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Make no mistake. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (the Shahen-Shah himself)is the best vocalist of the 20th century and were it not for his untimely, tragic death in 1997, he would be revered all around the world today. How different the world would be post 9/11 etc with this man around to sing and make it all better. If God (whoever he is) could choose someone to sing on his behalf, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Nusrat would be it.
Traditional Qawwali is raw, repetitive, rythmnic and long. "Shahen-Shan" provides a perfect snapshot into this genre of music (for those who are novice listeners) and also the deep spirituality that is associated wth hearing NFAK sing. And then there is the Nusrat factor itself. How scary it must have been to see this musical monument sing live. It is the greatest regret in my life that I discovered him too late. His improvisations, voice, control and charisma that is evident just by listening to him is amazing.
If there were more than five stars, I'd give it more. Nusrat is the best ever. If you haven't heard him, you are missing out.
I'm a pretty average American. I don't play an instrument, don't speak a foreign language, don't spend my days living an exotic lifestyle.
And I've purchased this album 3 times. The first time I picked it up in a bargain bin on a whim. When I lost that one, I purchased a used copy for $35.00 from a guy in Canada. When that one became too scratched, I purchased this digital version.
Absolutely, without a doubt, worth every penny.
Yes, it' "world" music. Yes, they sing in a language that isn't English. Yes, they use non-western instruments that sound kind of different. Yes, the songs are really long.
And Yes, YES, this album is one of the most amazing listening experiences I've ever had. I don't know how many times I've listened to it, but it must be in the hundreds by now.
It's difficult to describe what listening to this album is like, especially if you're unfamiliar. But for me, it was like listening to Muddy Waters for the first time. Till then I had listened mostly to the radio. Top 40, classic rock, hard rock, RnB. Whatever. But when I listened to Muddy, it was like finding a sunlit plaza after spending a long time in a room lit by flourescent lights. It was heartfelt. It was raw, simple, powerful. And you had no doubt it was performed by someone who lived and breathed music, and who made performing it a way of life.
That's what this album is like.
Give it a chance. You won't be disappointed.
Singing Qawwali (Sufi devotional music), Ali Khan soars over the rhythm, showing us the way to his God. Even if we can't speak his language, we can certainly be moved by his faith.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has magic in his voice. No matter what I write, it will not be enough to convey the beauty of the music. You have to listen and enjoy it, you will.Published on April 13, 2014 by DS
What a talent.. This man can do no wrong & it's a huge loss to the world that he's no longer with us. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by In a Sense
Shahen Shah is the twenty-third album by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan that I have added to my collection. In hindsight, it should have been one of the first, as for me it ranks highly... Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Malcolm Foster
I bought this MP3 CD after reading the reviews here and am happy to report that I am not one bit disappointed. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by Puneet S. Lamba
My heart sings what my mouth cannot whenever I listen to Nusrat, his music can never be matched, his voice stretches human limits because he truly sings with all angels, prophets,... Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by Basem