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Category Legendary figures 11 May 2019

Legendary Figures: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the qawwali powerhouse

The last decade of the 20th century witnessed an amazing musical phenomenon in the art of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997), a hereditary qawwal (performer of qawwali) from Pakistan. The singer took what was essentially the mystic music of Sufi initiates – performed in sacred enclaves in India and Pakistan – and transported it to secular audiences around the world with astounding success. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is widely acknowledged as the greatest qawwali singer ever to be recorded and probably the busiest ...

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