Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a Pakistani singer who is often called as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”. This great musician was born on 13 October 1948 in Faisalabad and died on 16 August 1997 in London. He possessed an amazing variety of vocal abilities and could perform Qawwali at a great level of intensity for several hours.
He is well credited with introducing the Qawwali pattern music to international audiences. Oriental Star Agencies of Birmingham signed him in the early 1980s. He toured and showed his music skills in around 40 countries. Besides Pakistan, Khan had released movie scores and albums in India, Europe, Japan, and the US.
In 1985, Nusrat featured at the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) festival in London. Then he presented his music in Paris in 1985 and 1988. Japan Foundation invited him in 1987, where he performed at the 5th Asian Traditional Performing Art Festival. The US audience admired him a lot for his performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 1989.
During his career, Khan had a good understanding with many Pakistani, Indian, and South Asian singers like late Noor Jehan and late Alam Lohar. He was a visiting artist in the Ethnomusicology department at the University of Washington, Seattle during the 1992-93 academic year.
Khan released five albums of traditional Qawwali in 1988 along with albums Mustt Mustt (1990), Night Song (1996), and Star Rise (1997).
Here is the list of ten most famous songs of Khan.
|Dam Mast Qalander||8:27|
|Mera Piya Ghar Aaya||8:04|
|Sanoon Ek Pal Chain||12:49|
|Yeh Jo Halka Halka||18:57|
|Haq Ali Ali||28:40|
|Aaja Tenon Akhyian||16:12|
|Man Kunto Maula||15:01|
|Tere Main Ishq Nachaeeyan||24:37|
|Nee Main Jaana||18:31|
|Ali Da Malang||10:05|