Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

About Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

A genuine legend of the qawwali form, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has been described as one of the the greatest singers of his generation.

• Born into a Muslim family in October 1948, Khan became the leader of his family’s qawwali parties in 1971, continuing a tradition passed down through generations for over 600 years.
• Khan initially followed qawwali tradition closely. Early songs like “Haq Ali Ali”, on which he used sargam techniques to improvise with his voice, hinted at his colourful and stellar career to come.
• In the 1980s, Khan became a global star, performing across the world and picking up Grammy nominations along the way.
• Khan collaborated with South Asian icons as A. R. Rahman and Lata Mangeshkar as well as Western artists such as Peter Gabriel, the latter for The Last Temptation of Christ soundtrack (1988).
• Khan also composed Bollywood scores for …Aur Pyar Ho Gaya, Kartoos and Kachche Dhaage.
• Khan passed suddenly at the age of 48 in 1997. Musicians such as Nadia Ali, Sheila Chandra, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Buckley have cited him as an influence.

    Lyallpur, Pakistan
  • BORN
    October 13, 1948

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