Following on from yesterday’s post surrounding Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan, it makes sense that we take a look at Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who was considered by many to be the greatest Asian music vocalist to have ever walked the earth. In 1985, after Nusrat had been signed by Oriental Star Agencies, he came to Manchester and performed at the Asian School of Music. Coming under the umbrella organisation of Chase Music who specialise in digital pianos and electric keyboards, offering the best prices on the market, the Asian School of Music was honoured to have Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as a performer and teacher at the school. Today, the Asian School of Music is still based at its original Manchester base, which is now the headquarters of the Chase Direct music shop, where you can find a whole range of electronic pianos including the Chase P40 and the Chase P55.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Name: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Occupation; Qawwali singer
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered to have had one of the best voices ever recorded and possessed some of the most impressive vocal capabilities the world has ever seen. Having been performing since the age of 16, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan quickly became one of the world’s most treasured Asian vocalists known to history.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan came from a family of musicians and continued the 600 year old family tradition of Qawwali. He became head of the family qawwali in 1971 and went on to be successful that he was signed by a recording company, Oriental Star Agencies, in Birmingham in the early 1980s. Many film scores and soundtracks were released all over the world that featured Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Following Nurat’s take over of the family Qawwali party, it became known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan & Party.
Unfortunately, at the time of Nusrat’s untimely death, he was part way through various projects, some of which had to be abandoned, and others were finished by other artists, for example, Alanis Morisette finished some of his unfinished vocals for an album being put together by Jonathan Elias.
After his death, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan continues to be an inspiration for musicians all over the world, and his fame has not dwindled. There are many monuments and buildings named in his honour and his legacy only continues to grow.