Shahbaaz

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, 1991

In less than a decade Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan achieved outstanding and unique success. The foremost reason for his popularity was his inventiveness - an ability to bring together separate traditions.

To the popular Qawwali (devotional Sufi) form he blended elements of the highly classical vocal tradition known as khyal (Persian for imagination), a style once enjoyed only by the elite. In this way he created a wholly original fusion. More importantly perhaps, he also drew on a range of lyrical material, appealing to Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and even atheists.

Reviews

  • '...blissful, ecstatic, musically fascinating and totally transporting.' Ny Newsday (USA)