History pays tribute to legendary qawwali singer, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, one of the greatest singers of his generation in the genre of qawwali. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on October 13, 1948 in Lyallpur, Punjab, which now falls in Pakistan. Nusrat’s father, who was also a qawwali singer, passed away when Nusrat was just 16. Only 10 days after his father’s death, Nusrat saw his father in his dreams, touching his throat and asking him to sing.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (October 1948 – 16 August 1997) was a Pakistani musician, primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. 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. 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 “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”, meaning “The King of Kings of Qawwali”.
Born in Faisalabad, Khan had his first public performance at 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 US. He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries.