Friday, October 14, 2011

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remembered

There are very few singers who just come and click to the audience right on their solo appearance. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was one such person, who came and conquered not only the local audience of Pakistan, but throughout the world as well. Some labeled him as the Bob Marley of Pakistan, while others called him the Elvis of the East. No doubt, in a very short span of his career, he made a great impression on the music scene with his mix of Eastern poetic music with that of the West.

His association with Peter Gabriel helped to spread his kind of music in Europe and the United States. Peter Gabriel's "Real World" label released five albums of Nusrat's traditional qawwali performances in the West. In 1995, he collaborated with Eddie Vedder on the soundtrack to film "Dead Man Walking".

On Thursday, his 63rd birthday was celebrated and a rich tribute was paid to this great music maestro, both within and without Pakistan. He was born on October 13, 1948 and died August 16, 1997 - hardly 48 years.