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Rough Guide to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali KhanAudio CD
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The late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the key artists on Real World Records and certainly one of the most influential. His voice is universally recognised as one of the great voices in musical history and he was key in bringing the Qawwali music tradition to the Western world.

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia, particularly in areas with a historically ... Read more in Amazon's Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Store

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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Music Network
  • ASIN: B00005Y48N
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ya Hayyo Ya Qayyum
2. Dam Hama Dam Ali Ali
3. Nami Danam Chi Manzil Bud Shab Jai Ki Man Budam
4. Hazrat Khwaja Sangh Kheliye Dhamar
5. Mera Yeh Charkha
6. Boha Aes Wele Kine Kharkaya
7. Mera Sohna Sajan
8. Dam Mast Qalandar

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The Rough Guide to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan celebrates the singer who died tragically young four years ago, and who single-handedly put the Pakistani qawwali style on the international map. The music's mystical peace and love message may have made it a laudable export, but its freewheeling modes can be initially hard on the Western ear. What sold it to audiences was this man's extraordinary vocal virtuosity. He could holler with rasping roughness, or he could weave the most delicate melismas. He was adept at pacing his long solos--these 10-minute tracks are mere excerpts--and at building to a blazing climax. All these songs are ecstatically in praise of Allah and his saints, but they range from intimate religious rituals to orchestrated numbers complete with attendant female choruses almost in the Bollywood mode. The liner notes are by Jameela Siddiqi, author of the relevant Rough Guide chapter, and they're exemplary: she places this music in its historical and religious context with lucid authority. "Out of a thousand listeners," said Nusrat, "even if just one feels closer to his Creator, then my work is done." Listen attentively to this marvelous record and you'll see what he meant. --Michael Church

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD June 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful CD, especially for anyone who is totally foreign to Nusrat's music. The first six tracks are qawwali (the Sufi music that Nusrat was known for making famous outside of the subcontinent)in the more traditional form, while the last two tracks are charming pop songs with Qawwali vocals on top. The CD contains tracks from over a half dozen of Nusrat's various other CD's, many of which are hard to find today. All the tracks are refreshing and very easy to get into. My favorite is 'Buha Aes Wele Kine Kharkaya' - track 6 - have a listen if you're in doubt of the other tracks - i can guarantee you'll love it! This CD is a must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A demonstration of Nusrat's talent July 31, 2008
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Whether you're new or already a fan of qawwali, this is not to be missed. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan definitely deserves a whole rough guide to his music, and this does justice to his immense talent. It starts with a song in praise of God, and then an energetic song in praise of Ali. Nami Danam starts out slow, with the introduction to the melody and verses, and then picks up tempo until it is wild, reminiscient of the style of the Sabri Brothers and the best qawwali. The next track is very long and takes more than one listen to appreciate, but it showcases the amazing power of Nusrat's voice, and his power of improvisation in making pieces unique. Track 5 is a classic qawwali song, and one of the best. Track 6 is from his early career, featuring a zither. The last two tracks are modern and pop influenced, but they're still traditional qawwali in the words and melody. Mera Sohna Sajan actually sounds quite nice, with strings and tabla, and the last track, a classic (Dam Mast Qalandar) is okay in places too (it has the same melody as the qawwali, and even has a chorus, albeit an irritating, pop chorus), but it has guitar solos, annoying trumpets and rather crappy electronic beats - but it is an original recording by Nusrat, he knew what he was doing, and it's music in praise of God (or in this case, in praise of the saint Shahabaz Qalandar) so it doesn't matter what form that takes.

There are unfortunately only eight tracks, (after all, qawwali performances can last more than half an hour) and many of them here are excerpts that fade out, but that's really fine (there are full versions of his qawwali frequently available anyway). In fact, for a CD of Qawwali, eight tracks is alot, a generous number.
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