Remembering Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on 22nd Death Anniversary

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Worldwide fans commemorate the King of Qawali songs Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on 22nd death anniversary

It’s been 22 years since the legendary singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan left this world, yet his soulful will live forever inside the hearts of Sufi music lovers. NFAK is considered as one of the greatest voices ever recorded. He represents a soulful and golden era of South Asian music industry that will never be forgotten.

Born in Pakistan’s city of Faisalabad on October 13, 1948, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died at the age of 48 on August 16, 1997. He belonged to a classical music family and embarked on a singing career as a qawwal.

Later, the maestro adopted a wide genre of music including Sufi and hymns. He possessed a six-octave vocal range and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.

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Legends Never Die! Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: نصرت فتح علی خان), born Pervez Fateh Ali Khan (13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997), was a Pakistani vocalist and musician, primarily a singer of Qawwali, a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music. Widely considered one of the greatest voices ever recorded, he possessed an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. He belonged to the Patiala gharana extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Khan is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences. He is popularly known as "Shahanshah-e-Qawwali", meaning "The King of Kings of Qawwali". Born in Faisalabad, Khan had his first public performance at the age of 16, at his father's chelum. He became the head of the family qawwali party in 1971. He was signed by Oriental Star Agencies, Birmingham, England in the early 1980s. Khan went on to release movie scores and albums in Europe, India, Japan, Pakistan and the U.S. He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries. In addition to popularising Qawwali music, he also had a big impact on contemporary South Asian popular music. Follow @folklore.magazine for more updates #FolkloreMagazine #News #Entertainment #Food #Lifestyle #Pakistan #Sports #nusratfatehalikhan

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Where he is as loved in India as much as in Pakistan, the popularity of NFAK goes to the West. His work with English musician Peter Gabriel in 1985 on the soundtrack to ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ made him reach out to the western audience.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan won many local accolades and was also honored the prestigious UNESCO Music Prize in 1995.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, he holds the record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist, a total of 125 albums as of 2001.

NFAK is widely credited with introducing Sufi music to the international audience and the world knows him as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali.

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan left the world mourning after he died on August 11, 1997, due to kidney and liver failure. His legacy will always be cherished as of the iconic voices of South Asia.

The soulful voice of NFAK is still preserved in a legacy of his evergreen songs. Commemorating the legacy of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his 22nd death anniversary, here’s a throwback to his some of his most famous qawwalis that will still leave you mesmerized with its heartfelt sound.

1. Afreen Afreen

2. Kali Kali Zulfon Ke Phande Na Dalo

3. Mere Rashke Qamar

4. Mera Piya Ghar Aya

5. Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai

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