Swan Songby Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
His soul-stirring voice blew the doors off qawwali, the Sufi Islamic devotional singing of Pakistan, allowing the world to revel in his quest for the divine, regardless of religion, race, or creed. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who died at the age of 48 in 1997, was one of world music's great populizers -- working with Western stars like Peter Gabriel and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and sampled on countless DJ remixes. He turned millions on to the beauty and power of his art. So this SWAN SONG, the last recorded concert given by Nusrat and his Party on May 4, 1997, in Pakistan, is fitting indeed because it shows the world a side of Nusrat that, while incredibly popular, has been virtually unknown in the West: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, pop star. Backed by his traditional Party of vocalists and percussionists, the mighty Khan is also joined by a battery of guitarists, a drummer, synthesizers, and saxophones. The result is something like a Muslim wedding in Las Vegas, with one of the world's greatest ecstatic singers presiding. In a weakened state through much of his final year, Nusrat is not in great voice here. His cousin Rahat (who now leads the Party) supplies most of the vocal acrobatics. The blazing electric guitar solos and disco beats also buoy the gentle giant over this 90-minute, 2-CD performance of his biggest hits. But Nusrat's rich, unmistakable, sandpaper tonality is present as ever, and his star power is in full effect as the crowd goes wild again and again. This is how most of the world experienced Khan -- their hearts touched and butts moved by a music that's both sacred and sexy, even a little schlocky. And if it dispels some of the exotic mystique for his Western audience, bringing them closer to his adoring South Asian fans, the demotic Mr. Khan wouldn't mind.
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Performance CreditsNusrat Fateh Ali Khan Primary Artist,Vocals,Alaap
Asad Ali Khan Background Vocals
Tanveer Hussein Bass
Nafis Ahmed Background Vocals
Technical CreditsNusrat Fateh Ali Khan Contributor
Walter Torres Contributor
Hyatt Khan Sound Crew
Malik Abbas Sound Crew
Faisal Rafi Producer
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Iisten to him and see how one can sing so deep, that u can feel the pain in his voice, for his love.