Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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About Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

The nephew of legendary qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani sufi pop artist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has become a superstar in his own right while carrying on his uncle’s legacy. ∙ Chosen to follow in his uncle’s footsteps as a young child, Rahat began formal training at age six and officially joined Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s group at age 15. ∙ Alongside his uncle and father (acclaimed qawwali singer Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan), Rahat collaborated with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder on the soundtrack for 1995’s Dead Man Walking. ∙ Shortly after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s death in 1997, Rahat assumed leadership of his uncle’s group. ∙ He contributed vocals to the 2003 Indian film Paap, and he subsequently built a parallel career as an award-winning playback singer, appearing in over 100 movies and TV shows. ∙ In 2014, he became the first Pakistani artist to perform at a Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, which that year honored his countrywoman Malala Yousafzai. ∙ The Lux Style Awards—Pakistan’s longest-running entertainment awards show—gave Rahat Best Song of the Year honors in 2014, and he’s won three more awards in the years since.

Punjab, Pakistan
December 9, 1974

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