Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a large man. A man with a body larger than a couple of linebackers stuck together and voice that seemed to be the reason for the heavens themselves. Single handedly he brought the music of Sufi Pakistan into mainstream western consciousness and left behind a reputation that only true geniuses are accorded.
Rahat Ali Khan is the nephew of the great qawwal who died in 1997. And for better or worse he has been given the heavy responsibility (burden?) of carrying on the tradition. Groomed by Nusrat from a young age to be the second lead vocal in his ‘party’ Rahat’s voice can be heard on many of his uncle’s recordings, playing off, sparring, challenging and complementing the formidable giant of qawwali.
In the years since his uncle’s passing, Rahat has forged a role as a pop star, singing a mix of Sufiana tinged music and straight ahead Pak-pop. Some of it is excellent; some not so great. But there is no denying the allure of his voice which has that same ability of his uncle’s to easily scale high registers and dance with agility and incredible power. Clearly, Nusrat recognised something special.
Several years ago, Rahat Ali Khan and a small band that included electric bass, piano and soprano sax along with the usual qawwali party accompanists, recorded a concert in memory of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. In his short introduction to the show, Rahat thanks his audience for giving of their precious time to come to pay respects to the ‘one they loved’. He promises to sing some of the songs from his uncle’s repertoire as well as others which ‘until now have not had their stories told’! How lovely is that?
A fantastic record of what must have been a truly magical night.
01 Introduction by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
02 Man Kunto Maula
03 Allah Hu
04 Lagan Laagi Tum Se
05 Tumhein Dillagi Bhool Jaani Padegi
06 Sanson Ki Mala
07 Ni Main Jana Jogi De Naal