  • 2001: Opus. Vanstory.

  • 2001: The Final Studio Recordings. Legacy/Sony.

  • 2001: Pukaar: The Echo. Navras Records.

  • 2001: The Final Moment. Birdman Records.

  • 2002: Body and Soul. RealWorld/CEMA.

  • 2002: Sufi Qawwalis. Arc Music.

  • 2004: Allah Hoo. Saregama.

  • 2004: Aur Pyar Ho Gaya. Saregama.

  • 2004: Ishq Da Rutba. Saregama.

  • 2004: Kartoos. Saregama.

  • 2004: Main Aur Meri Awargi. Saregama.

  • 2004: Ye Jo Halka. Saregama.

  • 2005: Nami Danam. JVC Compact Discs.

  • 2010: Mitter Pyare Nu. Nupur Audio


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