Devotional Songs

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, 1992

The music on this album concentrates mainly on traditional religious songs. Sufi belief is the mystical branch of Islam and advocates the use of many paths to attain a state of grace or enlightenment – a “stateless state.” Sufism is, fundamentally, a devotional form based upon the love of Allah, Mohammed and Ali. The heart of it is the heart itself.

In the lyric of one of the Qawwali songs we are warned: “Do not accept the heart that is the slave to reason” which points towards the embrace of ecstasy and uninhibited release of energy which is advocated by some Sufi sects, although shunned by Orthodox Islam.

Qawwali means literally “utterance” and, like the Christian Logos or Word of God, the Qawwali is a mouthpiece of Divine Power “We do not sing – we are made to sing.”

"...organic eroticism, mixed with devotional incantation and vocal gymnastics..." VOX

Reviews

  • Devotional Songs '...organic eroticism, mixed with devotional incantation and vocal gymnastics...' Vox (UK)
  • Rhapsodic, hypnotic religious and secular works receive spine-tingling treatment from Khan... Billboard (USA)
  • '...a perfect introduction to one of the world's great vocalists.' Details (USA)
  • '...[there's] enough here to cause an emotional response few groups could ever match. Not quite a state of grace or enlightenment, but excited enough to buy the other [Love Songs] after you've tried one.' Rock'n'reel (UK)