A Better Destiny

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Following in the footsteps of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, his anointed successors, Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group, really deliver the goods on their second album. Almost from the first bars, this burns with an almost incandescent heat, the singers bouncing off each other on vocal flights that take them higher and higher to the ecstatic state that's the goal of all qawwalis. The "party," or backing band, offers strong support on vocals, harmonium, and tablas -- the production gives great resonance to the percussion -- giving a springboard to the lead singers. As with all qawwali music, none of the pieces are short (only one clocks in at less than ten minutes), giving the singers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Following in the footsteps of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, his anointed successors, Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group, really deliver the goods on their second album. Almost from the first bars, this burns with an almost incandescent heat, the singers bouncing off each other on vocal flights that take them higher and higher to the ecstatic state that's the goal of all qawwalis. The "party," or backing band, offers strong support on vocals, harmonium, and tablas -- the production gives great resonance to the percussion -- giving a springboard to the lead singers. As with all qawwali music, none of the pieces are short (only one clocks in at less than ten minutes), giving the singers a chance to develop their improvisational flights, which they do very well, having learned from the late master. Since Khan died they've been thrust more into the spotlight, and the amount of work and playing they've done since then shows. The whole group pushes each other harder than on their earlier disc and works together more closely, making for a union of music. It's perhaps too early to say whether they'll achieve the transcendental greatness of their mentor, but if they continue to improve at this rate, the chances have to be very good indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108009727
  • Catalog Number: 98
  • Sales rank: 367,091

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group Primary Artist
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Harmonium
Mushtaq Ahmed Harmonium
Zafar Ali Khan Tabla, Choir, Chorus
Asif Maqbool Chishti Background Vocals
Fazal Miran Choir, Chorus
M. Aurangzaib Mujahid Ali Khan Choir, Chorus
Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan Vocals
Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan Vocals
Mushtiaq Firoz Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Stuart Bruce Producer, Engineer
Marco Migliari Engineer
Marc Bessant Graphic Design
Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan Arranger
Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan Arranger
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