Uniting two of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s finest recordings, Love and Devotion gives the legend’s undulating six-octave range an opportunity to celebrate romantic and religious ecstasy in one place. Accompanied simply by harmonium, handclaps, tabla, and his backing vocalists, Khan brings unparalleled depth and passion to these performances. The call-and-response vocals and rollicking tempo shifts of “Haq Ali Ali Haq” bring to mind a Sufi James Brown. Elsewhere, the romantic Punjabi ghazal “Sanson Ki Mala Pey” feels celebratory and sensual at the same time.
Born: October 13, 1948 in Lyallpur, Pakistan
Years Active: ’70s, ’80s, ’90s
Without doubt the most important qawwal is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party — “Party” is a generic term for a qawwali ensemble but is also used in Sikhism and to describe some classical music ensembles, for example, shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan & Party. Dubbed Shahen-Shah-e-Qawwali (the Brightest Star in Qawwali), he was born on October 13, 1948, in Lyallpur in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. He made his first recording in…