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50 Greatest Hits Rahat Fateh Ali Khan by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

50 Greatest Hits Rahat Fateh Ali Khan by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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Qawwali, the driving devotional music of Pakistani and Indian Sufism, grew out of an infusion of North Indian music with Central Asian and Persian texts some 700 years ago. Slamming hand percussion, staccato hand clapping, bellowing hand-pumped keyboard harmoniums, and the atmospheric vocals of qawwali lead vocalists are among the characteristic sounds of this robust religious genre. Qawwali’s intended effect is the elevating of listener and performer alike into mystical realms of spiritual and ecstatic enlightenment. Perhaps the greatest qawwali singer ever was Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He charmed throngs of fans around the globe with his Herculean vocals. Following his death in 1997, the responsibility of carrying his qawwali legacy forward was passed onto nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. In fulfilling the wishes of his dearly departed superstar uncle, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan become the head of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s band and adopted his first name in a traditional gesture of respect. Thanks to the many years of expert training he received from his uncle, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan projects his voice with power,…




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