Nusrat Fateh Ali KhanNusrat Fateh Ali Khan (October 13, 1948 till August 16, 1997), was a Pakistani musician, primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis (a mystical tradition within Islam). He was born in Faisalabad, Pakistan and was the fifth child and first son of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawwal.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s training with his father was cut short when his father died in 1964, leaving Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s paternal uncles, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, to complete his training. In 1971, after the death of Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, Khan, became the official leader of the family Qawwali party and the party became known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan & Party.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sang mainly in Urdu and Punjabi and occasionally in Persian, Brajbhasha and Hindi. His first major hit in Pakistan was the song Haq Ali Ali, which was performed in a traditional style and with traditional instrumentation.

“When I sing for God, I feel myself in accord with God, and the house of God, Mecca, is right in front of me”. (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)

Early in his career, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was signed up by Oriental Star Agencies [OSA] of Birmingham UK to their Star Cassette Label. OSA sponsored regular concert tours by Nusrat to the U.K. from the early ’80s onwards, and released much of this live material on cassette, CD, videotape and DVD.

Awards & Honours won by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan:

  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan featured in Time magazine’s 2006 list of ‘Asian Heroes’.
  • His album Intoxicated Spirit was nominated for a Grammy award in 1997
  • He holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist — a total of 125 albums as of 2001

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